More trout are going in the river this month, there are chinook in there, too, and it’s a place to cool down in the heat. That’s not a bad combo. The river is currently flowing about 1,400 at Glenwood Bridge. It’s easier to wade around Eagle where the river splits into channels. Swing spinners in moderate current, drift bait, and watch for insect hatches.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.
The lake is about 4 feet from full, so there’s lots of room to fish. Harvest season for bass opened Tuesday, but remember there are special regulations. Harvest is limited to two bass, none between 12 and 16 inches. Anglers can keep bass less than 12 inches at Lake Lowell, which F&G recommends to keep the population balanced. Largemouths tolerate high temperatures better than most fish, but the cooler mornings and evenings tend to be the most productive times.
Getting there: Go south from Nampa or Caldwell.
DUCK VALLEY RESERVOIRS (TROUT)
These reservoirs often get overlooked during summer, but they still have good trout fishing. The 5,000-foot elevation also means it’s cooler there than many other reservoirs. Mornings and evenings are probably best. Watch for fish rising to chironomids and damselflies in the evenings. Sheep Creek also has trophy-sized smallmouth bass.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and go south.
SOUTH FORK, UPPER SALMON RIVERS (CHINOOK)
South Fork closes for all chinook fishing at 10 p.m. Friday, and closes at the end of fishing hours Sunday, July 5 for adult chinook (24-inches and longer) in upper Salmon River from the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River upstream to the posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery near Stanley. Anglers can catch jacks (less than 24 inches) in the upper Salmon River until further notice.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 and Warm Lake Road to the South Fork, take Idaho 75 from Stanley to the upper Salmon.
BIG WOOD RIVER (TROUT)
The river has dropped and cleared and return to its old self. Good-to-excellent reports for rainbows with a nice mix of some large fish with and lots younger fish in the 6- to 8-inch range. Watch for green drake and western quill hatches. If nothing is hatching, chuck nymphs. The river can still get murky if there’s a rainstorm in the mountains, so watch the weather. But if that happens, Silver Creek is nearby.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home, Idaho 51 to Bruneau and west on Idaho 78.
Don’t overlook this river during heat waves. The smallmouth fishing can be excellent, and catfish move into the riffles to feed. The river can get weedy, so look for current, gravel bottom and rocky areas where there aren’t weeds. There tend to be lots of aggressive small bass, so you have to sort through a lot of them to find bigger fish, but it’s a way to get new anglers into a lot of fish.
Getting there: Fish between Swan Falls and Marsing.