BOISE RIVER (TROUT)
Idaho Fish and Game continues to stock rainbow trout in the river, and anglers are taking advantage. Good catch rates, favorable flows and perfect fall weather make the Boise an ideal October destination. Look for areas where shallow riffles flow into deeper pools and fish with spinners, worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait or flies.
Getting there: Trout are stocked between Barber Park and the Glenwood Bridge.
LAKE CASCADE (TROUT, PERCH)
Despite low water levels, perch fishing has been solid at Cascade this fall. Worms and small jigs will catch fish, and there are a lot of quality perch in the 10- to 14-inch range. Launching a boat is difficult, but the good news is trout fishing from the bank is starting to pick up. Big rainbows cruise the shorelines and can be caught from the bank. Bass action is slowing down, but anglers can still find smallmouths by slow-fishing jigs and plastics around rocky outcroppings.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade. Stop in at Tackle Tom’s to get the latest intel.
SNAKE RIVER (STEELHEAD, BASS)
The fall steelhead run has been slow but steady on the Snake. The Salmon and Clearwater Rivers are open for steelhead fishing. Take a variety of lures and baits including bright-colored hair jigs, wobbling plugs and salmon roe, and be prepared to move around and try different presentations. Bass and catfish are still biting, too, though the cooler temperatures will probably slow the bite soon. Bass are hitting soft plastic crayfish, flukes, jigs and worms. Catfish — including some really big flatheads in the Brownlee area — are taking cut bait, worms and chicken livers.
Getting there: Check the Fish & Game website for a detailed list of Steelhead seasons and rules. Bass and catfish are available between C.J. Strike and Brownlee Reservoirs.
WARM LAKE (TROUT)
I’ve heard multiple reports of quality fishing on Warm Lake this month. There are some nice-sized rainbows and smaller but numerous brook trout in the lake, which is fishable from shore or from small watercraft. Flies, spinners and worms are popular choices. As a general rule, most trout lakes will really start picking up now that the weather has cooled off. I’ve also had good reports from C.J. Strike, Arrowrock and the Duck Valley Reservation in recent weeks.
Getting there: Take Idaho 55 to Cascade, hang a right on Warm Lake Road and continue 25 miles northeast to the lake.