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Boise River Sponsored by
Date 04-Jan-15
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Conditions : Boise River: Steelhead fishing is good if you can find them. Since the stocking of over 900, they have finally made their minds to disperse and go wherever they feel comfortable. Anglers should try fishing deep holes with less water flow and also the holes behind rapids. There are still plenty of fish to be caught. Try Fishing anywhere between Glenwood Bridge and Barber Park.

Fly anglers have been getting Steelhead by drifting all kinds of steelhead flies and even trout streamers.

Trout fisherman should try bumping nightcrawlers and salmon eggs along the bottom. You may accidentally catch a Steelhead, but without a Steelhead permit the fish may not be taken into possession.

Fly anglers should try Prince Nymphs, small dry flies,Copper Johns Hares Ears, and Beadheads. River flow is at 285 CFS.

A fair number of whitefish are being caught on the flyrod & are still a fun fish to catch & release.

South Fork - Try using Copper Johns, Midges, Prince Nymphs and Hares Ear. Fishing has been fair and most fish are educated. Try throwing the bigger bugs if the smaller ones arn't working.

River Flow is at 290 CFS

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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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