Kokanee trolling has been steady on both lakes. Most anglers are using pop gear tipped with shoepeg corn in 20-25 feet of water, but fish can be found as shallow as 10 feet or as deep as 40, depending on the day. Lucky Peak and Arrowrock have trout and smallmouth bass fishing from the bank or a boat. We have about a month left until the kokanee turn red and begin their spawn, so get them while you can.
Getting there: Take Idaho 21 to Lucky Peak and continue East on Spring Shores/Arrow Rock Road to Arrowrock.
There are good reports on trout and perch. Trout fishermen are trolling or using worms and marshmallows from the bank. Perch prefer worms or small jigs tipped with worm. Schools of perch tend to hold like-sized fish, so if you are catching a bunch of little ones, move around until you find the keepers. Smallmouth fishing can also be good with soft plastics and jigs near rocky shorelines.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade. Crown Point and Sugarloaf Island are popular access points.
It’s been a good year for fly fishermen on the Owyhee, which consistently produces trophy-class brown trout in excess of 20 inches as well as fat, line-peeling rainbows. Large patterns like streamers and mice are always fun to fish, and the trout will take a variety of surface flies as well. When you get there, take a minute to flip over rocks for insect larvae and observe what kinds of critters are buzzing around the shoreline. Match the bugs, and hold on tight.
Getting there: Fish upstream from Adrian, Ore.
A solid summer bet for bass, perch, crappie, trout and more. Good reports on bass, including some big fish. Try soft plastics, crankbaits, jigs or live worms. Crappie fishing has been hit-and-miss, but if you find them, you’ll catch a pile on crappie jigs. Perch have been easier to find this year and will take worms or small jigs. Trout are best caught using bait from the shore or trolling rigs from a boat. Anglers are catching some big rainbows using both methods.
Getting there: Take Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and go south.
The Snake River continues to produce good-to-great fishing for smallmouth and channel cats. Some sections are pretty weedy, but if you can find clear water, you can catch a boatload. Try weedless jigs, soft plastics or flies in dark, crawfish-colored patterns for bass. Catfish will take cutbait, chicken livers, worms and all manner of homemade stinkbait.
Getting there: The fishing is good nearly anywhere between C.J. Strike and Brownlee Reservoirs.
This is one of the quickest, easiest destinations for an after-work jaunt. Fish above Barber Park or below Americana Bridge to avoid the summer floating crowd. Rainbow and brown trout will take flies, spinners and live worms fished through deep pools and riffles. Release the wild trout, but keep the stocked rainbows. A handful of Chinook salmon remain in the river, too.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.