Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
Anderson Ranch Reservoir
Kokanee fishing is about as good as it's going to get before the fish start heading for their spawning beds. In fact some fish are already showing signs that they're starting to change. Anglers were catching fish reasonably shallow, 20-40 feet, but that's all done for the most part. Anglers are reporting catching most of their fish in 60 feet and deeper, especially late in the afternoon. The key here is a great depth finder and some decent downriggers. Good news, some of the fish caught so far have been decent sized compared to kokanee caught elsewhere with anglers bragging about fish up to 20 inches. Slow trolling dodgers trailed with pink and orange Hoochies and other lures like Wedding Rings or spinner type lures like Kokabows.
After a third round of Chinook planted in the river by Idaho Fish & Game this week; plenty of rainbow trout and flows that are now running below normal improving access this is a great place to head after work once the evening cool down begins. Try bait fishing with lightly weighted nightcrawlers for trout and Chinook, marshmallows, salmon eggs and worms for trout, or tossing inline spinners like a Mepps, Blue Fox or Panther Martin to catch both. Dry fly attractor patterns like an Elk Hair Caddis or PMD's are working well for fly fishermen but tossing small nymphs like a Prince Nymph or Beadhead Pheasant Tail will also catch trout, while larger streamers might catch a Chinook or a big brown trout.
The reservoir levels are continuing to slowly drop and will be about 12 feet down by the weekend. Crappie fishing continues to be fair but the fish have finally moved into deeper water so look for many schools to be between 40-50 feet down. Fishing deeper slows your catch rate down but you can still catch more fish than you really want to clean. You can also still catch all the small bass you want to but if you're going catch the nicer ones you'll have to get up pretty early or fish late in the day, which seems to be the only time they'll show their face. If you try this use a topwater plug, you might not catching any bigger fish but you'll have a ball trying. Catfishing is still fair but moss is starting to become a problem upstream from Farewell Bend and between Steck Park and the river. Anglers are still catching a few perch and bluegill using cut bait, small Red Worms or small nightcrawlers.
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Anglers continue to catch bass using various topwater baits and plastics in and around the pockets Smartweed, submerged brush and various tree trunks. Anglers are also catching a few crappie, a few bluegill and lots of catfish from shore and from their boats. With projected 100 degree days this weekend perhaps fishing at daybreak and dawn will be the ticket, and as far as the fish they will likely prefer those hours too.
Local Ponds and Streams
This week the Idaho Fish & Game is scheduled to stock fish in the Warren Dredge Ponds, the North Fork of Lake Fork Creek, various portions of the North Fork of the Payette River and Tripod Reservoir. In the Southern Section they're scheduled to stock fish in the Martin Lake, Little Bull Trout Lake #2, Silver Creek and both Wilson Pond and Creek. For more stocking information go to the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
Mountain Lakes & Streams
Southwestern Idaho mountain lakes like Horsethief, Warm Lake, Deadwood, Sage Hen, Mann's Creek Reservoir, Tripod Reservoir and Lost Lake all still have good to excellent trout fishing. Bait like worms, marshmallows and PowerBait fished from shore will all work to catch fish, but anglers fishing from boats can also catch fish with bait or by trolling small pop gear. High mountain alpine lake fish are about as active as they get and they're willing to bite just about anything you toss at them.
Anglers continue catching largemouth and some smallmouth using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jigs. Some fish are still being caught off the steeper rocky points and vertical rock faces and banks but more and more fish are coming off the shallower points and flats. With these high temperatures the fish will be up early in the day and also looking for likely spawning areas so fishing should continue to improve. The crappie fishing has been decent at times but the fish are still scattered with most of the fish being caught by boaters.
Snake River (Swan Falls to Brownlee Reservoir)
Fishing for bass and catfish continues to be good, especially below Swan Falls to the Oregon line near Adrain, Oregon. However the moss is starting to become a problem in the river below Parma to Brownlee Reservoir. Anglers are using topwater plugs early and late in the day then using watermelon and green pumpkin curly tailed grubs and crawdad colored tube baits during the day to catch fish. Catfish will always bite on various stinkbaits but a fat juicy nightcrawler still seems to be the ticket right now.
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