If you’re looking for warm sunny weather to fish in then I hope you’re on the river today! With a predicted high of 62 and sunshine, today is the day. Friday and the weekend look to be cooler, windy and possibly wet and next week looks to be the same. What’s the old joke? “Spring is great in Idaho, this year it was on a Thursday.”
Flows have remained steady out of Palisades this week at 18,000 cfs as the Bureau of Reclamation makes room in the reservoir for the snowmelt in the coming weeks. Palisades Reservoir is currently at 58% Full.
The water is crystal clear coming out of the dam and fish are looking for food that get’s getting “eroded” from the high water as well as eggs that are in the system from spawning rainbows. Fishing with San Juan Worms and eggs is always the go to nymph set up for this time of year. Midge droppers and Stonefly nymphs round out the selection. Focus on slower moving water for both nymphs and streamers.
Idaho Fish & Game will be electrofishing the river in the coming weeks and removing rainbow trout to protect the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Rainbows will be stocked in local ponds. The full press release and schedule are here.
If you’re looking to mix things up a bit the Snake River near Pocatello has had the most consistent fishing this week for both rainbow and small mouth bass. Guided trips are available through our friends at Snake River Fly. Give us a call or email for details.
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