Idaho Lake Reports



Idaho Lake Reports 08/14/2014



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American Falls Reservoir

No Reports.

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Anderson Ranch Reservior 07/04/2013

Kokanee has slowed for mostly smaller ones, most of the fish are being caught fairly deep. Smallmouth fishing is fair with folks catching fish shallow using topwater early and late in the day and plastics during the day around the rocky shorelines.

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Arrowrock Reservoir 06/19/2014

Boat anglers continue hunting for trout and kokanee. While trolling light pop gear is probably your best bet it's getting tougher find the fish. Most are being caught early in the morning at anywhere between 5 to 25 feet. Bass anglers are still catching fish upstream between the South Fork and the Middle Fork. Try using jerkbaits and light colored tube baits off the rocky banks and in and around the sunken willows in the backs of the small coves.

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Ashton Reservoir

On the heels of the recent landing of the new state record brown trout, many anglers may be more interested in trying Ashton Reservoir. The reservoir is heavily stocked with rainbow trout, and also has a good number of wild rainbow and brown trout-which as recent events have shown, can get to be very large!

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Beulah Reservior 05/22/2014


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Boise Area Ponds:

Nom recent Reports.

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Brownlee Reservoir 06/19/2014

The reservoir is full with all boat ramps available. Crappie fishing continues to be good in the lower reservoir. Anglers are also still catching fish along the Powder River Arm, between Swede's Landing, the GraveYard and up towards the dam. You probably won't catch very many big fish but you should catch a few up to 12 inches. Bass fishing continues to be fair but most of the fish are small. Try fishing with crankbaits, jerkbaits and topwater plugs early and late in the day then switch to slow dragging a plastic worm, leech or tube bait along the rocky shores and points towards the flats. Anglers are also catching a few perch and plenty of catfish on stinkbait, cut bait or worms.

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Bruneau Sand Dunes 07/15/2010

Anglers are still catching some bass using top water baits and a few bluegill on little foam spiders, mostly early and late in the day. Other places like Crane Falls Reservoir and Halverson Ponds are also fishing fair, again mostly during low light hours. Mostly you'll find warmwater species like bass; bluegill or catfish in Idaho's small valley lakes, but Crane Falls is also planted with trout. No gas motors are allowed but you can troll with an electric motor with spinners or flies and catch fish. Bait will work until the weed beds take over, which is already starting to happen.

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Bully Creek Reservior 08/13/2009

The water level have dropped out of most of the structure so fishing is a lot more difficult. The reservoir was only half full as of July 5. Anglers are catching a few bass and the crappie bite is slow. However if you catch one it's a biggun!

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Cascade Reservoir 08/14/2014

Fishing for trout and kokanee has slowed as the fish are finally seeking deeper water. Try trolling small pop gear, perch colored Rapalas or small spinners. Smallmouth bass fishing is still fairly good, especially early in the morning using jerkbaits or topwater fished over the weed beds. During the day try fishing plastics like tube baits or Senko type baits in between the weedlines and along the creek channels. Perch fishing is getting better but there's not as many big fish being caught. The west side of the reservoir and the Poison Creek area seem to be the best spots. Most of the perch are being caught anywhere from about 6 feet to 20 feet in between the weedlines or off the deeper channel breaks. Worms or cut bait will work best for perch.

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C. Ben Ross Reservoir (east of Cambridge) 08/13/2009

Some anglers are still catching a few smaller bass along the little bit of remaining submerged willows using spinnerbaits and buzzbaits early or late in the day, but heat has been brutal. Maybe this weekend will help. Plastic jigs work best especially flipped in close to the remaining willows.

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C.J. Strike Reservoir 08/14/2014

Bass anglers are still catching decent numbers of fish in the morning and evening. The crappie fishing has improved and anglers are reporting catching some decent sized fish. Most of the fish are being caught on tiny tube jigs up and down the banks from Jack's Creek through the Narrows. Perch fishing is slow and there's not many of any real size.

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Chesterfield Reservoir

Good carry-over water should provide good fishing this fall, winter and into next year. The reservoirs are slowly cooling off, which is turning on trout in Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs.

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Clear Lake (near Buhl) 01/09/2014

This can be a good place to winter fish because the little lake keeps open water to fish all year. I still haven't heard any real good reports but fishing here could be better than sitting at home waiting for ice fishing to start. The lake usually gets stocked with some real bruisers sometime in late fall to late winter. It costs $10 a day to fish and only fly fishing special regulations apply.

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Coeur d'Alene Lake



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Condie reservoir

NO reports.

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Crane Falls Reservoir 05/01/2014

The Dept. of Fish & Game stocked Crane Falls with 2,000 with a lot of catchable rainbows and there is also bass and bluegill available for fly casters as well. Remember no gas motored boats allowed but you can use an electric trolling motor.

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Daniels reservoirs



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Deadwood Reservior 07/17/2014

Trout fishing is decent for both bank and boat anglers. Bait works best, like red worms, Powerbait or marshmallows and trollers are using baited Wedding Rings and small spinners to catch fish.

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Devils Reservior

No reports.

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Duck Valley Reservoirs 06/19/2014

Mt. View is still fishing well but the next round of heat is going to bring out more moss so fishing will suffer for bank anglers. Trollers should still do well fishing with small pop gear and spinners or spoons. Sheep Creek and Billy Shaw are also still fishing fair. Bank anglers are using Powerbait, marshmallows and worms to catch fish while boat anglers and fly casters are using various olive and black colored Woolly Buggers, nymph patterns or variations of the Sheep Creek Special. Anytime the wind isn't blowing 90mph is a good time to fish.

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Glendale Reservior



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Hagerman Vally 05/30/2013

Oster Lake Complex are stocked with trout and fishing fairly well. Billingsly Creek and the Malad River are great places to toss a fly. Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is a great trout fishery, and there's bass, crappie and catfish to be caught as well. Check with the folks at Clear Lake Country Club near Buhl for more information on their trophy lake at (208) 543-4849.

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Hayden Lake



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Hebgen Lake

No Recent Reports.....

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Hells Canyon Reserviors 08/14/2014

Bass fishing is still great in all three reservoirs but it's best to fish early or late in the day to catch the bigger fish. Crappie fishing has improved on Brownlee and Oxbow with the recent rains, perhaps it will continue to improve. Anglers are catching a few perch on Brownlee and they're still catching plenty of catfish on all three reservoirs using stinkbait, cut bait or worms. The trout fishing is starting to become hit and miss on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir but anglers are still catching some nice fish.

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Henry's Lake



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High Mountain Lakes and Streams 08/14/2014

Trout fishing continues to be great in between cloudbursts and it seems no matter where you go or what you use the fish still seem to be hungry. Try pocket water fishing with a #16 Elk Hair Caddis or Stonefly imitations spun with either elk or deer hair on the rivers and small spinners on the lakes. Be sure and check the regulations on each of these rivers before heading out.

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Horsethief Reservoir 08/14/2014

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.

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Island Park Reservior



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Lake Billy Shaw 06/16/2011

Anglers have also been having reasonable success on Lake Billy Shaw.

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Lake Lowell 08/07/2014

Bass fishing is still fair but you have to fish early or late in the day to survive the heat or to catch many fish. Buzzing plastic frogs and various types of buzzbaits over the remaining structure works best. Anglers are also finding bass on the Equalizer using spinnerbaits, crankbaits and even plastics. Both boat and bank anglers continue catching a few crappie, a few bluegill and catfishing has been very good early in the day. The Upper Dam (East) park area may be the only good ramp available.

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Lake Pend Oreille

The $15/fish incentive for rainbow trout over 13 inches and any size lake trout harvested from Lake Pend Oreille will be in place through 2008. The bounty also applies to the Clark Fork River and starting April 1 Lightning Creek and tributaries, Grouse Creek and the Pack River. Deep water trap netting and gill netting will also be active during March, April and May. Up to 14 trap nets will be set around the lake. Watch for the orange buoys and avoid trolling with downriggers in the vicinity of trapnets. For anglers wanting additional information on both lake trout and rainbow fishing techniques, two DVD's have been developed; "Reliable methods of catching lake trout on Lake Pend Oreille" and "Catch a Kam with Captain Ken". Loaner copies are available for check out at area libraries in Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Sandpoint and Priest River, and at the IDFG Regional office in Coeur d'Alene. You can order your own copy from from oakeysmokes@hotmail.com. Lake trout anglers generally are trolling or jigging just off the bottom using the same techniques as described for Priest Lake mackinaw below. Lake Pend Oreille is so deep that areas of suitable depth are limited to the flats in the north end of the lake around the islands, off the mouth of the Clark Fork River, along the Green Monarchs, Garfield Bay, Whiskey Rock and in the south end around Cape Horn and off the Eagle Boat Ramp in Idlewilde Bay. When water temperatures are cold and uniform top to bottom, a variety of lure types can be effective on rainbow trout. Many rainbow trout anglers like to fish with planner boards 50-100 ft. off the side of the boat and then troll surface flies another 150-200 ft. behind the board. The board slicing through the chop creates a real erratic movement. The 3-4 inch long flies need to be tuned so they troll upright, rather than tilted to one side or the other. Other anglers like to troll Rapala, Rebel, Lyman or Apex type plugs near the surface or at depths to 50 feet. Bull trout are fairly numerous in Lake Pend Oreille, but they are closed to harvest. Make sure you can tell the difference between a lake trout and bull trout before you harvest a fish. Westslope cutthroat trout are limited in number in the Pend Oreille system and harvest is now closed. Lake whitefish are very abundant in Lake Pend Oreille and their distribution overlaps that of lake trout (mackinaw) very closely. They eat primarily invertebrates, so they are difficult to catch. The few angler that do catch lake whitefish carefully anchor over concentrated schools and then fish with relatively light line and small glow hooks baited with a single maggot. Lake whitefish have relatively small mouths, so a small hook and minimal sized bait is recommended. The bass limit on LPO and the Pend Oreille River is now 6, with no more than 2 largemouth bass, and largemouth must be at least 16".

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Little Camas Reservoir 04/18/2013

Anglers are catching trout up cruising with floating bait, marshmallows and eggs. This time of year can be excellent fishing. Spring Shores and near the dam are favorite fishing locations.

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Local Ponds 06/19/2014

No local ponds or creeks were stocked this past Monday because the stocking emphasis has moved to the mountain lakes and streams. For the latest and future stocking reports refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game web site at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov.

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Lost Valley Reservoir 11/27/2008

Lost Valley is still fishing fair but the road is not so good and there is ice forming around the lake. Try bait, flies.

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Lower Salmon Falls (Hagerman) 04/23/2009

This can be a great early spring fishin' hole for catching some nice rainbows, as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass. A few bass are being caught along the rocky banks using crankbaits and spinnerbaits, and the trout are up cruising. Try Rapalas or bait fish from shore or the boat. Just so you know, for bass it is "catch and release" until July 1st.

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Lucky Peak Reservoir 07/10/2014

Most trollers continue having a difficulty time figuring out the right depth and lure choice to fish for trout and kokanee. Most boat anglers are using small pop gear trailed with either a Hoochie or Wedding Ring type lure tipped with corn or a piece of worm. Not many bank anglers are catching trout. Most are using worms and Powerbait or colored marshmallows but the bite here also seems to be over early. Smallmouth bass fishing is fair but once the boat traffic picks up the fish are harder to find. Try a buzzbbait or jerkbait early in the day, then a plastic leech or tube bait around the points and rocky shorelines during the day.

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Mackay Reservoir

Can be excellent for trout and kokanee. The low level of the reservoir this winter will have fish concentrated and catch rates should be very good.

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Magic Reservoir (north of Mt. Home) 02/29/2014

Trout fishing is still fair for boat anglers and bank anglers are also still catching some trout. However the perch fishing is not so good. Bass fishing is improving, especially near the inlet. Try using crankbaits or jerkbaits.

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Malheur Reservior (Oregon) 05/22/2014

Bank anglers are still catching a few smaller trout but you have to get out on the water to catch any fish up to 16-18 inches. Try using worms, marshmallows or Powerbait. Float tubers are using olive Woolly Worms to catch fish.

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Mann Creek Reservoir (north of Weiser) 05/29/2014

The spring run-off has really helped fill the reservoir but it's still about 10 feet down. With plenty of stocked trout this could be a good place to go. Try trolling Rapalas, small spoons and spinners. Bank anglers should also be able to catch some fish using Powebait, worms and marshmallows. The reservoir also has largemouth bass so plastics, crankbaits and spinners will catch fish in and around the bays, off rocky points and along the dam face.

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Milner Reservoir 10/08/2009

Bass fishing is fair, but cool weather should improve the fishing. First try fishing along eddies and current breaks, then fish off deeper structure around submerged islands and rock piles during the day. If you're into catfish then they're still biting.

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Morman Reservior 09/18/2008

No recent reports.

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Mountain Lakes 09/26/2013

Mountain streams and lakes are still fishing fairly well, but snow will put a damper on the fishing in the higher elevations this week. Also if you do head for some mountain fishing be sure and be cautious of the hunting community. This time of year they too will be tromping through the high country in search of their favorite table fare. Deer or elk hair dry fly's or small black and yellow spinners are all you need to catch fish. And be sure to check with the U. S. Forest Service for any road closures and make sure you know your regulations for the area you intent do fish. Many of the high mountain streams and lakes have some restrictions.

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Mt. Home Reservoir 06/21/2012

Anglers are still catching fish from shore using worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Fly fishermen are doing a little better stripping olive/green, brown or black Midges and various leech patterns using a Type I-II sinking tip. Spin casters tossing weighted Rooster tails, Mepps spinners, and DareDevils are still catching a few fish as well, but mostly from a boat.

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Mt. View Reservoir (Duck Valley) 11/03/2012

All three reservoirs were producing a few fisha but Mt. View seems to be doing the best. Click here for more information and the lastest fishing report from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation.

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Mud Lake

Mud Lake can be an excellent ice-fishery for yellow perch. Use small jigs tipped with bait in 3-6 feet of water.

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Oakley Reservior

Ice fishing is largely over with open water along shoreline, ice softening and likely to break up over the next week

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Oster Ponds (Hagerman) 05/20/2010

Lots of ponds, lots of fish, that's the motto for keeping Oster Ponds stocked. With several ponds to choose from fishing should be fairly good with a lot of fish recently stocked trout in many of them and hungry bass and bluegill in the rest.

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Owyhee Reservoir 07/17/2014

The reservoir is over 74 down from full. Anglers are still catching a few crappie but most of them have pulled out of the coves into steeper deeper water. Bass fishing continues to be fair but the heat in this canyon is unbearable during the day. Fishing is best early or late in the day tossing topwater plugs and buzzbaits. Plastics like a tube bait or Senko type bait will also catch fish. Note: There may only be one boat ramp left (dam ramp) available.

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Oxbow Reservoir (Hells Canyon Complex) 10/24/2013

Bass anglers are still catching plenty of fish, most are using crankbaits but dragging plastics over points and down rocky banks will also catch fish. Crappie fishing is slow but trout fishing is improving.

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Paddock Reservoir (northeast of Payette) 10/23/2008

No recent reports.

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Palisades Reservoir

Many anglers believe winter is the best time to fish Palisades Reservoir. Anglers catch cutthroat, brown, and lake trout. Popular spots are near the dam and around the Big Elk Creek arm. Try jigging spoons or jigs tipped with night crawlers near the bottom in 15-40 feet of water.

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Pend Oreille Lake 09/24/2008

Every lake trout of any size and rainbow trout more than 13 inches long harvested from Lake Pend Oreille through March 2009 pays $15.00. Lake trout of any size and rainbow trout more than 13 inches long from Lake Pend Oreille count for the $15 cash reward. Rainbow trout more than 13 inches caught in Lower Clark Fork River below the railroad bridge at Clark Fork (open all year) and from Lightning Creek, Grouse Creek and Pack River between April 1 and August 31 are also eligible. Please see details here.

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Priest Lake

Spring fishing for mackinaw on Priest Lake was traditionally one of the best season openers of the year. As the water warms and becomes uniform in temperature, lake trout can be caught near the surface on light spinning tackle pulling spoons or plugs early in the morning or in the evening. The most consistent method however is bottom trolling with downriggers or leaded line. Try trolling slowly just off the bottom using big spoons, Flatfish, Kwikfish, Litefish, Apex, Rapala, Rebel, or Lyman type plugs or dodgers with hootchies or flies on a short leader. A small strip of fresh cut bait or night crawler will greatly improve your chances of a hook-up. Natural color combinations of black or blue over silver or white are good choices for lures, as are lighter colored, fluorescent and glow-in-the-dark colors. Jigging with baited lead headed jigs, spoons and buzz baits over rocky out crops and drop-offs is also a proven technique for catching mackinaw if you find concentrated fish. Use low or non-stretch line because many of the fish are holding in 140+ feet of water and it is difficult to detect a bite and set a hook with monofilament line. Reel fish up slowly from those depths to prevent bloating. Not all boat ramps may be accessible at this time or year due to low lake levels.

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Quake Lake

Same as Hebgen.

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Rexburg Ponds

Use night crawlers or meal worms with a small jig or ice fly for hatchery rainbow trout.

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Rigby Lake 09/24/2008

Rigby Lake: Was added to the Idaho Fish and Game stocking rotation earlier this year, has been producing great catches of hatchery fish, and is probably one of the better areas to take a kid or new angler. Fishing from a boat is slightly better than fishing from the shore, but anglers are catching fish using both techniques.

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Ririe Reservoir 04/08/2011

Ririe Reservoir - The ice has come off of the reservoir, and walleye are starting to move up into the Willow Creek arm to spawn. April is likely the best time to capitalize on congregated walleye in this area. Anglers should focus at the mouth of Willow Creek and in the stream channel immediately below the mouth.

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Roberts Gravel Pond

Use small jigs tipped with bait for 5-8 inch perch and hatchery trout rainbow trout. Small jigging spoons are also a popular technique.

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Roseworth Reservior 09/18/2008

No recent reports.

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Sage Hen Reservior (West of Smiths Ferry) 06/19/2014

Bank fishing can be good early or later in the day using Berkley Power Eggs®, Powerbait®, or some Pautzke Fire Corn®. Boat anglers usually do well trolling small pop gear, spinners and even flies to catch fish.

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Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir (Rogers, south of Twin Falls) 10/20/2011

Anglers are still catching a few fish. Some trout, bass, perch, and a few walleye, but as the reservoir is low and access is limited. Try fishing plastics for bass, baited spinner rigs for walleye, and bait for trout. Troller's are catching the majority of their trout using small pop gear and spinners.

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Sand Creek Ponds 09/24/2008

Sand Creek Ponds: Have been fishing well with the cooler temps, and several very large trout have been reported.

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Sheep Creek Reservior 10/24/2013

Folks are catching fish on the res, mostly on Sheep Creek, both from the bank and especially from various float boats. Fly anglers are using leech patterns, Woolly Buggers, Sheep Creek Special and Stayner Ducktails.

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Springfield reservoir 10/23/2008

Hot spots also include Twenty-four Mile and Springfield reservoirs. Fishing is good with fall color leeches. Most of the smaller lakes are good for bluegill and crappie, and the rivers and streams good for trout.

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Swan Falls Reservoir (Snake River) 03/20/2014

Anglers are still using bait and spinners in the tailrace below the dam to catch a few trout and bass. Anglers fishing the reservoir are also catching smallmouth and folks are catching catfish all along the Snake River to include Steck Park on Brownlee.

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Treasure Vally Ponds 05/29/2008

The Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game stocked many of the Treasure Valley's ponds for Memorial Day Weekend, and as warmer weather builds back in, fishing for recently stocked trout, and bass, bluegill, and catfish should all be good.

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Twenty-four Mile 10/23/2008

Hot spots also include Twenty-four Mile and Springfield reservoirs. Fishing is good with fall color leeches. Most of the smaller lakes are good for bluegill and crappie, and the rivers and streams good for trout.

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Twin Lakes Reservior 10/23/2008


Bass fishing has been good.

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Warm Lake 08/14/2014

Trout fishing remains good for both bank and boat anglers for brook and rainbow trout. Bank fishermen are using Powerbait or worms 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. Foam spiders can be dynamite around the Lilly pads for brook trout.

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Weston Creek Reservoir 10/23/2008

To catch the big bass in Weston Creek Reservoir anglers have to get down below the little ones. This is a no-motors reservoir.

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Wildhorse Reservoir 03/08/2012

Fishing for trout is still fair with most of the trout being taken in very shallow water near shore. Most of the fish being caught are two to three feet below the ice. Anglers are having the best luck using brightly colored jigs tipped with a piece of worm or wax worm. The best areas to fish are just off of the rock face south of the boat ramp, along the beach north of the boat ramp, the west shore straight across from the state park boat ramp and south of Goose Island.

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Wilson Springs Ponds 09/26/2013

Wilson Springs Creek and Pond were stocked last Monday. Numerous other ponds, reservoirs and streams throughout Idaho's southwest region and will continue to be stocked this month. Check out the Idaho Fish & Game web site at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov for more information on stocking and fishing regulations.

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Yellowstone Lake

Black Leeches and Black Wooly Buggers are taking some nice Cutts from Gull Point to Sand Point and Mary's Bay. Callibaetis and PMDs in the AM before the wind blows.

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