BROWNLEE RESERVOIR (CRAPPIE)
Good reports of crappie fishing around Woodhead Park, and just in time for 100-plus-degree heat. It’s a good time to take advantage of those power outlets at Idaho Power campgrounds to keep the AC going on your RV. Probably good bass fishing, too.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 to Cambridge and Idaho 71 to the reservoir.
SOUTH FORK SALMON RIVER (CHINOOK)
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Fishing has been slow since it opened, but fish are moving in and it’s improving. Between 1,000 and 1,400 fish are available for sport (non tribal) harvest. Anglers have caught up to 800 fish in a day in the past when fishing is hot, so this season may not last long. Expect crowds this weekend.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade and Warm Lake Road to the river.
F&G will release 120 adult and 40 jack salmon into the river Friday afternoon at the Glenwood, West Parkcenter Bridge and Barber Park release sites. You can keep two chinook a day. The possession limit is six and must be recorded on your permit. Barbless hooks aren’t required on the Boise River, and you can fish 24 hours a day. The season will run through Sept. 30. Trout fishing is fair, and anglers who want to wade might want to fish the channels around Eagle and Star.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
Perch fishing has been fair-to-good on the west side of the reservoir, but it’s mostly boat anglers who can find the schools. Trolling for trout has improved with large fish coming out of the reservoir. There’s still smallmouth bass fishing around rocky areas on the east side of the reservoir. This is a good place to escape the valley heat, but it’s expected to hit the 90s there.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade.
BIG WOOD RIVER (TROUT)
River is clearing and dropping. It’s been muddy most of the spring and early summer, so it’s time to see how the trout have fared. Look for green drake hatches and rising trout. Tough to know how this one will fish because fires can both help and harm fish populations. An influx of nutrients can spike growth, so there might be some larger fish.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to Idaho 75.
MIDDLE FORK/NORTH FORK BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
Rivers have dropped and are at good flows for wading. These are classic mountain rivers with lots of room for anglers and good trout fishing. Temperatures will be hot, but the rivers cool.
Getting there: Take Idaho 21 to Middle Fork Road, or take Rabbit Creek Road past Idaho City to the North Fork.
SOUTH FORK BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
It’s floating season with the flows about 1,600 cfs. Fishing has been fair at best lately, but the stoneflies are starting to hatch and move upstream, so the section above the Danskin launch should improve as bugs move upstream. Also watch for caddis hatches.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to Anderson Ranch Dam Road.