Fish Rap: Prime fishing continues in lakes and streams

rphillips@idahostatesman.comMay 29, 2014 

It's still prime time, and I am reminded of that every time I talk to my fishing buddies. They spread out far and wide each weekend, and we compare notes afterward.

I didn't fish this week, so I had to live vicariously through others, but there was lots of good fishing out there.

Let's start with streams since the opener was last weekend. The South Fork of the Boise fished well, and it will stay flowing at 300 cfs at least through June 9, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials. That means waders will have the run of the river, and the salmonflies are starting to show. That's a pretty rare combination, so enjoy it.

Silver Creek's famed brown drake hatch is starting a little early, but I doubt you will hear anyone complaining.

The drakes are probably the creek's marquee hatch because it only happens once a year for about a week, and the fish go nuts. They feed on the surface with abandon, and that brings out the fly anglers in droves.

There are also lots of good reports from lakes and reservoirs. Crappie fishing at both C.J. Strike and Owyhee Reservoir in Oregon has been good to excellent, but lots of small fish reported.

Perch fishing is good at Strike and at Lake Cascade, and trout fishing at Lake Cascade should turn on soon.

Horsethief Reservoir is about as close to a sure bet as you can get for trout fishing. Idaho Fish and Game keeps that reservoir well stocked with trout, and the catch rates are typically good for all types of angling.

Salmon anglers are facing high water. It's tough, but the good news is fishing will really turn on when the flows drop.

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