Fall is a fun time to fish local reservoirs. A trip to Brownlee Reservoir last week brought fast and furious fishing on smallmouth bass and an occasional crappie.
The best color lures seemed to be green or brown. Worms, jigs, and lures all seemed to work. Cast in close to the bank and do a slow-jerk retrieval. Red/yellow top-water popers also worked well.
Most of the bass were 10 - 12". Larger bass can be found in deeper water.
We also found a few small crappie. Fish the rocky points in about 20' of water.
Before you panic, we're talking about tiger salamanders. Several people have recently sent photos or reported finding alien-like creatures in pool filters and damp locations throughout the City of Boise. We also had a crayfish trapper in the Magic Valley surprised with a large "tiger" in his trap.
This Idaho native is a unique amphibian that can be found from low elevation streams to high mountain lakes. It spends most of its life underground and can grow to nearly a foot in length (very rare in Idaho). They say, "Mother Nature has no ugly children." Well, if that is indeed true, the "tiger" comes as close to ugly as you can get without stepping over the line.
So, when you're out fishing, roll a rock now and then and see if you can find a hiding tiger - salamander, that is.
Fall Chinook salmon are beginning to show-up in the fishery around Lewiston, Idaho. With record numbers crossing dams on the Lower Snake and Columbia Rivers; fishing can only get better.
Most anglers are using bait (herring, shrimp or eggs).
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) Releases Special Report on Fishing
Report Reveals Nationwide Increased Participation among Women Youth Hispanics
The lure of recreational fishing remains strong, according to the 2014 Special Report on Fishing, recently released by RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation. According to the report, there were 4.1 million newcomers to fishing in 2013, an increase from the 3.5 million average new anglers per year between 2007 and 2012. Additionally, women, children and Hispanics showed increases in participation.
"We're happy to see new, diverse and young audiences take up fishing at historic rates," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "These numbers reinforce our initiatives to engage and retain first-time and Hispanic anglers, and validate our overall efforts to increase fishing license and boat registration sales, which contribute to state fish and wildlife conservation efforts."
"Fishing and boating represent two critical outdoor activities that are key to keeping Americans involved in the outdoors,” said Christine Fanning, Executive Director of the Outdoor Foundation. “We’re thrilled to partner, once again, with the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation on this important research project."
The sixth annual report details fishing participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geography.
TOP 10 REPORT LEARNINGS:
Women anglers – Almost 42% of first-time fishing participants are female
Number of outings for Hispanic participants – Hispanic fishing participants average 24.4 days on the water per year; almost five days more than the average for all fishing participants (19.7 days)
Youth – Fishing participation as a child has a powerful effect on future participation - 83.7% of adult anglers fished as a child
Influencers – Parents, siblings and friends continue to be the largest influencers to the introduction of fishing; specifically, parents introduce 81.8% of 6-12 year olds and 76.6% of 13-17 year olds
Social – Over 83% of fishing trips involve more than one person
Most popular – Freshwater fishing remains the most popular type of fishing (almost 38 million), with more than 3x the number of participants as saltwater fishing
Fly fishing – 14% percent of fly fishing participants were new to the sport
Spontaneous – Most fishing trips are spontaneous or planned within a week of the trip (79%)
Reasons to fish – Catching fish and enjoying the sounds/smells of nature. Over 80% of participants report catching fish during their last fishing trip
License purchase – 27% of fishing participants (of license-buying age) are not buying fishing licenses, which means revenue used for conservation is being left on the table