Fish Rap by Roger Phillips: Breathe a sigh of relief for the South Fork

rphillips@idahostatesman.comNovember 14, 2013 

It was really nice to catch some fish in the South Fork of the Boise River and see firsthand that they still exist, and that the river is still a great place.

Throughout the fires and mudslides, I’ve talked to a variety of experts and also know from past experiences that these rivers usually weather the storm just fine. But there’s something about standing in the river and seeing it for yourself.

I have a feeling there will be plenty of company there for the next few weeks, or possibly longer depending on the weather.

The South Fork has always been a popular fishing spot for hearty winter anglers, and I think it will be even more popular because people are curious to see what it looks like post-slides.

But it’s certainly not the only spot available. Most people are after trout and steelhead this time of year, but there are still a few savvy folks catching perch, crappie and even a few bass.

We’re in that transition time between fall and winter, and my advice is always the same — be flexible. Plan your trips and adapt them to suit the weather. If the weather is bad, stay home.

You may notice Clear Lake is back in the fishing report. I called there this week and it sounds like there are not many anglers. The lake probably won’t be restocked until February, but there’s still plenty of big trout in the lake.

Don’t overlook this spot if you like float tubing and fly fishing. It’s a good day trip, and you may land a trout up to 6 pounds. I like walking from the lake to the warm, comfy clubhouse for a burger. It’s a great way to end a fishing trip.

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