SNAKE RIVER (MIXED BAG)
The Snake is still going strong for smallmouth bass, channel and flathead catfish, sturgeon and more. Fish around the weeds with soft plastics or a night crawler and the bass fishing can be fantastic. I had some smallmouth luck near Celebration Park this week and I’ve heard good reports on channel cats below Swan Falls Dam, flatheads in the Steck Park area and largemouth bass and perch near C.J. Strike and other Snake River reservoirs. And for steelhead anglers, the Snake is open from the Washington state line at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers upstream to Hells Canyon Dam.
Getting there: The fishing is good nearly anywhere between C.J. Strike and Brownlee reservoirs. Check the Idaho Fish and Game website for steelhead seasons and rules.
LAKE CASCADE (PERCH)
After some slow summer months, anglers are starting to find the schools of jumbo perch Cascade is famous for. Worms are the go-to bait, but perch will also take small jigs, crankbaits and crayfish imitations. A word to the wise: The water is really low, so launching a boat is becoming increasingly difficult. Call Tackle Tom’s or someone you know in Cascade before hauling up a boat. Trout trolling has been slow, and bass fishing has been decent around Crown Point, including bank fishing.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade. Crown Point and Sugarloaf Island are popular access points.
LOCAL PONDS (MIXED BAG)
Anglers are catching trout, bluegill, catfish and some nice largemouth bass out of local ponds — including urban ponds. Explore new areas and the reward can be worth the effort. Ponds are a great place to hit on weeknights, especially as shorter days mean less time to get a boat on the water. Bring an assortment of spinners, flies, soft plastics and a carton of night crawlers and you’ll usually find something biting.
Getting there: Ponds are available from Boise to Middleton and everywhere in between. Fish and Game has a list of family fishing waters on its website.
OWYHEE RIVER (TROUT)
I’m still hearing excellent reports from the Owyhee, where anglers are taking advantage of a trico hatch to land big, bug-slurping browns and rainbows. The water is low, so bring your waders and be prepared to stalk your quarry. Weeds can be a problem, so try to land your fish as quickly as possible — especially the big ones. Hoppers, streamers and other brown trout favorites will catch fish, too.
Getting there: Fish upstream from Adrian, Ore.
BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
Take advantage of areas that don’t see as much fishing pressure during the summer parade of rafts and inner tubes. Spinners, flies and bait will catch stocked rainbows, their larger wild cousins and hard-to-find browns. As water levels fall, dams like Barber Park and Americana can be good places for fish to congregate.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and Star.