Trout & Warmwater Stocking Report
River flows have come up a little and been more erratic with recent rains which have also muddied the water a bit. Fishing will undoubtedly be affect but things should clear up quickly and the fish should be back on the prowl by this weekend. In spite of the spiking flows the river is still low enough to concentrate fish making them easier to locate, and with plenty of previously stocked trout or more added this week trout fishing should remain good for the foreseeable future. Anglers can catch fish using small spinners, salmon eggs, PowerBait, or worms to catch trout while fly casters are mostly catching their fish using various nymphs patterns like bead-headed mayflies, midge larva and caddis patterns in both dry fly and nymphs. Streamers will also catch a lot of fish this time of year.
The reservoir levels have finally started to rise a little and will be about 25 feet down by the weekend. The only ramp available on the south end of the reservoir will be at Spring Recreation Camp but it will be marginal and it will be off the old boat launch which isn't recommended for folks with large boats and who don't have 4-wheel drive vehicles. If you go you'll have no problem catching the smaller bass but if you're fishing from a boat and can find some schools of baitfish you might be able to entice a bigger fish into biting. They are often suspended just below the school's of baitfish and they usually won't turn down a tasty morsel directed their way. Try crawdad and minnow colored plastics and lipless crankbaits in and around the deeper coves and steeper points and banks; topwater plugs will also work, especially early in the morning. Crappie fishing in the Powder River Arm is best and can still be pretty good elsewhere if you can find a place deep enough to hold fish, up to 40 feet. Catfishing is still fair, biting on the usual, stinkbaits, crickets and worms.
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The Fish and Game will continue to stock ponds and other streams and reservoirs throughout Southwestern Idaho through the month of October. The ponds that were scheduled to be stocked this week are, Horseshoe Bend Mill Pond, Ed's Pond, Sawyer's Pond, Eagle Island Park Pond, McDevitt Pond, Riverside Pond, Kleiner Pond, Settlers Pond, Merrill Park Pond, Wilson Pond and Creek and both the upper and lower stretches of the Boise River hear in the valley.
Lucky Peak Reservoir
Bank anglers have been picking up some decent sized rainbow using a combination of PowerBait and either worms or marshmallows. Boat anglers are also reporting catching trout and a fair number of late season Kokanee. Most are longlining between 10-25 feet with Dodgers and some combination of white, pink, blue and even orange trailers baited with Shoepeg Corn, of course if you're a die-hard kokanee angler the setup you have faith in, is the setup to use.
Mountain View and Sheep Creek Reservoirs
Cold temperatures have really started to hit the high country and with snow on the mountain tops the reservoirs on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation have been fishing fairly well. Anglers are repoting some decent catches out of Mountain View but Sheep Creek Reservoir and Lake Billy Shaw is also fishing well. Bank anglers are using the usual, worms, marshmallows and PowerBait. Flycasters do well with small leech patterns like Stayner Ducktails and Sheep Creek Specials while trollers can catch fish using small minnow colored spinners and spoons. Don't forget you need a Tribal Permit to fish Duck Valley.
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