This week’s ice conditions have improved greatly since the previous week. On the North end of lake(Boulder Creek, Poison Creek) there was a consistent 5-7” of ice extending out a few hundred yards from shore. There are reports that ice on the South End(Sugarloaf, City Boat Ramp) is also in the 4-6” range. With cold temperatures that ice depth should increase. Angling pressure on both ends of the lake over the last week was fairly low with a majority of the pressure occurring over the weekend. The most pressure was found on the north end of the lake, due in large to better ice conditions. There was very little effort seen on the south end of the lake over the weekend. Fishing success varied amongst groups of anglers but the majority of people were encountering tough fishing. The majority of fish being caught were small (4-6”) with a few bigger fish being found. There have been reports of some nice perch being caught, although this has not been reflected in the creel data gathered. Hopefully as more people start fishing the success will pick up.
Get your salmon fishing pole tuned-up and your boat ready to hit the water. Biologists have made their preseason forecasts for the 2015 Chinook salmon returns to Idaho.
Early indications show more adult Chinook salmon returning in 2015 than we saw in 2014 - which ranks as one of the best Chinook fishing seasons in years.