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Boise River Sponsored by
Date 20-Nov-15
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Conditions : Boise River: Bait fisherman should try bumping nightcrawlers or salmon eggs along the bottom. Smaller brighter colored spinners will catch fish trout and whitefish. Floating rapalas burned across the surface are a good way to catch a good Brown Trout early morning or late in the day.

Fly anglers should try BWO's, Woolly Buggers, Caddis, Prince Nymphs, Copper Johns, Hares Ears,Black Zebra Midges, Beadhead Pheasant Tails, Mosquitos, Hoppers and Ants. Dry flies are a little tougher to fish during the heat of the day as the trout like to stick to the bottom for the colder water. Wet flies are your best bet.

Steelhead were recently stocked, however fishing has remained slow. Try drifting Roe,Shrimp and Yarn. Running a Big Blue Fox spinner along the bottom is another great way to get them on your line. Also try Bouncing a Nightcrawler along the bottom. ***If you plan to target Steelhead, you must have in possession a Steelhead Permit.***

Reported by: Sportsman's Warehouse Boise

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About: -
The Boise River, located just a few minutes from downtown Boise, however most anglers elect to fish the South Fork located below Anderson Dam near Mountain Home. The most popular float is from the launch below the dam to the take-out at Indian Point. This features several types of water, and floating conditions are moderate. It's possible to extend the float from the dam down to the Cow Creek Bridge, but the section between Indian Point and the bridge features some technical water and more difficult floating conditions.

South Fork Boise (below Anderson Ranch Dam) - Great fall fishing for trophy wild rainbows and whitefish. Note the trophy trout rule means no bait, and lures and flies must be barbless. Bag limit is two fish over 20-inches through November 30. After that, the winter stream rules apply - catch and release for trout. Good camping opportunities if you want to stretch your trip out over a couple days.

South Fork Getting There: From Boise, take I-84 east, get off at Blacks Creek Road Exit at mile 64. Follow the road to the north over the Danskin Mountains. Continue to the take-out 19 miles from here. The put-in is 21 miles up the dirt road from here.

  • Browns
  • Rainbow
  • Steelhead
  • Largemouth
  • Smallmouth
  • Bluegill
  • Channel Cat
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Crappie

Misc Info: - Open to winter fishing until March 31: Trout -- Catch-and-release, whitefish and brook trout may be harvested, no bait permitted. All Bull Trout Must Be Released Unharmed Immediately.

The general trout bag limit in the Boise River is six. But special rules apply in one river segment. From the East Boise River footbridge upstream to where Loggers Creek is diverted from the Boise River, the trout limit is two, and none may be under 14 inches

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