Fish Rap: Nature's calling, and it's time to go fishing

rphillips@idahostatesman.comApril 10, 2014 

Have I already said it's reservoir season? Can't remember. I tend to get a little ahead of myself. If not, by the power vested in me by no one in particular, I hereby declare the official start of reservoir season.

It's where I turn my attention this time of year. We get a week of sunny, warm weather and the birds start chirping so loud outside my window in the morning that I can hardly sleep.

It's nature's call to grab the kick boat or launch the motor boat and go fish a reservoir.

Remember that air warms a lot faster than water, and some of these waters can still be pretty chilly and the fish kind of sluggish and/or moody.

But I'm also hearing reports of a few limits of trout at Lake Cascade before the ice is even off, "red-hot" fishing at Duck Valley Reservoirs, and some good catches of crappie at C.J. Strike.

On top of that, ponds are being stocked with trout and the Snake River could top 60 degrees this weekend - and it's already produced some really nice bass this spring.

That sure sounds like prime-time fishing to me.

Of course, actual results will vary. I've fished on some amazing days in the spring when all conditions looked perfect and still couldn't buy a fish.

But you know what? Spring is when I don't even take it personally. It's just a great time to be on the water and feeling the warm rays of sun and planning and plotting more fishing trips ahead, or plotting my revenge on fish that aren't ready to bite yet.

I hope we all get some great fishing this weekend, and I honestly think many of us will. The yard work can wait. Go fishing.

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