Heat and arid conditions dominated southeast idaho this last summer and fishing conditions were not the best. Early fishing on Stump Creek resulted in quite a few 6-12 inchers and a few bigger browns. Regretfully I spent only a few days on the river but they were days well spent. Hoepfully winter will bring significant moisture to Idaho.
Spring gave us an early treat with temps in the 50’s through the middle of February but then winter returned dropping 2-3 inches of snow in Pocatello with up to 2 feet in the mountains. Although spring would have been nice we are need of some serious snow fall so fishing will be excellent later this year. I am looking forward to spending as many days on the rivers as possible after way to few days spent fishing in 2006.
My dad, my wife, and I spent Friday afternoon catching some cutthroats on a beautiful mountain stream. Overall it was a great day except the biggest fish we caught was 14″. There were a lot of fish in the 8-10″ range and a ton of minnows in the water. We haven’t received any rain this summer so the water was a little below normal so the big fish likely went back to the reservoir. The Hopper/Dropper combo was the best way to go again with most fish taking the dropper.
Summer has come to a quick and resolute end with way too many days worked and way too many waters left unfished. My legal work has consumed most of my days and trying to repair a home has consumed the rest of the weekends. My priorities have all been clustered among the wrong things. I finally did get to go out for about an hour on Friday night on Cottowood Creek – a tributary of the Bear River in Southeast Idaho. I caught three (2 – 12″ and 1 – 10″) Bonneville cutts. Cottonwood Creek used to be gem of a stream but overfishing, questionable water transfers and continued disconnection with the Bear River have created a stream that suffers greatly from dewatering and the loss of the native run of Bear River cutts. A tragedy. It almost seems impossible just to get a fish screen on the diversion. A grew up (and my grandfather and father) fishing this little stream and the lack of fish is disheartening. But at least there were three. Take advantage of the last days of summer – I plan to and hopefully land a few 20+”.
As you can probably tell the Blackfoot River is probably my favorite place to fish. On July 4 we fished in the morning and early afternoon and although it wasn’t the wildest of days we caught a fair number of fish (~30) between my dad and me and probably half were 10″-16″. ALmost all cutts but we did catch one pure rainbow and a few hybrids. I landed a 20″ cutthroat – the Snake River cutts are beautiful – pic forthcoming. The Combo: hopper/dropper – the biggest cutt took the hopper off the surface – what a rush!! Fishing has been good in July. Good luck keeping the waters from haunting your dreams!