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.
All the water in the area rivers and streams has put a damper on
the fishing this season. High flows are making rivers and streams
very hazardous for anglers and fishing along these waters is not
recommended. Most high mountain lakes are still snowed in, but
warmer weather expected later this week may help open access to
these lakes. Check with the land management agency office nearest
your intended fishing destination to find out about high mountain
Mosquito Flats Reservoir outside of Challis is open and fishing
well right now. Pink marshmallows with nightcrawlers are attracting
trout as are copper and blue Panther Martins. Mackay Reservoir has
been good for anglers trolling for kokanee, but the water is
beginning to turn off-color from runoff.
Families interested in a safe and fun fishing outing can find
good fishing at Kids’ Creek Pond, Hayden Ponds, and Hyde Creek Pond
in the Salmon area. Williams Lake is another good Salmon-area
destination for both bank and boat fishing for trout. PowerBait and
worms are good options for bank fishing. Trolling using spinners
has also produced some good fishing. Challis area anglers can enjoy
some family fishing at Blue Mountain Meadows pond.
The season for chinook salmon opens in the Upper Salmon River
beginning June 25. Anglers may fish for chinook salmon from the
cable car crossing approximately 150 yards below Island Park in
Salmon, upstream to a posted boundary approximately 20 yards above
the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River. This season will remain open
until further notice.
Don’t forget to check the tackle shop nearest to your fishing
destination for fishing information and equipment.