Fishing Report for Southwestern Idaho, March 14, 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.

Excitement for spring fishing is what I am hearing from everyone. Anglers are getting their boats and gear ready.
Our recommendations:

    CJ Strike- Last weekend some nice perch (10-11”) were caught in the narrows around 35- 40’ deep.  The bite was slow but consistent between 8 & 10 am with small jigs tipped with a worm.  Some are catching perch off the dam. Thank you Scott from Mountain Home for sending us your report!
    Arrowrock and Lucky Peak – Last weekend anglers did well trolling for trout and kokanee. The lull appears to be over. Nice sized kokanee are expected this year.
    Local ponds in the Southwest Region – Most of our ponds will be stocked this week. See the stocking report link below.


The Boise River water is flowing at 3,500 cubic feet per second as of today. This has stirred up angling conditions. The Department is not stocking the Boise River this week.

Horsethief Reservoir – This is a great place to take your family. Fishing for trout has been very good with worms, marshmallows or salmon eggs.

Cascade Reservoir – You’ve probably heard a lot of buzz this year about the large perch out of Cascade Reservoir this past year. If you are willing to be mobile and seek out the perch you will do well. Warmer temperatures on the horizon mean more active fish and better fishing.

We are anglers, and we know the value of outdoor experiences like fishing for our physical and emotional well-being. I bring this up because today’s youth are not ‘playing’ outdoors the way we once did. A recent survey found that young people between the ages on 8-18 spend more than 7 ½ hours a day on smart phones, computers and watching television. That’s 53 hours a week. Be an angling mentor for youth. Take them fishing or to one of our Fishing Trailer events.

At our local ponds the fishing trailer will be making 40 appearances this spring. The fishing trailer provides beginning anglers the information and the equipment needed to learn to fish. It’s free, just show up. Registered participants at trailer events do not need a fishing license.

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