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 4/9

Owyhee

Beginning Friday April 10th at midnight, ODFW has closed fishing to Nonresidents.  Looks like those browns will be getting a break for the foreseeable future. Learn more here.

Flows are rolling at 170cfs +/- a few.  Not expecting any changes to flows until the middle of the month, pending on rapid increases of flows coming into the reservoirs.  Currently the reservoir is 82% full, and the flows at Rome are 700cfs.  The Skwala hatch was much better than expected, and are still producing a few fish.  Midges and Baetis should have the fish rising in the afternoon into evening.

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Silver Creek

Closed until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.            

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Big Wood

Closed until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.

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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

Flirting with run-off…..flows will start rising and falling for the next couple of months…..pending on mother nature.  Fish it when flows drop…..will improve water clarity.  Stonefly Nymphs, and Copper Johns……make sure to have larger dry fly attractors and large caddis patterns.   

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Stillwater

Duck Valley Reservation:               Sounds like it has been closed down for a while…… Covid 19, you are not our friend! 

Crane Falls:

Good time to start thinking stillwater, and Crane Falls is a great place to start.  The reservoir was heavily stocked with rainbows last year…..should have  a lot of carryover’s this year. 

Halverson:

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

 

Malheur Reservoir:

It carried over this year, and the fish are in great shape.  Use that Oregon fishing license for something other than the Owyhee River. 

Fish the upper end with chironomids and leach patterns.

 

Mormon Reservoir:

No information as of yet, but hopefully we have a strong carry over from last year.  Also hoping that it wasn’t fished out again.

High Mountain Lakes

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

Off the Beaten Path

Big Lost River below Mackay Reservoir:

Fishing great, flows are still fishable….not sure when flows will increase, but most likely not until April.  BWO’s are starting, midges have been consistently hatching through the winter.  Nymphing is best as usual, should see a few fish rising in the afternoon.

Malad/1000 Springs:

               Lots of places to fish in the Hagerman area.  Fish are rising on the Malad, and 1000 Springs.  Hagerman is usually several degrees warmer than Boise, a great place to build up on vitamin D.  

South Fork Boise

Sad to see the season close, it offered many of us a great place to social distance ourselves.  Will open Saturday of Memorial weekend.  Hope and Pray by then this virus will be well in the past.  Stay safe and healthy!   

                  

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Boise River

Continues to fish well, definitely pockets of larger fish off the beaten paths…..not a bad idea to socially distance yourself by moving away from the more common fishing areas.  Nymphing is still the best option although those fishing early a.m. with streamers are finding a few spectacular sized trout.  Reports of fish rising in the late afternoon/evening are steady…..primarily midges, but a few BWO’s and micro caddis are on the water.

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Bass

Great time to catch big Smallmouth on warmer days if you know where to look but hurry the window is closing.