The American Falls West Side Boat Ramp is closed to boater and angler traffic while repaving of the parking lot and approach ramp takes place. It will reopen Memorial Day weekend. During fall this year the old boat ramp will be removed and replaced.
Increased turbidity in American Falls outflow has decreased fishing success in the river below.
Best fishing here is from smallmouth bass just below American Falls Dam. Expect company! For the rest of the river, best fishing happens after irrigation season peak passes.
Flows throughout the river are lower than average, and most of the river banks are free of ice and snow. Boat ramps are open, but walk-in wade fishing is just as convenient. Triploid rainbows in moderate sizes are responding well. There are many places available for walk-in wade fishing. Get in touch with us, or stop by so we can help choose a location for such. Currently, the best chance for action is through presenting streamer patterns under low light conditions.
Flows throughout the river are somewhat below normal for the time of year, and access for walk-in and wade fishing is plentiful. Float fishing is also practical as long as boat launch facilities are maintained for winter conditions. Presenting streamer patterns this time of year is the way to encounter large brown and rainbow trout as well as a few cutthroat.
Flows are a bit below normal in most locations. Browns are moving, but fishing success seems to have slowed a bit, in part because of our sub-normal temperatures. Pitching streamers under low light conditions remains the “name of the game.” With warmer air temperatures action would pick up.
Flow throughout the river above American Falls Reservoir is a bit below normal, and brown trout are migrating. Candidate locations to try abound, and presenting big streamer patterns under low-light conditions is the best way to encounter these fish. Visit us at the shop, and we can point out some of the likely best locations for doing so. Flow out of American Falls Dam is a bit over 400 cfs meaning fish really will be concentrated around deeper water. Streamer patterns will be the best way to encounter these fish. Expect plenty of company doing the same.
Flow out of American Falls Dam is about 400 cfs. This low flow will concentrate fish and make streamer fishing exciting. It will also bring crowds of anglers to the river below the dam, so arrive early to enjoy that kind of fishing! Above the dam to the Henry’s Fork confluence flow is about normal and water is being turned off in most canals and therefore remaining in the river. Brown trout are moving, also making for good streamer fishing but with less crowding than below American Falls Dam. If you enjoy top water fishing, BWOs are emerging in some locations. Stop by; we can recommend some worth trying.
With flow in the river dropping, it is time to get out trying for migrating brown trout. Get those streamers in order, and rig up sink tip lines. There are a number of locations for walk-in wade fishing and float fishing. Come into the shop to get some ideas on where to give either a try.
BuRec is raising flows out of American Falls Dam. Right now flow at the downstream Neely gage is about 1200 cfs, making river there a bit more than a foot higher. Proposed increases upcoming include up to 1800 cfs on Monday (3/24) and up to 3600 cfs on Wed (3/26). The river above American Falls Reservoir is lower than normal making for good wading access. Presenting streamers during low light conditions is a good way to encounter large trout here.