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Hells Canyon Reservoirs
Bass fishing is still good in all three reservoirs but it's still best to fish early or late in the day to catch the bigger fish. Crappie fishing has improved on Brownlee and Oxbow but the fish are a little bigger by average on Oxbow. The trout fishing is hit and miss on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir but anglers are still catching a few decent sized fish. Catfishing is pretty good on Brownlee, which by the way is 20 feet down.
High Mountain Lake & Streams
Trout fishing will continue to be great up until the snow flies. In the streams try fishing the pocket water with a #16 Elk Hair Caddis or Stonefly imitations spun with either elk or deer hair. And as I stated before on the lakes you can catch fish on anything that floats, sinks, shines, glimmers, wiggles, or even resembles anything buggy or fishy. That includes imitations of ants, beetles, minnows, shrimp or crayfish. Be sure and check the regulations for both streams and lakes before heading out, some have restrictions on tackle and bag limits.
Fishing is not the best during the day but anglers are still catching smaller trout. Try using worms or marshmallows but Powerbait works best to catch fish from shore. Boat fishermen are doing a little better using small spinners and pop gear trailed with bait. Fly fishermen do best with slow to medium sink lines using Stayner Ducktails or olive colored leeches, but again its best if you fish during low light hours no matter what your fisihing with.
Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game Stocking Report
The stocking emphasis has moved more towards mountain lakes and streams out of the Treasure Valley. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.
The lake is down 15 feet and the only ramp left is the Upper Dam - park ramp. Be cautious boating between the upper and lower lake because of the shallow water. Anglers are still catching plenty of nice sized bass near the lower dam, across the Equalizer and off Gott's Point. Most of the fish are being caught using plastic jigs but crankbaits will also catch fish. Other anglers are catching a few bluegill and they're still catching lots of catfish. Fishing below the dam has slowed but anglers are still catching an array of fish spin casting and bait fishing.
Brave boaters are still managing to launch their boats but there is no word on exactly how they're doing it. I witnessed boat anglers catching both bass and crappie in Dry Creek this past weekend so I suspect the fishing has been good. I managed to catch a few bass and lots of catfish from shore myself. For more information call the Malheur County Sheriff's Department at 541-473-5126 and ask to speak to the Marine Sheriff for the latest boating access details.
Smallmouth fishing is just going to get better from here on out. Try fishing in between the weedlines or back eddies and avoid the moss, which by the way is getting a little better. Try drifting various plastics for bass during the day but don't hesitate to use a topwater plug or jerkbait early or late in the day. In spite of the moss anglers are still catching plenty of catfish using stinkbait, worms and crickets.
Nothing much has changed here, trout fishing remains good for both bank and boat anglers. Bank fishermen are using Powerbait or worms to catch both rainbows and brook trout while trollers are doing well catching trout using small spinners and baited pop gear. Fly fishermen can also catch fish on various small streamer flies, Woolly Worms and nymphs.
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