BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
If you want to fish a river for trout, your options are limited, but this isn’t a bad one. River was holding at 300 cfs mid week, but you can expect flows to go up soon. Nymph fishing in riffles and pools will usually get a trout or two. Use a streamer for brown trout. The key to fishing the river is often finding pockets of water that don’t get heavily fished. Try a stonefly nymph trailed with a zebra midge, pheasant tail or caddis pupae.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
OWYHEE RIVER (TROUT)
Lots of browns are being caught and fair-to-good hatches for blue-wing olives, midges and some caddis. River is still flowing about 14 cfs, but flows will go up mid month.
Getting there: Fish upstream from Adrian, Ore.
DUCK VALLEY RESERVOIRS (TROUT)
Good reports out of Mountain View Reservoir. This one typically starts fishing well early in spring, and this year is no exception. It’s also an equal-opportunity fishery. People do well bait fishing (worms and PowerBait), fly fishing, trolling, etc. Billy Shaw and Sheep Creek are also worth a try while you’re down there.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and go south.
C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR (TROUT)
Good fishing for bass, crappie and perch. Crappie are in the Narrows and the others are well distributed throughout the reservoir. Weather looks decent for the weekend, but you never know what the wind will do. If conditions allow, could be a good weekend down there.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
SNAKE RIVER (BASS)
I’ve heard good reports out of the Snake for bass and catfish. Lots of big catches of catfish have been coming out, and if you find the smallmouths, you can get some big ones. Fishing should be good around Swan Falls Dam, but there’s lots of good water from there to Marsing and beyond. River is flowing about 6,000 cfs at Nyssa, Ore. Expect higher flows soon.
Getting there: Fish between Swan Falls and Marsing.
CRANE FALLS/COVE ARM (BASS)
These small lakes offer good fishing for bass, bluegill, trout and crappie. They are user friendly for bank anglers and small craft like float tubes, canoes and kayaks. Bass fishing is good, and bluegill fishing should start turning on soon. Use a small grub and you should be able to catch anything.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, take Idaho 51south across Snake River and right on Crane Falls Road.
MANN CREEK RESERVOIR (TROUT)
This is worth a look for early season reservoir fishing. It has a good population for trout and some smallmouth bass. It’s well stocked in the spring and also has a healthy population of wild trout. It’s also a nice place to camp and fish.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 15 miles past Weiser then Mann Creek Road.