Fish Rap: Time to plan your trips to mountain lakes

rphillips@idahostatesman.comJuly 10, 2014 

This is kind of a continuation of my column on Page 9. If you're already tired of the Valley heat, there's a fairly easy escape in the mountains, and you will find some really cool - literally and figuratively - fishing up there.

When most people think of mountain lakes, they envision strapping on a backpack and doing their best billy goat imitation to some distant lake beneath a postcard peak.

I certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from doing that, but you don't have to hike vast distances to enjoy a mountain lake.

Many you can drive to within steps of the shoreline. I have my favorites, and they shall remain anonymous. But I will add they aren't exactly secrets. I could name at least half a dozen off the top of my head within a short drive of McCall.

And if you're thinking fishing can't be good if they're road accessible, consider this: If you can drive to it, so can Fish and Game's stocking truck.

Contrary to popular belief that lakes are inhabited by native fish, nearly all mountain lakes were stocked at some point, and most are stocked on a rotating basis.

You can find out when and where by going to F&G's website and looking at the Fishing Planner. You can get recent stocking reports about lakes, maps and other information.

My advice is to pick an area where there's a cluster of lakes. If one isn't producing fish, head to the next one.

But don't be surprised if you don't leave the first one, even if fishing isn't red hot. There's something soothing and relaxing about being at a mountain lake, so focus on the whole experience, not just the body count.

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