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.

Horsethief Reservoir - Update, April 2016

Late in the fall of 2015, Horsethief Reservoir was drained and treated with a chemical to remove all remaining fish so a rainbow trout fishery could be re-established. Once the treatment was completed, the valve on the dam was closed and the reservoir began to refill.

As of the first week in April, the reservoir is about 1/2 full and is continuing to rise.  At this time, the water level is about 50' below the end of the boat ramp.  Hatchery rainbow trout will be stocked by the end of April to replenish this popular fishery.Watch our website for details on the actual stocking date and size of fish.

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. -


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.

Maintenance Work Begins on Winchester Lake - Could Last Through Summer 2016

It's not uncommon for a dam that's over 100 years old to require maintenance. Within the next few weeks Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game in cooperations with Idaho Parks and Recreation will be notifying anglers, park users and landowners that lake levels at Winchester Lake will be falling this spring so we can repair a safety siphon and excavate an explorative hole in front of the spillway. Findings from the test hole will dictate whether additional work is necessary. If more work is needed, the lake could remain drawn down from several weeks to the entire summer. All work is being coordinated with the Idaho Dept. of Water Resources and their Dam Safety experts.

There could also be traffic delays on State Highway 95 alternate Route to Winchester, Idaho.

Attend Public Meetings on 2016 Chinook Salmon Fisheries

Joe DuPont, Clearwater Fisheries Manager, encourages anglers to join the discussion on how to manage this year's Chinook Salmon fisheries. The public meeting is in Lewiston on February 24, 2016. Meetings are also being held in Orofino on February 22 and Riggins on February 23.  Check the press release for more details.

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