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Rivers Open Saturday,
Here's Where to Go

by Roger Phillips
Idaho Statesman, May 24, 2012

OK team, it's time to huddle up. You, take a tub of worms and hit local ponds. You, grab your fly rod and some dries and hit Silver Creek. You, take your float tube to Magic Reservoir and strip streamers. You, tie on a spinner and go to Grimes Creek.

Wait, how many people are on this team? A lot, which means we need plenty of places to go.

Good thing it's spring, and there are plenty of them out there.

First, let's focus on rivers since the general stream opener is on Saturday.

Most rivers are running high and tough to fish, but not all.

Fish and Game officials reported several streams are low enough that they feel comfortable stocking trout there.

Streams along Idaho 21 will be stocked, including Crooked River, Mores Creek and Grimes Creek.

The Middle Fork of the Boise River and Silver Creek (near Crouch) will also be stocked. The other Silver Creek (near Picabo) will also open for fishing, but will not be stocked. It's not as affected by snowmelt, so it should be in pretty good shape for fly anglers.

If you're more interested in stillwater, Lost Valley Reservoir, Warm Lake, Horsethief Reservoir, Sagehen Reservoir and Little Payette Lake will all be stocked with trout this week.

If you're staying in the Treasure Valley, most ponds have been stocked with trout, along with ponds in Weiser and Payette.

Finally, the chinook run is going full bore and thousands of fish are pouring over Lower Granite Dam daily. That means they're arriving on the Clearwater and Salmon rivers, and anglers are catching them.

Roger Phillips
Rivers Open Saturday, Here's Where to Go
Idaho Statesman, May 24, 2012

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