Idaho's Southwest Region Fishing Report April 11, 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.

From the field . . .

Crane Falls report from subscriber Matthew: Started fishing at 7:45 a.m. today, April 11,; caught two 11" bass on a green headed leech fly pattern. No other bites until we caught one 12" trout on a silver/white/red spinner. No other fish caught.

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Reports this week are not turning up any fishing conditions we would call "red hot".
Our recommendations:

  •     CJ Strike – Fishing for bass, perch and trout is improving. Last report small jigs tipped with a worm was working well.
  •     Local ponds in the Southwest Region – Most of our ponds are stocked monthly.

Arrowrock and Lucky Peak – Currently the water is all stirred up and fishing is poor. Conditions change quickly this time of year – nice sized kokanee are expected this year.

The Boise River – In town is flowing at 6,600 cubic feet per second as of today. Not fishable.
Horsethief and Cascade Reservoirs – Caution! Reservoirs are still frozen, but with increasingly unsafe ice. Fishing for trout has been very good with worms, marshmallows or salmon eggs. 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. We 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.

Upcoming "Take Me Fishing" Trailer Event Dates

  •     Wednesday, April 4, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Parkcenter Pond, Boise
  •     Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. McDevitt Pond, Boise
  •     Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wilson Ponds, Nampa
  •     Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna
  •     Wednesday, April 11, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Merrill Pond, Eagle
  •     Thursday, April 12, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wilson Ponds, Nampa
  •     Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parkcenter Pond, Boise

To learn more about the trailer, visit the trailer schedule page.

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