Idaho Lake Reports



Idaho Lake Reports 08/27/2015



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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 04/05/2015

Bank fishermen are still catching rainbows from shore using PowerBait or marshmallows and worms. The trout should be hungerly cruising the shoreline for a little while longer. With rain in the forecast the road back into the reservoir might be slimy and rutty so proceed with caution.Aanglers are catching a few kokanee. Small Dodgers trailed with a baited Wedding Ring or Hoochie usually work well to catch both trout and kokanee. If trollers are catching kokanee and trout in Arrowrock then Lucky Peak and maybe even Anderson Ranch might be worth a look.

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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 08/27/2015

Bass anglers are continuing to catch plenty of smaller fish dragging plastics between 12-24 feet deep or tossing topwater off the steeper banks and rocky points early and late in the day to hopefully catch nicer sized fish. Crappie fishing is still great in the Powder River Arm and to some extent in the main reservoir. Most of the fish are being caught between the Grave Yard up towards the dam along the steeper banks like the entrance to Sturgill Creek or any other larger creek inlet or cove with steep banks and rocky walls.

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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 08/27/2015

The reservoir levels are dropping at a little slower rate but will still be down about 13 feet down by the weekend. The best boat ramps available are the City ramp, Campell Creek and Poison Creek ramp. Bass fishing should start picking up for anglers as water temperatures begin to drop with cooler nighttime temperatures. Try using plastics in around 10-25 feet off long points, rocky shorelines and off creek channel drop-offs. Anglers are still catching some nice sized perch but the fish are still scattered and moving a lot so they're hard to find. Try using worms in 20-24 feet try fishing the weed beds in 12-14 feet of water throughout the reservoir. Trout fishing from shore should also begin to pick up soon but for now it's been fairly slow. Meanwhile boat anglers are continuing to catch a few trout trolling or tossing bait and a few coho and kokanee as well.

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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 08/27/2015

Anglers are still catching a mixed bag with some finding bass and crappie while others are catching perch and bluegill. Not too many trout are being caught right now but once we move into fall the trout fishing will improve dramatically. Most bass fishermen are drop shotting or dragging plastics on Carolina rigs in 16-20 feet and the crappie and are still being caught in the Narrows and in the main lake in between 15-20 feet.

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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 08/27/2015

Boat fishing for rainbows and kokanee is still fair. Most are trolling small dodgers trailed with Hoochies or Wedding Rings tipped with white shoepeg corn to catch their fish. Shore fishermen are still catching a few trout using PowerBait, worms or marshmallows.

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Devils Reservior

No reports.

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Duck Valley Reservoirs 04/05/2015

Mountain View Reservoir is still fishing pretty well and anglers are catching some nice sized fish from shore and float tubes. The fishing season started this week at Sheep Creek and Lake Billy Shaw but no reports have surfaced as of this posting. Perhaps next week I'll have some more good news. Most bank fishermen on Mountain View are using PowerBait and marshmallows or nightcrawlers, and the fly casters are using olive/brown nymph patterns to catch their fish.

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Glendale Reservior



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Hagerman Hagerman Wildlife Management Area 04/05/2015

The Hagerman Valley and surrounding area has many local spring-fed ponds and streams that remain open year-round. When the weather permits the Malad offers some decent winter dry fly fishing opportunities for trout. Clear Lake at the Country Club Golf Course is better suited for inclement weather and stays open year around. For the latest fishing information on Clear Lake call 208-543-4849. It costs $10 a day to fish. For more information on the Magic Valley Region call the Idaho Dept. of Fish & Game at 208-324-4359.

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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 08/27/2015

If you've never experienced late summer - early fall fishing in the high country then you've never really fished. You won't catch many big fish, but you will catch fish and plenty of them. It doesn't take much in the way of tackle. All you need is lightweight rod, some worms, a few small spinners or a terrestrial fly or two and you're in business. Mountain lake fishing is a great place to take your kids for the one last outing before school really cranks up and summer's end. Give it a try, you'll like it.

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Horsethief Reservoir 08/27/2015

This little gem is just one of those great places to take the kids on one last camping trip for the year. The reservoir is now open to salvage fishing and has been fishing fairly well, especially early morning and late evening. Most bank fishermen are using worms, marshmallows and PowerBait and boat anglers are catching fish trolling with small spinners, pop gear or stripping and dragging brown and olive Woolly Buggers, Sheep Creek Specials or Stayner Ducktails.

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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 08/06/2015

Bass fishing is still decent for anglers tossing plastics just outside the shoreline structure or buzzing frogs around the Smartweed. The best fishing is still early or late in the day but some fish are being caught pitching creature baits in the open pockets between the deeper Smartweed during the day. The catfish are still biting on worms or stinkbait and a few bluegill and crappie are being caught using foam spiders, feather jigs, crickets and worms.

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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 08/27/2015

Anglers were catching some decent sized kokanee and few rainbows but the water levels are dropping as much as a foot and a half a day and that's not good for fishing, of any kind. If you have to give it one more shot, try using small pop gear or a dodger trailed by a Wiggle Hoochie or Wedding Ring baited with white shoepeg corn or Pautzke's Fire Corn. Most of the fish being caught lately were anywhere from 20-45 feet down and even deeper depending time of 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) 03/05/2015

No new reports, it may be because the ice has not recovered. The forecast is for cooler but mayabe not cool enough for ice fishing but folks might be catching some fish from shore. Perhaps it would be a good idea to call West Magic Resort at (208) 487-2581 for the latest conditions. Again, if there is some open shoreline trout fishing could actually be excellent. There is some big trout in this reservoir so perhaps a phone call might be in order.

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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's Creek Reservoir (north of Weiser) 05/28/2015

I heard anglers had some decent success catching trout over the weekend. The weather wasn't always the best but if you got in some fishing in between the storms it wasn't too bad, especially if you were fishing along the right bank. Bait from shore worked best but some boat anglers were catching fish trolling small spinners and flatfish. Remember there are some bass lurking in Mann's Creek so don't hesitate to bring along a few bass plugs and plastic worms.

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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 08/27/2015

The only place you can launch a boat is below the old resort ramp because the reservoir is almost 78 feet down and there are no ramps left in the water! Although the old ramp has been widened and straightened it's still a long way to the bottom and once you get there your trailer will actually be launching from the gravel so using a four wheel driver vehicle is highly recommended. Crappie fishing remains decent off steep rock walls, deep coves or points and the few docks that are still in the water. The usual red and white crappie jig works just fine but just about any crappie jig will work. Bass anglers are catching most of their fish jigging big crawdad looking bugs off ledges and drop-offs around the steeper banks, deeper points and humps in about 15-25 feet. Early mornings or especially late evening into dark seems to be the best time to fish. Or given the full moon maybe even some night fishing is in order? Hot August nights anyone?

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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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Payette Lake 01/29/2015

Ice fishing has only been so so for catching a few nice sized lake trout. Last year there were some big fish caught through the ice using rubber jigs and big jigging spoons.

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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) 05/28/2015

The Fish & Game was scheduled to stock 2.400 trout in Sage Hen this week and with plenty of fish already up cruising the shoreline in search of food fishing should be good for the next few weeks. Anglers hear have plenty of places to fish from shore and there is a small boat launch available for trollers who also like fishing this little treasure in the mountains. The road into the reservoir isn't the best, either way you come in, but the scenery alone is worth the trip.

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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 01/29/2015

A few ice fishermen are still reporting decent trout fishing. Most are using worms or PowerBait, but a good ice jig tipped with bait will work too.

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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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