Fishing Report for the Upper Snake Region, Idaho March 12, 2012

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.

Ice and snow are receding and fishing activity is picking up in the Upper Snake.  Anglers are working the upper Henry’s Fork Snake River around Last Chance and having luck catching rainbow trout.  Others are fishing above Island Park Reservoir, targeting fish moving out of the reservoir on seasonal migrations.  Ice fishing continues on some waters including Island Park Reservoir, but ice conditions vary across the region.

More anglers are testing their luck in recent weeks on the South Fork Snake River too.  Try fishing below Palisades Dam using bead heads, spinners or live bait.  Others are reporting activity downstream near Menan.  Catch rates are okay but slow at times.  However, with patience, the fishing can be pretty good.

Fishing is improving on the Big Lost River as midge activity moves downstream.  Nice fish are being caught near the surface and subsurface, hitting hardware all the way down river to Darlington.  The water level has been good all winter and the fish are in good shape.  Warmer weather this month should bring blue-wing olives and then the fun should really start.

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