All you need are a few worms and a bobber, and you can expect to catch anything from trout to bluegill. Area ponds are regularly stocked with trout, and there have been a few reports of some monsters being taken out of West Valley ponds. Go to IdahoStatesman.com for the stocking report.
Speaking of family-friendly fishing, Idaho Fish and Game has list of places that are easy to get to and have plenty of fish. If you’re just getting started, you’ll find tips from Idaho Statesman experts in our online fishing guide ( www.idahostatesman.com/fishing-guide). Don’t miss the advice on how to get children hooked on fishing.
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Getting there: Ponds are located throughout the Treasure Valley.
Fluctuating flows mean the fishing can be hit-or-miss and it’ll likely be a week or more before it clears up. You’ll have the best luck in the evening.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
Fishing has been pretty erratic so far, but a few small fish are being taken. Bass should start picking up in a couple weeks as the water warms.
Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell.
Perch fishing continues to improve, especially on the north end of the lake and there have been reports of activity around the dam. Worms are your best bet, but you might dip into your arsenal of plastics.
The lake is warming up, which means smallmouth bass are starting to perk up on the east side. If you’re after trout, they’ve been tough to get from shore.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade.
C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR
Weather conditions have improved and so has the fishing. All species are picking up, most notably crappie, which are biting in the Cottonwoods. Trollers are having good luck with trout.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
CRANE FALLS/COVE ARM
The bass are biting at Crane Falls, and the best news is you don’t need to be there early. Show up about noon and bring a sinking-tip line. Try small grubs or plastics.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, take Idaho 51south across Snake River and right on Crane Falls Road.
The river is running low. They’re tough to find at times, but there have been a few reports of decent-sized bass being caught.
Getting there: Fish between Swan Falls and Marsing.
The fishing has been good so far. Use midges and terrestrials. Don’t forget: Be careful driving and parking on the road.
Getting there: Fish upstream from Adrian, Ore.