SALMON RIVER AT RIGGINS (CHINOOK)
Sections of the Lower Salmon River from the Rice Creek Bridge upstream to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Hammer Creek boat ramp and from the Lake Creek Bridge (first bridge across the main Salmon River upstream of Riggins) upstream to the uppermost boat ramp at Vinegar Creek will close to all chinook salmon fishing at the end of fishing hours Sunday, June 7. Fishing for Jacks is also closed. F&G estimates that anglers will have harvested more than 80 percent of the sport fishery share destined for the Rapid River Hatchery by June 7.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 north to Riggins.
LITTLE SALMON RIVER (CHINOOK)
The Little River remains open, and there are plenty of fish to be caught. Anglers have landed 3,274 fish in the Salmon and Little Salmon from May 25 through May 31, and of those, 1,811 were caught in the Little Salmon. About 3,500 remain for the sport-fishing quota, so plan your trip accordingly. According to F&G Fisheries Manager Joe Dupont, the run has probably peaked. F&G trapped 1,334 chinook at the Rapid River trap through June 2. Reading the tea leaves, this season could remain open a couple more weeks, but if fishing stays hot, those remaining fish can be quickly caught.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 between New Meadows and Riggins.
Hear that? That whooshing sound was the brown drake hatch coming and going. But fear not, the river is still full of trout, running clear, and other bugs are hatching. Callibaetis is probably the best hatch, but dry fly fishing is not limited to those. Terrestrials will work, and if you’re not afraid to go subsurface, pheasant tails and other nymphs will catch fish.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and U.S. 20 to the creek.
LAKE LOWELL (BASS)
Fishing continues to be good for largemouth bass and should continue. Don’t expect slam-dunk fishing, but people who work shorelines and structure will likely catch fish. Aquatic plants will continue to grow and make fishing more challenging, but this is still a convenient location and a solid place to fish. Plastic worms and crawdad imitations are good starters. Topwater fishing in the evenings is always fun.
Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell.
This is a fun place for trout fishing because it’s well stocked with rainbow and brown trout and fishes well from shore or boats. Don’t expect big trout, but expect to catch fish, and possibly limits. Worms and Powerbait for shore angling work well. Trolling your favorite lure will also catch fish, or strip woolly buggers.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade and Warm Lake Road to the marked turn off to the reservoir.
MOUNTAIN LAKES (TROUT)
It’s time to start thinking about your favorite lake because they’re opening up. A few reports are trickling in that mid-elevation are open and fishing well. Take advantage of the low snowpack to enjoy these mountain gems.
Getting there: Lakes are near McCall and Stanley.