Fish and Game will release chinook salmon sometime Thursday afternoon at sites from the Glenwood Bridge to Barber Dam. Don’t forget you need a salmon permit as well as a fishing license. You can keep two chinook a day, regardless of size. The possession limit is six. Chinook less than 24 inches don’t need to be carded, but they count toward your daily limit. Adult salmon longer than 24 inches must be recorded on your permit. Barbless hooks aren’t required on the Boise River, and you can fish 24 hours a day. The season will run through Sept. 30.
Trout fishing is fair. There are lots of caddis on the water. And speaking of lots of things on the water: Floating season is open between Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park, so try not to hook the rafters.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
LITTLE SALMON RIVER (CHINOOK)
The chinook season on the Little Salmon from the mouth upstream to the bridge near Smokey Boulder Road closes Sunday. The good news: Chinook seasons continue on the Clearwater River upstream of the Orofino Bridge, South Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, Lochsa, Snake and upper Salmon rivers.
Getting there: Take U.S. 95 between New Meadows and Riggins.
SOUTH FORK SALMON RIVER (CHINOOK)
It looks like there are plenty of salmon in the river, which might cut down on some elbow-to-elbow angling when the season opens Friday.
Getting there: Fishing will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the mainstem South Fork Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream about 32 river miles to a posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap.
LAKE CASCADE/HORSETHIEF RESERVOIR
(PERCH, TROUT, BASS)
There have been some decent-sized perch being taken out of the west side of Lake Cascade. Hug the weedy areas in 8 to 10 feet of water and use worms or crappie jigs. If you’re after trout, trollers have had the best luck with Beer Can and Ford Fenders trailed by a Wedding Ring spinner. Trout fishing has been a little slower at Horsethief. Bass fishing on the east side of Lake Cascade continues to be solid.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade.
C.J. STRIKE RESERVOIR
(CRAPPIE, TROUT, BASS)
There are plenty of bass in the 2- to 4-pound range being caught all over the lake. Keep it simple and use worms. Crappie are biting, but you just have to find them. Your best bet is in the Narrows. Trollers are having the the best luck with trout.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
MIDDLE FORK OF THE BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
Now is the time to go. Flows have dropped and fishing has dramatically improved. Try stimulator patterns.
Getting there: Take Idaho 21 past Lucky Peak and go right on Middle Fork Road.