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

Lost Valley Reservoir - They're Baaaack! Fishing Report June 2016

Fished Lost Valley Res. north of Fruitvale this past Friday 6/10 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.


Aleena's first salmon

For years my 3 daughters have been coming with me salmon fishing all over Idaho and now they are old enough to handle a salmon rod. My 11 year old hooked one on the South fork last year and lost it, but became hooked. My 10 year old is bound and determined to land a salmon, and the other day in Hell's Canyon she accomplished that. I've never seen her so happy, she's hooked for life and I can't wait to see what these girls do in the future.

Horsethief Reservoir Update May 2016

With Memorial Day just around the corner, here is an update on this popular destination fishery.

Last fall, the reservoir was drained and the remaining fish population euthanized to remove fish illegally stocked in the popular fishing water.  The gate on the dam was then closed to capture winter/spring run-off to refill the reservoir.

Although the reservoir won't be full Memorial Day weekend, there is enough water to launch a boat.  The lake has been restocked with 12" rainbow trout and should be a great location for your weekend get-away.  All camping areas are currently open.


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:  or to learn more.