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Friday, December 23, 2011

ID Upper Snake Region Fishing Report Dec. 20,2011

ID Fish and Game Dept.

Updated: December 20, 2011
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.

Local rivers are starting to ice up in the Stillwater portions. Open water can still be found below area dams in the tail-waters, and in faster moving sections. Fish can be caught in these areas, particularly below dams such as Palisades, Gem State and Island Park. Try orange scuds or zebra midges.

Ice fishing has started, and anglers have been very successful on Henrys Lake using small jigs tipped with worms or maggots.

Roberts Gravel Pond has frozen, and some anglers are targeting the small perch found there.

Anglers are reminded to be cautious when ice fishing. Ice conditions can change daily, particularly early in the season, and can pose hazardous conditions if you are not careful.

Still some great midge action above the town of Mackay. Further down the river, size 12-14 hares ear or prince nymphs in deep holes are catching bigger fish. Drifting a worm below a floater is also effective. Some brave souls are having success ice fishing on Mackay Reservoir, several fish seen flopping on the ice.

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