Idaho Lake Reports



Idaho Lake Reports 04/03/2014



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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 04/03/2014

Trout fishing has been consistent as bank anglers continue to catch fish using worms or Powerbait. The reservoir is slowly dropping but both boat ramps are available and anglers should be able to catch fish trolling as well.

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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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Boise Area Ponds:

Nom recent Reports.

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Brownlee Reservoir 04/03/2014

Anglers are still catching smallmouth and rumor control has it that there were some crappie showing up, but I personally haven't seen them. Crankbaits, jerkbaits or slow crawling tube baits are your best bet. If there are any crappie look for them to be holding either near the bottom between 15-20 feet or schooling just outside of the coves.

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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 04/03/2014

Ice out is on the menu. While not all of the lake's banks are open there is enough open water to cast a line and catch a big fish. For the latest information contact Tackle Tom's for the latest conditions at (208) 382-4367.

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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 04/03/2014

Bass fishing has been kind of like the weather, good one day, not so much the next. Most anglers are using tube baits and various crankbaits to catch fish when they're feeding. Trout anglers are still catching a few fish but not near as many fish as earlier. If you go try using worms, marshmallows or PowerBait, or from a boat try anchoring and bait fishing for either trout or perch. Some anglers are still trolling with jointed Rapalas, or small pop gear and spinners and catching a few fish. Only a few anglers are reporting catching any crappie, mostly in the Narrows.

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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 06/07/2012

Here you will find trout along with bass and bluegill. Fishing has been a little slow for trout because of the hot weather, but bass and bluegill fishing is pretty good early and late in the day. Poppers are the most fun!

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Daniels reservoirs



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Deadwood Reservior 09/02/2010

The fishing here has been spotty to say the least, but one thing is for sure the scenery is terrific, and so is the fishing, just maybe not always the catching. Try trolling for rainbows and cutthroat using small spinners and pop gear.

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Devils Reservior

No reports.

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Duck Valley Reservoirs 11/14/2013

Mt. View Reservoir is the only reservoir still open to fishing. The weather here is getting fairly cold so anglers that were catching trout earlier will likely have to deal with snow on the ground this week. Fly anglers have mostly been fishing with olive or brown leech patterns, Sheep Creek Specials or Stayner Ducktails. Bait fishermen were using floating PowerBait to catch most of their 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 10/20/2011

Anglers are still finding some crappie over underwater rockpiles. The bass fishing is pretty good but you have to wade through a lot of smaller fish before you catch a good one. Catfishing is fair and there are some perch being caught as well. Most of the steelhead activity below the dam has been fair and look for both steelhead and salmon to continue to move upstream. Anglers fishing below the dam are mostly tossing spinners and drifting jigs. Those fishing from boats are drifting bait and back trolling plugs.

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Henry's Lake



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High Mountain Lakes and Streams 07/18/2013

There is absolutely no better place to be than above 7000 feet right now. All you need is a deer or elk hair dry fly or small spinner and you're in business. The fish are hungry and catching them is easy, but be sure to check the regulations before heading out because many of high mountain lakes and streams have special regulations.

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Horsethief Reservoir 02/27/2014

Access has been a problem with first fresh snow then melting snow. The ice is still decent but depending on how the weather turns out there may be more rain or snow in the forecast so again getting back to the reservoir might be an issue. With warmer temperatures predicted again this week you might try elsewhere first. If you go anyway you better have a snowmobile or 4X4 and be prepared for poor road conditions. Take the usual PowerBait, marshmallows and worms, or Rocker Jigs, Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots or a piece of worm to catch fish.

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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 04/03/2014

Anglers fishing around the both dams are still catching catfish and a few bass. They're mostly using bait but don't hesitate to cast a crankbait or spinner for the bass. Remember the lake is off limits to motorized boats until April 15th and bass fishing is catch and release only until after June 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 04/03/2014

Along with Wilson Pond and Springs the Weiser Pond and Payette River Pond was stocked this past Monday. Look for the Fish & Game to be stocking a few more Treasure Valley ponds and streams in the coming weeks. For the latest stocking report refer to the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Games 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 04/03/2014

No recent report but a few bank anglers were catching trout using PowerBait, but marshmallows and worms will catch fish. One of the best methods is to use a slip sinker with a bobber stopper placed between 12-16 inches from the hook so your bait will float just off the bottom.

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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) 02/06/2014

Ice fishing was fairly good earlier but I haven't heard lately how things are going. There weren't many decent sized perch being caught but the trout can reach 3 pounds or better. Powerbait, meal worms and small baited jigs will catch fish. For more information contact West Magic Resort at (208) 487-2571.

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Malheur Reservior (Oregon) 11/21/2013

There are still plenty of trout to go around. Bank anglers continue to catch fish using Rainbow PowerBait, worms or marshmallows. The reservoir is pretty low and is best early or later in the day. According to Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife the ramp is usable but challenging to use.

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Mann Creek Reservoir (north of Weiser) 07/04/2013

Fishing has been slow with our hot weather. Try the usual, marshmallows, PowerBait, and or worms. Crankbaits and plastics should catch a few bass.

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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 04/03/2014

The water level continues to slowly creep up but the reservoir levels are still way down. The only confirmed boat ramp available is the County ramp near the dam but the day use ramp should be just under water. Only a few anglers have been looking for bass and crappie and rumor has it that they're catching some fish.

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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) 08/22/2013

The fishing should still be fair for trout mostly by boat, and camping is available. Great place to beat at least some of the heat because there is plenty of shade on the south side of the reservoir.

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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 09/12/2013

Bank anglers are still catching trout using PowerBait and salmon eggs. Boat fishermen are doing a little better taking fish using small spinners, pop gear and flies. Most of the fish you'll catch are just right for frying up back in camp.

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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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