Fish Rap: It's mid May and all is well for fishing

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMay 8, 2014 

I've long said May is to fishing what October is to hunting. There's so much good stuff going on my only complaint is I can't be everywhere at once.

I hit Hells Canyon last weekend and can report the scrappy little smallies are alive and well. We caught literally hundreds of them over the weekend, which I expected.

That's the beauty of May. You don't just hope for good fishing, you expect it, and as long as the weather cooperates – which often it doesn't - you can have some really memorable trips.

Let's start with the sure bets. Normally I shy away from ever using "sure" when it comes to fishing, but it's May, so let's live large.

I've heard nothing but good out of the Duck Valley reservoirs, and that's a favorite weekend trip on the calendar.

Lake Lowell has also been doing well, and you can't beat it for convenience. If the weather looks iffy for a weekend trip, stay home and hit Lake Lowell if there's a break in the weather.

The Snake River has me scratching my head for two reasons: One, the average size of the bass seems to have jumped a grade. Two, it's now mid-May and the river is still low. I'm sure there's a valid reason, but I don't know what it is.

And speaking of bass, here's a shout out to my pal Jordan Rodriguez. He caught and released a largemouth bass that measured 23.5-inches with a 16-inch girth, and estimated weight was 7 to 8 pounds. It's an amazing fish, and he caught it in a small lake where you wouldn't expected a fish that big. I bring it up because you never know where you might find the bass of a lifetime, but this is the season to find one.

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