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Boise River Sponsored by
Date 17-Jul-14
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Conditions : Boise River: Idaho Fish and Game will be releasing more Chinook salmon into the Boise River. The release will take place sometime between noon and 4 p.m. on Friday July 18. Chinook salmon will be released at Glenwood Bridge, Park Center Bridge and Barber Park. This is the second release of Chinook salmon into the Boise River this summer. The first release of approximately 150 Chinook was comprised of approximately 50 adult Chinook (24 inches or longer) and approximately 100 jacks (less than 24 inches in length). The ratio of jacks to adults in the second release will not be known until the fish are removed from the weir at the Rapid River Hatchery. The total number of salmon to be released will depend on how many are trapped at the weir by Friday morning.

The flows on the Boise have come way up. Fishing can still be good if you look for slower water where the fish can get out of the current. Large nymphs and streamers will work and Caddis dries work in the evening. Rapalas and spinners are a good choice for lures. Bait fisherman drifting worms or mealworms do great. They will be stocking some Salmon in the river so you can have a chance at some big fish without leaving town.

The flows have come up on the South Fork but fishing has picked up again. Caddis is the main hatch but there are a lot of bugs starting to come off. Golden Stones should start anytime. Gunslingers, Prince nymphs, Brown Stonefly nymphs, Stimulators and Elk hairs are a good place to start. A few Terrestrials like Cicadas, hoppers or ants would be a good idea to try when there are no hatches. Wading is difficult with the higher water so be sure to use caution.

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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