Recent Articles: Magic Valley

Williams Pond - Boise - Family Fishing Opportunity

I've been fishing the New Williams Pond, in Boise, just off to the right of the new Parkcenter Bridge, just past Bown Crossing. I know it is stocked regularly, and I've even seen the fishing trailer there a few times. I do not find this/these two ponds on your Family Fishing Waters, Under the Southwest Region, Boise Area. I'm guessing it just hasn't been updated. Anyway, this is a GREAT little fishing area! I've caught some seriously nice Rainbow Trout, Large Mouth Bass, and Blue Gill. I believe I fished this pond about 40 days last year. So far this year, 4. It's a great place and it isn't on your Family Fishing Waters listing and because of that, a lot of youngsters both old and young are really missing out on a great opportunity very close to home. Thanks for all that ya do for us. I am sure we keep ya pretty busy out there! Fish On!!!! CrystalD

Fish Web Chat - May 22nd

On May 22nd from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm mountain time you can chat with Fish folks from the Department.  Find out where to go fishing over Memorial Day Weekend, what the outlook is for salmon and steelhead season, and what/where has been stocked recently by our fish hatchery staff.  Find out if fall chinook salmon in Deadwood Reservoir  will be as big in 2014 as they were last year (see picture) or the latest information on the resurgent kokanee population in Lake Pend Oreille.

 

On May 22nd, go to our webpage and click on the designated button to enter questions and watch for a response.

 

Lake Lowell Largemouth Bass

The last week in April and first week in May is a great time to fish Lake Lowell for largemouth bass.  Rubber worms and crankbaits along weed-lines or near structure (logs or large rock) is the best location to fish.  The upper reservoir seemed to fish better than the lower reservoir. - Jeff, Nampa

American Falls Reservoir

I was at American Falls Reservoir this last week in April 2014.  The reservoir is almost full.  Although, I didn't get a chance to fish, I did observe many boats fishing along the shore and bank anglers down towards the dam.  They must be catching a few rainbow trout.

Chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam

The number of Chinook salmon passing Bonneville Dam on the lower Columbia River took a jump this last week in April.  We know a number of these fish are destined for Idaho because they carry PIT tags, individual numbered radio tags, that were inplanted into the fish as juveniles on their downstream migration.  Travel to Idaho is dependent on flow conditions, but you can expect these fish to arrive in Idaho within 30 - 45 days.

Lucky Peak Kokanee Fishing

A "crack" team of anglers fished Lucky Peak Reservoir on Friday April 25, 2014.  Fishing from boats and using a variety of gear, they were able to average about 1 kokanee per hour fished.  Size ranged from 12 to 16".

Most used down-riggers and fished in roughly 20' of water.  Best reported success was near the upper end of the reservoir and around Spring Shores Marina.

Projected Chinook Returns - Lower Salmon River

The latest indicators, as of the last week in April 2014, show a projected return of Chinook salmon to Rapid River fish hatchery of somewhere between 11,000 and 17,000 adults.  Passive Induced Transponder (PIT) tags detectors at Bonneville Dam continue to show strong numbers of salmon passing through the ladder with embedded tags that were placed in the fish before they left Rapid River Hatchery on their migration to the ocean.

Fish currently passing over the dams should arrive in Idaho within the next 30 - 45 days, depending on flow conditions at the Columbia and Snake River dams.

Schedule your time-off and break-out your salmon fishing gear!

Bridge repair near C.J. Strike Reservoir

Here's some information that sportsmen interested in C.J. Strike Dam should know. The bridge below the dam is going to be closed for rennovations through July 31, 2014. Please consider alternate routes.

C.J. Strike Dam is a popular location for fishing and this closed bridge is near several popular Fish and Game access points. This location is along the Snake River upstream from Grandview, Idaho. 

Learn more about the closure in this Mountain Home News article about the closure and from Idaho Power.

The wooden bridge near CJ Strike Dam. Photo from Flickr, Don Burr by CC Attribution