Friday, December 14, 2012
Updated: December 14, 2012 This report highlights a few of the best places to fish, what anglers are using and what they are catching. The information is compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle shops and anglers.
Folks are calling asking about ice conditions. Winter is dragging its feet getting here and there are no ice fishing opportunities available at this point in time. This could change quickly if the cold sets in. As always, be smart and safe while ice fishing.
Since the real winter hasn’t hit throughout most of the region, don’t overlook the stream fishing opportunities still available.
Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir: No ice. However, folks seem to be catching trout regularly. Bass and walleye bite has slowed, but some anglers are report catching walleye in deeper water. Perch fishing was good throughout the summer, but we have no recent reports.
Roseworth Reservoir: No ice. There are older reports (more than 2 weeks old) of anglers doing OK from the shore catching some 16+ inch rainbow and a few brook trout. Water levels are decent, but very few people have been fishing it.
Big Wood River: Fishing on the Big Wood River has entered its normal winter pattern. Skim ice is starting to form in some areas but presently access remains good downstream from the Lake Creek area. The peak fishing period is between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the warmest portion of the day. Midge patterns will take fish as will sub-surface nymphing. Other hatches are sporadic but at times a brief window on a warm afternoon will yield terrific fishing as a small hatch comes off. Also fishermen are still targeting brown trout in the lower Big Wood near Hwy 20 and Stanton Crossing. The upper drainage side tributaries are starting to ice over with the decreased temperatures and sunlight.
Magic Reservoir: No ice. The reservoir has been significantly drawn down over the past 2 weeks to complete dam repairs but the dam is now closed down and Magic is slowly refilling. The northern shore of the reservoir is near Biscuit Island between West Magic and East Magic. You can access the fishable water from either East side or West side boat ramps on the main lake or at the dam.
Little Wood River: No ice or at least not enough to be safe. No fishing reports.
Lake Walcott: No ice. No reports
Littlewood Reservoir: No ice. No recent reports
Carey Lake: This ice forming but not enough to safely fish
Fish Creek Reservoir: Partially iced over, but still not enough for safe ice fishing.
- View the December Fish Stocking Schedule - [PDF, 12 KB]
- Historical Fish Stocking - See what's been stocked in the past.
- Magic Valley Region Page - See the Fisheries Reports and Newsletters.
- Check out our Family Fishing Waters section with family-oriented fishing opportunities and simplified rules.
- Anglers must have a current fishing license and are reminded to check the fishing seasons and rules for any restrictions and limits.
- Find a stream or plan a fishing trip using our Fishing Planner.