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Owyhee Reservoir - Early May

Two of us went to Owyhee Reservoir last Thursday 5/8. Water is really low only ramps available for use were by the dam and the one at the end of the road. The really nice one in the middle was almost completely out of the water, decided not to try since no one else had tried to launch there either. The crappie fishing was fantastic picked a bay up the lake a couple of miles and sat on the fish all day. Never went more than a cast or two without a hit for 5 hours. The fish were all the same size 8-9 inches I'll bet we caught over 200. We don't keep any (don't like fish) but had great weather and can't wait to go back this Thursday.  Mike B.

Live Chat on Fishing in Idaho

Fishing enthusiasts are invited to join an online chat with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and ask questions, give feedback, and learn more about fishing in the Gem State.

Live Event!Anglers can chat live with fisheries and hatchery staff, along with enforcement officers, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Thursday, May 22. We will answer questions about salmon fisheries, family fishing opportunities, fish stocking and other related topics during the live, two hour chat. 

If you have any questions about fishing in Idaho, this is your opportunity to get answers from the people who manage Idaho's rivers, lakes and streams; and the fish that swim in them.
 

Bookmark this page for the event, or sign-up for a reminder email below! 

 

 

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.