Magic Valley

Brownlee Reservoir Fishing Report - Week of June 20, 2016

We went to Brownlee (Reservoir) 6/18 and caught a lot of crappie and small non keeper Bass. Reservoir is full. Crappie were fairly aggressive on their bite.

L. Hewett

Thanks. We've had many recent reports of 8-10" crappie being caught in about 20' of water. Evidently, they are beginning to feed after an early spawn. This bodes well for crappie fishing in Brownlee next spring. We would anticipate 2"+ of growth if conditions are right. Bass populations and size structure in Brownlee are cyclic. We will go several years with an abundance of 11 3/4" bass and all of the sudden they grow to 15 - 16" in a single year. More than likely in response to a change in forage. DP

World Fish Migration Day - May 21, 2016

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.

This Saturday is World Fish Migration Day. If you want to learn more, go to:  www.worldfishmigrationday.com/  or www.fws.gov/fisheries/fishmigration to learn more.

How Recycling Provides More Fishing Opportunities - Red Top Pond

So, how do you recycle a spent gravel pit? In the case of Idaho Dept. of Transportation's Red Top pit - we cooperatively turned it into Southwest Idaho's newest fishing water.

Located between Caldwell and Notus, Idaho, Red Top Pond was operated for many years by ITD as a gravel source for roadways throughout the Nampa/Caldwell area. Once the gravel supply was exhausted, Idaho Dept. of Transportation approached the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game and offered a 99 year lease to make it feasilbe to allow IDFG to add infrastructure including docks, an outhouse and boat ramp for "car-top" boats.  We've also recontoured the banks in a couple of areas to make it easier for experienced and novice anglers alike, to access the water.  Trees to provide shade will be planted in the near future.

The pond recently opened to the public. Follow the signs to the re-purposed pit. Expect to catch largemouth bass and bluegill.

Dierkies Lake - Twin Falls Area

Fishing Story submitted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:45 am

Don't doubt any body of water for a good place to fish.  Try a variety of lures and multiple techniques before you give up on a chance to land fish.  Dierkies lake is a small public lake that many people fish but don't know how to fish it.  There are very exceptional rainbow trout, bass, and bluegill to be caught and it is a very little fished body of water.  I have caught tagged fish and seen bigger and older fish that were over 10 lbs. with tags in Diekies lake.  Don't ever deny a body of water for good fishing until you've tried everything. - hash.cars4669@mytfsd.org

 

Dp - Dierkies Lake is a fun spring fishery.  Located near Shoshone Falls above the Snake River, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout through May.  There are also self sustaining populations of largemouth bass and bluegill that can be caught on either bait or flies.  For more information - including stocking history, maps and fishing rules, visit our Fishing Planner at the bottom of the home page.

Hagerman Wildlife Management Area Fish Opener 2016

Under cloudy skies and warm temperatures the Hagerman Hatchery/Wildlife Management Area fishing season opened. After eliminating the carp from the pond in 2015 and restocking with rainbow trout - it was a popular spot to limber-up the pole and catch a trout.

Joe and the crew will restock the pond with rainbow trout once the opening day rush, subsides.

Cove Arm Access Improvements

Idaho Department of Fish and Game's Construction Crew is putting the finishing touches on access improvements at Cove Arm on C.J. Strike Reservoir.  We anticipate the ramp will be open and ready for use after February 20th.  Improvements included replacement of the boat ramp and installation of new docks - which will be usable by April 1.

Commission extends big game tag auction comment period

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners on Thursday 2/4, postponed a decision to offer big-game tags for auction until their March 9-11 meeting in Boise to allow more time for the public to comment on the proposal.

The extended comment period will close March 4th.

The comment period has reopened.
  1. Auction tag proposal document [PDF 92kb]
  2. Decision postponed, auction tag press release ( 2/4/16 )
  3. Original auction tag press release ( 1/29/16 )
  4. Comment on the proposal

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:
Cascade is "spotty" at best. People are catching a few large perch and rainbow trout through the ice. If you are looking for qualilty and not quantity - Poison Creek is a good spot. Sugarloaf has produced a few more trout but you need a snowmachine to access the reservoir.

Payette Lake as been yielding lake trout. I've seen several in the 20" - 30" range. Jig just off the bottom in deeper water areas (upper 2/3 of the lake). Be careful on the edge of the ice because it is still a little soft.

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir has produced nice trout through the ice. Fish the bays, such as Gray's Landing with bait. Anglers are finding fish in 10' - 12' of water.

Magic Reservoir is fishing much like Cascade. Fishing has been "spotty" with some anglers being "skunked." Fish bait about 10 - 12' deep for best results.

LIttle Wood Reservoir is a fishery that has yielded nice catches of rainbow trout with most anglers reporting limits followed by catch-and-release action. You need a snowmachine to access the reservoir.

Warm Lake has been good fishing with several reports of anglers catching limits of rainbow trout. Again, you need a snowmobile. Use eggs, corn, worms or maggots for great results.

Mackay Reservoir is a great winter fishery - if you don't mind a slight breeze. Locals are catching rainbow, cutthroat and an occasional perch using bait.

Bank Anglers and Open Water:
C.J. Strike near Air Force Ramp and Cottonwood Boat Launch have both been reported as great locations to catch rainbow trout and perch. Anglers are reporting bait and lures both yielding great results. Lures (e.g. Dare Devil, Rooster tail) have been effective for rainbow trout.

Arrowrock and Lucky Peak have both been good from the bank. Rainbow trout limits are common using mostly bait (worms, corn, etc.).