Fish Talk Blog

  • Late January 2016 - It's Time to Play - Go Fish!!

    If you want to beat cabin there are great opportunities. Here are some random angling reports from the past week. Some are typical fishing spots for this time of year, but others may cause you to say, "why didn't I think of that?"

    Ice Fisheries:

  • Be Careful Ice Fishing - January 2016

    I recently observed pictures on social media of anglers ice fishing on Lake Lowell near Nampa. Anglers and other recreationists going out on the ice on lower elevation lakes, reservoirs and ponds need to be very careful and be prepared with safety equipment.

  • The Bite is on at Cascade Reservoir - 2016 Starts Right

    Ice fishing over the weekend (Jan. 2 and 3) at the upper end of Cascade Reservoir was reported to be very good with anglers catching 10 - 12" perch at Poison Creek. Reports were of 150 people at the site Saturday morning.

  • Winter on C. J. Strike Reservoir Yields Hot Fishing 2015/2016

    On these bitter-cold winter days, it's easy to succumb to retail therapy at your favorite angling outfitter to re-stock for Spring. But while most anglers are enjoying a cup of cheer, you could be out enjoying prime fishing for the many species of game fish that Idaho has to offer!

  • Dedicated Fishing Access Builders

    Idaho Fish and Game staff are putting the finishing touches on improvements at Beaver Dick Park in eastern Idaho. Enhancements include replacement of the boat ramp, a new vault toilet, new docks and ADA improvements.

  • Kokanee Weir / Photo by Art Butts

    Deadwood Reservoir and Educated Fish

    Back to School by Art Butts, Fisheries Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game - Southwest Region

  • Paul - Deep Creek Reservoir in August

    I took my 88-year old mother to Deep Creek Reservoir, today - first time for both of us. I don't have a boat so we fished off the end of the dock. We used just about everything in the tackle box (Buzz bait, rattle trap, soft weedless frog, worm and power bait) and got skunked????


  • The Incredible Salmon Journey Ends - and Begins

    August is the time for death and life for Salmon in Idaho. Watching this real-life drama is difficult in the wild but you can see it at our fish hatcheries at Riggins (Rapid River), McCall, Stanley (Sawtooth), Orofino (Clearwater) and Pahsimeroi (Challis).

  • Palisades - August 2015

    Gina writes, My husband and I camped at Palisades Reservoir July 27th and 28th. It was a beautiful, peaceful, quiet place. Fishing was slow as it stormed Monday night. I caught & released a small brown trout on a castmaster, though.

  • More Wild Tiger Trout Tails

    Last week, we were sent a picture of a Tiger Trout caught from the Big Wood River near Stanton Crossing by Cory Hanley. This is a wild "Tiger" versus the hatchery produced Tiger Trout we've recently stocked in the Upper Snake and Salmon regions.