Idaho Lake Reports



Idaho Lake Reports 10/23/2014



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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 10/23/2014

The latest water level is about 16 feet down. As reported by Idaho Power they will begin filling Brownlee based on forecasted inflows for annually controlling the reservoir releases to provide flat flow conditions to assist survival of fall Chinook salmon establish redds below Hells Canyon. The goal is to fill the reservoir, around 2,075 feet above sea level, by the first week in December, All boat ramps should continue to be available throughout this process. Crappie fishing is still decent up the Powder River Arm and some towards the dam. Anglers are also still catching bass most anywhere using green pumpkin or crawdad and minnow colored plastics and crankbaits. The catfish and trout fishing has been so-so.

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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 10/23/2014

Perch fishing is fair from the city ramp to Crown Point using worms or cut bait. However look for things to change as the mountain weather continues to deteriorate. Bass fishing has also been fair but look for the smallmouth fishing to get a lot slower as water temperatures drop. Trout fishing picked up a little from shore and a few anglers are still catching some trout trolling small pop gear. The reservoir level remains about 13 feet down so the only decent boat ramp available is Blue Heron.

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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 10/23/2014

Trout fishermen are enjoying the recently stocked fish while bass anglers continue catching fish using various colored plastics and lipless crankbaits. Try fishing off the rocky ledges, underwater humps and steeper points through the Narrows and in the main lake. Perch fishermen are also still catching fish from the Bruneau Arm up through the Narrows and a few places in the main lake. Crappie fishing is slow but fish are still being caught, mostly in the main lake.

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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 10/23/2014

Fishing on Lake Billy Shaw continues to be great and with recently stocked fish in all three reservoirs they should be producing until they start icing up. Some of the better-sized fish are being caught using olive/black leech and woolly bugger patterns or try adding a dropper with a #16-20 dark olive Zebra Midge.

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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 10/23/2014

Bass fishing is still great on both reservoirs. Anglers are still catching a few decent sized crappie on Oxbow. The trout fishing is also fair on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir and anglers are catching some decent sized fish, especially on Oxbow. Catfish are still biting throughout the Hells Canyon Complex.

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Henry's Lake



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High Mountain Lakes and Streams 10/23/2014

Trout fishing is still available but with rain or snow on the way time is running out. Anglers can still catch a few fish using dry fly imitations but nymph fishing or tossing bait and spinners will catch most of the fish. Be sure and check the regulations for each stream or lake you're fishing, as some bodies of water have special regulations and restrictions on tackle and bag limits.

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Horsethief Reservoir 10/09/2014

Anglers are still catching trout and with plenty of holdover and recently stocked fish success should continue until the snow flies. 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 sink lines using Stayner Ducktails or olive colored leeches, Woolly Worms and Woolly Buggers.

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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 09/10/2014

The lake is now a little less than 15 feet down and starting to rise. The only boat ramp available is at the east side - park ramp by the Upper Dam. Be cautious boating because of the shallow water. Anglers are still catching bass around both dam faces, across the Equalizer and off Gott’s Point. Most of the fish are being caught using plastic jigs or pig n’ jigs but crankbaits will also work well to catch fish. Other anglers are still catching a few bluegill, an occasional crappie and they’re still catching catfish. Note: The lake will be closed to motorized boats after September 30th.

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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) 10/24/2014

This little gem hasn't gotten much love due to low water conditions this summer, but when the water is low and water temperatures begin to drop in late fall the trout get hungry, and this year is no exception. Anglers are catching some nice sized fish tossing flies. The Myrtle Point ramp is available for smaller boats and both trollers and bank anglers should also be able to catch some nice fish.

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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 10/24/2014

Crappie fishing is still good for boat anglers up and down the reservoir. The fish aren't very big and are somewhat scattered around. The bass fishing slowed down this past week, possibly due to unseasonably warmer than normal water temperatures. Hopefully as cooler weather moves in the fish will reactivate and go into one last feeding frenzy before shutting down for winter. Try using crawdad colored plastics and crankbaits fished from 5-25 feet off big rocky points, rockslides or underwater humps. The only boat launch available is off the end of the old Indian Creek Resort ramp. Since you will be launching off the gravel past the end of the concrete ramp it would be advisable to use a four-wheel drive. At least the old ramp has been straightened and widened, at least part of the way down, then you are left with an older narrower section at the end.

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Oxbow Reservoir (Hells Canyon Complex) 10/09/2014

Bass fishing is still great on both reservoirs. Anglers are still catching crappie on Oxbow and the fish are a little bigger by average then Brownlee but you won't catch nearly as many fish. The trout fishing is also fair on both Oxbow and in Hells Canyon Reservoir and anglers are catching some decent sized fish, especially on Oxbow. Catfish are still biting throughout the Hells Canyon Complex.

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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 10/09/2014

Trout fishing continues to be decent for boat anglers who are catching most of the fish. Bank fishermen are also still 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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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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