Probably worth mentioning under this fishing report that we at Anglers hope everyone stays safe and healthy…it sounds like heavy doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin D are good precautionary measures…… so grab a bag of oranges and hit the river or reservoir/lake……social distancing at its best.

We’ll get through this...it will be hard...but we can do hard.

Hopefully warmer temps, practical social distancing, common sense, and staying calm will get us through this pandemic quickly and safely……thanks for all those in the health care system, our military, police officers, firemen (our own Ryan Spillers) and all those putting themselves in harms way to help others. 

Report's Updated: 5/26

Owyhee

PMD’s have started hatching on the lower river, it’s a great start that will hopefully continue through the summer.  Still lots of caddis in the evening, as the temps continue to rise fishing should only get better at night……stay late.  

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Silver Creek

Solid opener,  PMD’S and Caddis in the evening……should be an exceptional year on the Creek.          

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Big Wood

Fished great over opener…….not many anglers on the water.  Flows moderate for this time of year, and will most likely remain at a fishable level.  Nymphing/streamers producing the best results.  Expect a few baetis and caddis hatching, might be able to entice a fish to the surface. 

It’s going to be a great year on the Big Wood……most likely it will be in great shape to fish the green drake hatch in June.

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Steelhead

Few folks talking about hitting the main Salmon downstream of Stanley……should be a good place to get away from folks and get fresh air.   

Middle Fork of the Boise

Flows are fluctuating as run-off continues…..well worth the effort to fish when flows drops and the water clears.  Stonefly nymphs, stimulators and chubby’s.

This is a great river to float between the mouth of the North Fork and Slide Gulch bridge…..rafts/pontoon boats recommended……tough to launch/take out.  

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Stillwater

Duck Valley Reservation: Closed until further notice 

HorseThief: Great place to fish right now….stocked and ready, although fair number of carry-overs being caught.  Leeches and buggers are a safe bet to fish with a sinking line……when the Chironomids start hatching switch to floater and indicator……great technique.

Crane Falls: Bass and bluegill fishing has been great.  

Halverson: A great place to fish right now for bass and bluegill.  Hike a float tube in……only takes 15-20 minutes.     

 

CJ Strike: Bass fishing is improving…….with warmer temps coming in next week it should be excellent. 

 

Malheur Reservoir: Well worth the drive, fishing very good right now.  Chironomids and leeches, don’t hesitate to fish a floating line and indicators.

High Mountain Lakes

Going to need an ice auger now. Here' to next year.

Off the Beaten Path

Big Lost River below Mackay Reservoir:

Flows have increased, unless you have private land might be worth looking elsewhere.

  

South Fork Boise

Wonderful opener for the South Fork……fishing was great over the weekend with reports coming in from both floaters and waders.  Large attractor patterns, Cicada’s and even Chernobyl Ant worked fair on the surface……drop a Frenchie, or hot spot hare’s ear……great combo……nymphing with stoneflies and a dropper is another great technique.  

Not sure when flows will change……unusual to see it at 1200cfs for an extended period of time.   

                  

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Boise River

Flows are still low….very interesting, usually higher by now.  Nymphing is still the best option, Frenchies, Hot Spot Hare’s ears, and copper johns.  Few fish rising by the 21 bridge.

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Bass

Crane Falls/Bruneau Sand Dunes/Cove Arm:

Great time to fish any or all these…..bass and bluegill!