Fish Rap:Trout ponds are fun for testing out lures

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comApril 24, 2014 

The gold Panther Martin plunked down on the surface of the water and sank a few inches before it was nailed by a nice, hefty pan-size trout.

I don't want to say that the ponds in Boise and the Treasure Valley are like grocery stores for trout, but we've had grilled rainbows a few times this month.

I can't say it's like shooting fish in a barrel because I've gotten skunked a few times, especially in the rain. But, the ponds are fun to fish and really close by.

Although I love fly fishing, when it comes to urban ponds, I've had more luck spin fishing.

There's a science to it, just like fly fishing. One day the trout won't hit anything but a Mepps Black Fury. Another day, a yellow-bodied Panther Martin with a gold spinner was the ticket to having seasoned trout simmering in butter.

Come to think about it, the bright Panther Martin worked on a sunny day and the Black Fury took fish on a cloudy day. There's something to choosing bright and dark spinners and colors.

Anyway, area ponds make perfect places to experiment with fishing gear because they are stocked with hundreds of trout a month and fishing can be prime in the spring.

They are also great places to take the kids bait fishing. Garlic marshmallows and worms fished on the bottom can be a sure-fired way of getting the kids into fish.

Do a little experimenting in the ponds with different types of fishing gear and you'll be ready to hit Idaho's trout streams and reservoirs.

Side note: I noticed at one pond that some anglers are cleaning their fish and leaving the remains on the banks of ponds.

Nothing's going to mess up a beautiful little trout pond in the city than to have fish guts all over the place and yellowjackets buzzing around.

Throw the innards in a plastic bag and put them in the trash can. Most ponds have them.

Good fishing. To check out what ponds are stocked, go to and click on Fishing and then Fish Stocking.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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