SALMON RIVER AT RIGGINS (CHINOOK)
The salmon are arriving in both the main river and the Little Salmon River. Rapid River Hatchery had 30 fish reach the trap through Tuesday. Most fish caught by anglers last week were between River Creek and Hammer Creek boat ramp. Those fish will be moving through the system quickly this year with relatively low spring run off. The river was flowing about 24,000 cfs mid week and the Little Salmon about 1,800. With rain in the forecast, the rivers may be off color, but should still be fishable. Anglers had caught 280 fish through May 10.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to Riggins.
LOCAL PONDS (TROUT, BASS)
I know I bang this drum a lot, but it’s the most convenient fishing option for most people in the Treasure Valley and spring is the best time of year to fish them. Idaho Fish and Game’s free fishing trailer will be at Sego Prairie Pond in Kuna from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14; Williams Pond in Boise from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 and Wilson Pond in Nampa from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.
Getting there: Ponds are located throughout the Treasure Valley.
CLEARWATER RIVER (CHINOOK)
Lower Clearwater closes on Sunday (see Out and About) for details. Fishing is good on the river, but it’s not going to last long at this rate. Here are the current dam numbers: 65,217 chinook across Lower Granite through Tuesday, May 12. Ten-year average is 12,000 for that date. River was flowing 17,700 at Peck mid week. Anglers had landed 1,400 fish through May 10.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to the river near Lewiston.
C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR (CRAPPIE, TROUT)
Reports keep rolling in about good crappie and bass fishing here. But the weather doesn’t look real cooperative this weekend. Temperature will be warm, but you may get some rain. It’s still worth a trip if the wind isn’t blowing too hard.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
LAKE LOWELL (BASS)
Bass fishing is fair to good and the reservoir is nearly full. Fish the weed lines and points. For small boats, the south shoreline is a good choice. You can also do well wading the among the trees and brush on the south shore. Lots of fish are in the shallows. It’s a fun place to fish topwater lures and flies.
Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell.
CRANE FALLS/COVE ARM
These are both good spots for shore anglers and those in small boats. Crane has been productive for bass lately, and there’s a good bluegill fishing, too. Cove Arm can have good crappie fishing off the dike on the reservoir side.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, take Idaho 51south across Snake River and right on Crane Falls Road.
Trophy smallmouths are still coming out of the river, which is still running low of this time of year. Marsing to Celebration Park and immediately downstream of Swan Falls are good spots.
Getting there: Fish between Swan Falls and Marsing.