• Stocking Bluegill Fry

    Caught in the Act of Doing Good

    Steve Gobel and his family have a long history of fishing here in the Magic Valley Region. Steve recalls some great fishing he and his dad had on the Hagerman WMA, and he was pleased when Fish and Game decided to restore the warm water fisheries. Steve anxiously waited for the transplanted bluegill and largemouth bass to take hold and begin rebuilding those fish populations. Fish and Game had some challenges including avian predation and the scarcity of mature bluegill for tranplant. Combined, these two challenges complicated the restoration.

  • Fishing Activities Continue at Esthers/Quinns Ponds

    Elevated E. coli levels at Boise's Esther Simplot Pond and Quinns Pond have resulted in swimming/wading activities at these two popular park locations. A number of anglers have called our office asking if fishing activities are included in this closure.

    Fishing remains open at both ponds. However, in the spirit of the closure, all anglers are asked to remain out of the water while fishing. This mean no wading or use of float tubes, canoes etc.

  • Bluegill Transplant

    A Helping Hand: Anglers Making Fishing Better

    Steve Gobel, a local angler, found one of his local fishing holes void of fish this spring. Steve, and with his father before him, had a long history with this unnamed pond near Dierkes Lake, and he wanted to do something to help restore the opportunity. 

  • One Fish, Two Fish Find a New Home

    The high water levels we continue to experience are providing one great silver lining for anglers; more places to fish.

    Black's Creek, Indian Creek and Paddock Reservoirs are nearly brim full, but have been dry or nearly so for a number of years. While they look inviting to anglers, there's one small problem; none of them contain many - or possibly any - fish.

  • Anglers Invited to Help with Fish Collection at CJ Strike Reservoir

    This Saturday, anglers can participate in their favorite pastime and support a good cause – reestablishing fish populations in local waters.

    The winter’s heavy snowpack has filled many small lakes and reservoirs throughout Southwest Idaho including Blacks Creek Reservoir and Indian Creek Reservoir. Biologists from Idaho Fish and Game will be stationed at CJ Strike Reservoir this Saturday, May 13 from 10:00am to 6:00pm, collecting Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, and Yellow Perch from anglers for transfer to the two reservoirs.

  • Newest Boise Urban Pond Set to Open

    Esthers Pond is located just off Whitewater Park Boulevard, west of downtown Boise and immediately north of Quinns Pond.

  • Sunfish Daze at Carey Lake

    Come and learn how to catch, clean, and cook sunfish at Carey Lake May, 2016 from 10-3 pm

  • Fishing Trailer Schedule for June

    June marks the final month of Fish and Game’s fishing trailer season, with four fishing events – including Free Fishing Day on June 11th – scheduled around the Treasure Valley and beyond.

    A fifth trailer event, scheduled for Williams Pond on June 2, has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

    To learn more about the fishing trailer, contact the Fish and Game Nampa office at 465-8465. A complete statewide fishing trailer schedule is available on the Fish and Game website at


Lepomis macrochirus

IDAPA Classification: Game Fish
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