Fished Lost Valley Res. north of Fruitvale this past Friday 6/10 .....fishing was slow for trout as it was for most anglers that I talked to.....we trolled and bait-fished for trout....instead we caught many perch in the 4-8 inch range. Beautiful day on the Lake that is as full as I have ever seen it.
Thanks for the note, Lawrence. We've tried to eliminate perch from Lost Valley Reservoir on several occasions - but they just won't go away. Glad the weather was great and you enjoyed your trip to one of Idaho's scenic fishing destinations.
Congratulations to Elisa Rose of Kellogg for landing this remarkable bluegill. Elisa released the 11.5 inch monster, but landed a new Catch-and-Release State Record in the process. You can find out more about the new Catch-and-Release record program and see a list of all current records at the IDFG website.
Did you ever stop to think about the journey fish make to keep their populations viable? Idaho's ocean-going salmon and steelhead journey 1,000's of miles, negotiate thousands of feet in elevation change and run a gauntlet of swimming, flying, fishing predators to return to Idaho - where they spawn and the cycle repeats. This is important not only for fish populations to survive, but it's also important on a broader scale because fish returning to Idaho headwater streams bring with them ocean nutrients which are important to Idaho ecosystems.
Even our local resident fish journey many miles and contribute to other wildlife and plant communities in ways we are only beginning to understand.
Fishing effort on the Clearwater river has continued to drop; the mainstem had very little activity. The North Fork of the Clearwater had more effort but Dworshack Dam has been releasing water which has increased the flows pushing fish out of the system making it difficult for anglers to catch anything. The South Fork of the Clearwater main effort consisted of beads and jigs with variations of fluorescent colors for the jigs and orange being the dominant color for the beads. The Little Salmon continues to use yarn and beads using red, and orange as the main colors both of which has resulted in harvested fish. Check Harvest Report for more details. - Ryan Allen, Clearwater Region Fisheries Technician