is located about midway between Ketchum and Twin Falls, Idaho. It
was constructed in 1909 for irrigation storage. At full pool the
reservoir has an area of 3,700 acres, is 5 miles long and 1.5 miles
wide and a maximum depth of 120 feet. Boat ramps in the East and
West Magic resort areas are usable through out the summer. Ramps
accessible from Highway 20 are only usable at high water levels.
Camping is allowed at Lava Point and along the shoreline.
Rainbow trout and perch are the
primary fish in Magic. During good water years, large shallow areas
along the southwest side of the reservoir produce huge quantities of
small aquatic insects which are available for both to eat. During
these years, trout and perch grow rapidly and provide anglers with
Rainbow Trout Fishing
The trout fishery in Magic Reservoir depends on spring stocking of
hatchery rainbow trout. Trout remaining in the reservoir for two
years or more easily reach 4 and 5 pounds.
Magic Reservoir has ample opportunities for bank anglers. Access is
easy along the southwest side from Lava Point past West Magic to the
dam. Anglers can also reach the reservoir at East Magic, Hot Springs
and Moonstone areas. Bank anglers do best using nightcrawlers or
eggs on number 8 to 10 hooks. Using a bobber or marshmallows helps
keep the bait up off the bottom and may increase angler success.
Boat anglers do well trolling through
out the reservoir, however areas along the east side and in the
narrows may be best. Trollers use a variety of gear including lures,
spinners and even flies. The use of boats will allow anglers to
access a few isolated areas in the narrows or in the inlet bays that
are difficult for bank anglers to access.
A third method of fishing that is
popular at Magic Reservoir is the use of float tubes. Anglers
fishing from tubes primarily fly fish using either small dry flies
or sinking wet flies. When using dry flies, anglers normally try to
match the hatch which is most often midges. When using wet flies,
leaches and small midge larvae imitations are good.
Brown Trout Fishing
Brown trout are found in low numbers through out the reservoir, but
tend to concentrate more along the rocky eastern shore. Slowly
trolling along the shore with an imitation fishing lure near the
bottom is one of the better methods of catching these fish. Some
anglers also drift along the shore casting lures into the rocky
areas similar to fishing for bass.
Yellow Perch Fishing
Yellow perch fishing in Magic Reservoir depends on the amount of
water staying in the reservoir during the summer. In good water
years when water levels flood the shallow benches on the west side,
perch grow larger and numbers increase. If water levels drop down
into the canyon during the middle of the summer, there is a decline
in both numbers and growth rates. It generally takes two good water
years in a row to produce good numbers of 9 to 11 inch perch. Perch
can be caught with worms or small jigs on a common spinning outfit.
During winter months, ice fishing on Magic Reservoir can be
excellent for both perch and trout. Areas near the dam and lower
canyon are some of the best. Anglers can use up to five rods or tip
ups when fishing through the ice. Remember to test the ice before
fishing especially at the start and towards the end of ice cover.