The Clearwater River from the Camas Prairie Bridge at Lewiston upstream to the Cherry Lane Bridge will closed for adult Chinook salmon harvest as of 6:00 pm on Friday May 16th. We have reached our harvest quota. You can still fish for jack salmon (24" and under) in this reach.
Chinook salmon are slowly making their way to Idaho. Last weekend, the Clearwater River averaged 16 hours per salmon caught - downstream of the Cherry Lane Bridge. Estimated harvest was 426 fish.
Fishing on the Snake River was slow, as well with an estimated harvest of 12 Chinook.
The lower Salmon River (confluence to Riggins) saw a few fish caught and there was no documented harvest of salmon in the Little Salmon River.
If river flows don't increase dramatically in response to the warm weather - it should be a good weekend to try the lower Clearwater and Salmon rivers for Chinook.
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.
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!
A few people are fishing the Little Salmon River but no fish were caught over the weekend. Anglers reported fishing for 54 hours with no fish caught or harvested.
Here is the projection as of May 5, 2014 of the number of Chinook salmon returning to Idaho streams based on PIT tags detected at Bonneville Dam. A total of 21 Chinook were caught in the Lewiston area last weekend.
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
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.
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
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.
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.