Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
The river flows continue to fluctuate during the day but they are running about normal for this time of year. Access and fishing continues to be good and it could stay that way through the holidays as long as the projected rain doesn't muddy the waters. Fish between the riffles into the deeper runs and pools where the fish are moving back and forth to feed. Try drifting worms, bright colored salmon eggs or PowerBait for trout and small spoons or spinners will catch both trout and steelhead. Fly fishermen seem to do best using nymph patterns like a #12-16 Prince Nymphs to catch both trout and whitefish, while bigger streamers, big ole' nightcrawlers, shrimp, or spinners will also catch the bigger trout and steelhead.
The water levels continue to hover at about 2-3 feet down. Anglers are still catching some crappie using small jig headed grubs or tubebaits fished deep of the steeper banks and ledges. Most of the fish are being caught near the mouth of the Powder River Arm, some towards the dam and a few other locations where there are steeper banks. Bass fishing is slow but the trout fishing should continue to be fair if you know where look. All the boat ramps are available.
Bank anglers were still catching some nice sized trout but access will become a problem if the weatherman gets it right. Some ice will likely start forming back up around the shoreline but it shouldn't really be enough over the weekend to stop the hardier anglers. Before you go it might be a good idea to call Tackle Tom's at 208-382-4367 for the latest on the weather and reservoir conditions.
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Hagerman Wildlife Management Area
The Hagerman Valley and surrounding area has many local spring-fed ponds and streams that remain open year-round. The Malad River is still open and offers some decent dry fly fishing opportunities for trout. Clear Lake at the Country Club Golf Course is also a favorite for South Central Idaho anglers. For the latest fishing information on Clear Lake call 208-543-4849. It costs $10 a day to fish and the lake is stocked several times during the winter to entice anglers from all over Idaho to spend some time in the Magic Valley. Throughout the coldest winter months in the Hagerman area you can catch trout, bass, crappie and even catfish in many of the springs-fed streams along the Snake River. For more information contact the Magic Valley Region of the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game at 208-324-4359.
It still looks like it might be a while longer before the ice is safe enough to fish. Don't be fooled by the fact that the lake looks like it's iced over, always take the proper precautions when venturing out on the ice the first time. Besides if the weatherman has it right the road might be too messed up to get back into the lake until its plowed. No telling when that might be.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
Wilson Pond was scheduled to be stocked again this week with catchable sized trout, weather and water conditions permitting. As long as they remain ice-free Wilson Pond and Springs will be stocked throughout the winter. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
I'm going to repeat my report from last week due to the drastically low flows. Even though most of the browns have completed spawning they're still vulnerable so fishing here is at your own discretion. You know what they say, "discretion is the better part of valor." The water is very low and clear and the fish are spooky; even though anglers have reported some decent success midday, fishing will be spotty at best.
South Fork of the Boise River
Fly casters are getting some decent dry fly fishing using baetis and midge patterns. Nymph fishing always produces in the winter. Flows are running about 300 cfs. which is decent for wade fishing. Remember it's catch and release only for the trout.
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