Idaho's Southwest Region Fishing Report May 1, 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.

Dear Readers: to make this report the best, please share your reports. We would love to hear from you! If you have a question to be answered let us give it a try. Send reports to the Aquatic Education Coordinator.
Our recommendations:

    Lake Lowell Reservoir: Bass fishing has been very good. Fish are in very shallow water and biting on surface baits.
    Brownlee Reservoir: Last weekend anglers were very successful catching crappie and catfish. The only boat ramp available is at Woodhead Park.
    C.J. Strike Reservoir: The trout fishing is good. Perch, crappie and bass fishing is marginal.
    Duck Valley: Trout fishing is very good.
    Owyhee River: Anglers have experienced success with midges and BWO’s and some Caddis flies.

Arrowrock and Lucky Peak – Water is still rising and fishing has improved, but success is marginal.

The Boise River – The River is dangerously high at 7,700cfs as of today. Avoid the river.

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 Fishing Trailer Event Dates

    Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna
    Thursday, May 3, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Merrill Pond, Eagle
    Wednesday, May 9, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Settler's Pond, Meridian
    Thursday, May 10, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wilson Ponds, Nampa
    Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Weiser Community Pond, Weiser
    Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sego Prairie Pond, Kuna
    Wednesday, May 16, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. McDevitt Pond, Boise
    Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Merrill Pond, Eagle
    Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Settler's Pond, Meridian
    Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. McDevitt Pond, Boise
    Wednesday, May 23, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Rotary Pond, Caldwell
    Thursday, May 24, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wilson Ponds, Nampa
    Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Parkcenter Pond, Boise
    Thursday, May 31, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wilson Ponds, Nampa
    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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