Idaho Fishing Report May 7th


Magic Reservoir, Mormon Reservoir, Little Wood Reservoir Conditions

Starting to hear better news out of Magic, though still high and a bit muddy in the water. Richfield canal below the reservoir can be worth a try. Mormon is a bit of a mystery still. Hearing lots of voices saying "winter kill" which has happened in the past. It did seem like fishing tapered off at the end of ice fishing. But there are the odd rumblings that it's actually still good and maybe folks are just trying to keep the secret. You may give it a try but don't raise your expectations too much. Little Wood is usually consistent.

Lucky Peak Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, Anderson Reservoir Fishing Report

Filling quickly, and some are saying the bank fishing is off as the trout move out. Trolling in 10'-20' below the surface has been reported as best, especially earlier in the day. Great bass fishing at Anderson.

Boise River in Town Fishing Report

Be careful, the flows are up there. But there are still fish to be caught (as always) with flies or with tackle.

Treasure Valley Ponds Fishing Report

They're full of fish. Trout, bass, panfish, and even cats. Whatever your trusty method of fishing is should produce something if you try hard enough.

South Fork Boise River, Middle Fork Boise River, North Fork Boise River Conditions

(Nothing new from last time). The South Fork is closed! Flows can be high on both the Middle and North Forks and the roads may be tough going. Be careful!

Cascade Lake, Horsethief Reservoir Conditions

Cascade is wide open and folks are catching fish of all kinds. Never really know exactly what kind of day you'll get up there, but sure is beautiful. Horsethief has been good for trout already and will be stocked heavily this month. Travel safe, highway 55 has been getting rough.

Swan Falls Reservoir, C.J. Strike Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir Conditions & Fishing Reports

Boat launches at C.J. Strike are convenient as always, Brownlee filled up quickly and the fish are starting to turn on. Haven't heard anything about Swan Falls yet but the bass should be active there, as they are at C.J. already. We are pre-spawn for the crappie and they are moving in closer to the bank, though boats are reporting the most success.

Lake Lowell

Reports are out that the bass are biting, although more and more popular these days is actually the carp shooting. They've moved in shallow to spawn and folks with bowfishing gear are getting them in the hundreds. If you want to try this out you'll need a fishing license, but not a hunting license. As always, we recommend you check the regulations yourself.

Owyhee Reservoir Fishing Report

Worth a trip for some bass fishing, and in the last week or so it seems like the crappie just lit up all of a sudden. Don't forget to buy your Oregon license.

Hagerman Area Fishing Report

(Nothing new from last report) Always worth a shot this time of year. Creeks and ponds have willing trout- some stocked, some a little wilder. There are places to access the Snake there as well. Always a new place to explore, or ADA accessible spots for the whole family. Also of note, Clear Springs (the trout farmers) donated a bunch of big brood stock fish that have been added to lakes and ponds all over the Magic Valley area. Go find them.

Duck Valley

Now is the time when the fishing can be absolutely fantastic, as the trout wake up from winter and eat hard. Leeches and perch patterns, as well as scuds and nymphs if you're fly fishing. Traditional bank fishing methods can be ok too, if you can reach the fish. Most folks bring a small inflatable so they can follow the fish.

More Rivers

(Especially for you fly fishers out there.) The Owyhee River is going to be good but very popular this time of year without many other rivers open. Some of the bigger, warmer weather bugs could be coming out now, so bring a caddis or two. You'll need an Oregon license to fish the protected waters right below the dam where the brown trout are thick. You have to let the brown trout go, but they do stock some rainbows for keeps and it's actually not restricted to fly fishing, even though it's very popular for the dry fly folks.

If you find some spots off the beaten path you may find some very eager cutthroat feeding in the spring. Tred lightly, it's also spawning season.

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