If it hasn’t happened already, ponds should really be turning on for planted trout and resident bass and bluegill. It’s a great time of year to explore ponds and find those bluegill beds that can provide nonstop action. Bass anglers should be able to find nice fish. It’s a good time to practice catch-and-release bass fishing because they’re spawning.
Getting there: Ponds are located throughout the Treasure Valley.
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On Friday, river flows will increase about 500 cfs, with an additional 200 cfs increase Saturday. By the end of Saturday, flows will be approximately 1,400 cfs and will stay there through May. That’s going to make wading tough and fishing slow until the fish settle.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
Lots of bass, but most are small. There’s also reports of good trout fishing near where the canals flow in on the Nampa side. There’s good largemouth fishing on the south end of the reservoir. Biffle Bugs in brown and copper have been good baits for bass.
Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell.
Winning trout for Howdy’s derby last weekend was an 8-pound rainbow. Perch were biting by the dam last weekend and decent-sized fish. Trout fishing is fair to slow, but some smallmouths are showing.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade.
C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR
There’s good crappie fishing in the Narrows and near Cottonwood Campground. No doubt there’s plenty of bass available, too. Catch this reservoir on a good (not windy) day and there are a lot of options.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
Good fishing, and the browns are taking off the surface. There are lots of different insects hatching, so you may have to figure out which insects the fish are feeding on. The river is flowing about 120 cfs.
Good reports about smallmouths downstream from Swan Falls Dam. The fish move upstream in the spring and get short stopped by the dam, but you have to find them in holding water. Here’s a tip: look for them on the bottom in structure similar to where you would find trout in a river. Use crankbaits or plastics. Anything that resembles a crawdad usually works well.
Getting there: Fish between Swan Falls and Marsing.
CLEARWATER RIVER (SALMON)
About 7,300 chinook had crossed Lower Granite through Tuesday, April 28, and more than 5,000 of those crossed in three days between Sunday and Tuesday. Fish tend to arrive early when it’s a low water year, and that appears to be the case. The 10-year-average return through April 28 is 790 chinook.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to Lewiston.