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Playing Outdoors: the weekly fishing report (Feb. 16)

Every Tuesday, we’ll post fishing writer Jordan Rodriguez’s weekly report in the Playing Outdoors blog. His column will appear two to three Wednesdays per month.

Jordan’s report for this week:

C.J. Strike Reservoir (Mixed Bag)

Fishing is starting to pick up out at C.J., with anglers catching trout, perch, bluegill and even a few bass. Bank fishermen and boat fishermen alike are having some luck in the Narrows as well as the Bruneau Arm. Come prepared with an assortment of panfish jigs, trout spinners, bass lures and bait, and chances are you’ll hook into something. With more balmy temperatures expected this week, the fishing should continue to get better.

Getting there: Take 1-84 east to Mountain Home and head south. There are multiple points of access.

Treasure Valley Ponds (Trout)

If you’re looking for a quick evening trip or a safe, easy place to take the kids, local ponds are the way to go. Hundreds of hatchery trout have been stocked throughout the Treasure Valley this month, and with the early spring-like weather, warm-water species like bluegill and bass should be stirring as well. Just last week, Idaho Fish & Game announced the release of 100 retired brood stock trout at Sawyer’s Pond in Emmett. It might be a little crowded, but the average weight of the fish stocked was more than five pounds, according to a Fish & Game press release. Big fish! In general, stocked trout seem to go for Power Bait, marshmallows and worms. Corn and shrimp are also popular baits, and spinners will work too. Ponds also are a great place to practice fly-fishing, as long as it’s not too crowded.

Getting there: Fish & Game stocks ponds from Boise to Middleton and just about everywhere in between.

Lake Cascade (Perch & Trout)

In spite of the warm spell, ice conditions are holding up at Cascade, which held its annual fishing derby last weekend. There’s still a solid foot of ice, and the perch fishing is really picking up. Most years, the biggest perch are caught in the final weeks leading up to ice-out, so if the state record is to be broken for the third consecutive year, there’s a good chance it will happen soon. The best perch fishing is happening around Sugarloaf Island, which requires snowmobiles or four-wheelers to access. The route from the city boat ramp is the way to go as some anglers have bogged down in slush coming in from Poison Creek on the north side. Bring worms, jigs, cut bait, meal worms and the usual assortment of ice fishing tackle. A big rainbow trout or Coho salmon is always possible, too.

Getting there: Take Idaho 55 north to Cascade and follow the signs to popular access points. Call ahead to Tackle Tom’s for the latest reports at 382-4367.

Boise River (Trout)

If you want a quick fix and ponds aren’t your thing, the Boise River remains productive for rainbow trout, with an occasional brown trout or whitefish mixed in. The browns and big, wild rainbows are fewer and farther between, so catch-and-release is recommended. Fishing has been good for both spin and fly-fishermen. Spinners, Rapalas, worms, salmon eggs, streamers, midges and small nymphs are among the most popular offerings. There tend to be more fish through town, where Fish & Game stocks 10-12 inch rainbows pretty regularly, but bigger fish in more remote, hard-to-access areas.

Getting there: Fish & Game stocks trout between Barber Park and the Glenwood Bridge.

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