It never fails to amaze me how much opportunity we have for fishing in Southwest and Central Idaho.
You see the cover story about Lake Cascade, and after writing the story I got a report back Gary Larsen of Boise (see What I Caught below) about some great fishing he had there.
I think its going to continue a little while longer, but like most fall fishing, it can be day-to-day, as in red hot one day and stone cold the next.
Thats pretty common in the fall, and it applies to more than trout.
I just got back from my first steelhead fishing trip of the season, and fishing has been excellent around Riggins.
But again, it might be good one day, slow the next, then turn on again. And after fishing there for years, Ive come to the embarrassing conclusion I cant predict which. I know dropping river flows and increasing or stable temperatures tend to be better than the opposite, but it still doesnt guarantee the fish will bite. You just have to put in the hours.
Im also still getting reports of smallmouths being caught in C.J. Strike, which means theyre probably still biting in the Snake. Go deeper and present your baits (or flies) slower, but you can still catch them.
Its kind of cool to have such varied fishing this late in the season. Get out and enjoy it, and do yourself a favor and try a new place this fall.
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