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Date 04-Nov-14
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Conditions : Boise River: Enough steelhead are arriving at the Hells Canyon trap to allow us to move some of those fish to the Boise River. We will release approximately 300 steelhead this Thursday, November 6 at the traditional locations between Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park. We hope to release more before the end of the year. A steelhead permit is required to fish for and keep steelhead (rainbow trout longer than 20 inches with a clipped adipose fin). Limits are 3 per day and 9 in possession when steelhead are present in the Boise River. Barbless hooks are not required on the Boise River.

South Fork - Trout fishing is good this time of year and should remain that way for another month. Fly anglers have been catching them on Mohogany duns, BWO's, and parachute adams.

In town anglers have been drifting worms and salmon eggs & doing well. Toss spinners of all colors and sizes. Fly anglers should try prince nymphs and midges

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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