This report highlights a few of the best places to fish, what
anglers are using and what they are catching. The information is
compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle
shops and anglers.
Henrys Fork Snake River – Fishing has been good for anglers
willing to fight the wind. San Juan worms or bead heads are
producing decent numbers of fish. The Box Canyon is open this year,
but access is difficult due to snow still lingering in Island
South Fork Snake River – Fishing has been good, particularly on
warmer days. Fish jigs in the deeper holes, or try slowly stripping
streamers along current seams. Watch for rainbow trout to move into
shallower water to spawn soon. Glow bugs can be effective in areas
where fish are spawning and downstream from redds. Don’t forget
Fish and Game encourages you to keep all rainbow trout you catch in
the South Fork. There is no limit so enjoy a meal if you can.
Nonnative rainbow trout hybridize with the native cutthroat,
creating hybrids and reducing the abundance of pure cutthroat. Fish
and Game has tagged over 1,000 rainbow trout over the past two
years with tags ranging in value up to $1,000. To see if your
rainbow is a winner, bring the head by Fish and Game’s Upper Snake
Regional Office in Idaho Falls.
Ririe Reservoir – The ice has come off of the reservoir, and
walleye are starting to move up into the Willow Creek arm to spawn.
April is likely the best time to capitalize on congregated walleye
in this area. Anglers should focus at the mouth of Willow Creek and
in the stream channel immediately below the mouth.