CJ Strike Lake and Reports (2022)



  • Anderson Ranch Lake
  • Brownlee Lake
  • Coeur D'alene Lake
  • Dworshak Lake
  • Lowell Lake
  • Mud Lake
  • Pend Oreille Lake
  • Swan Falls Reservoir
  • Arrowrock Lake
  • Ben Ross Lake
  • Black Lake
  • Black Canyon Lake
  • Bliss Lake
  • Boise River
  • Cave Lake
  • Chatcolet Lake
  • CJ Strike Lake
  • Clearwater Lake
  • Cocolalla Lake
  • Crane Creek Lake
  • Fernan Lake
  • Hayden Lake
  • Hayser Lake
  • Hells Canyon Lake
  • Killarney Lake
  • Little Camas Lake
  • Lower Salmon Falls Lake
  • Medicine Lake
  • Oxbow Lake
  • Paddock Valley Lake
  • Rose Lake
  • Round Lake
  • Snake River
  • Upper Salmon Falls Lake

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

  • By Chris

    Water Temp: 38.9

    Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

    Report: Slow, fish are very deep. Look for schools of bait fish Bass wont be far away.
    City: Boise

    Tips: Drop shot!

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

  • By Darrell

    Water Temp: 50 -53

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: took the kids out hoping to have another great day of fishing but it was to windy for us my anchor would hold tried to find a place out of the the wind the only place we found out of the wind was home on the water for about a hour didnt really get a chance to fish
    City: boise

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

  • By Darrell

    Water Temp: 50

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    (Video) CJ STRIKE Reservoir~March, 2020~ Crappies and Rainbows!

    Report: got on the water around 7:30 fishing for crappie it was slow for us the first hour saw people catching fishing straight down jigging not my thing when the sun came out it was on 100 plus fish all around 6 to 7 inches kept about half all caught in the narrows friend used red and white jig i used a smoke colored tried green didnt work as good
    City: boise

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

  • By Darrell

    Water Temp: 46

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: lots of crappie in the narrows also alot of boats all around hand size they were suspendding anywhere from 5 to 13 deep
    City: boise

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

  • By Shane

    Water Temp: 76 to 82

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: It got hot fast. To much for these old men. See ya in Sep.
    City: Boise

    Tips: Look deep, bring shade & drinks or wait till it cools off.

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 75

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    (Video) CJ Strike Crappie, Perch, and Sturgeon: Is this Southern Idaho's Best Fishery?

    Report: Not a bad day but not the best. Several nice small mouths, 1 nice blue gill, 2 cats, 2 big northern pike minnos, cappis & pearch. No stugen this trip.

    Tips: The same as before.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 74

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Good Day lots of bass, a 2.7lb Large mouth was the best. Perch & Cappies for dinner.

    Tips: Crank baits & in line spinners in the rocks, spinnerbaits in the weeds.

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 63

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Not the best this time out. went to the narrows & were getting lots of hits from small Crappies, got 1 Pearch & some 11" & smaller Bass. Got done at midnite. Started again at 7 am on the 10. We went up the Snake river side this time got a 13" bass & some small fish, got rained out by 11. Maybe next time will be better.
    City: Boise

Monday, May 14th, 2007

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 64 to 70

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Dad & I had a good day. Went up the Snake river arm. Got 3 stergon to the boat in the a.m. too tired to catch more so we switched to bass. We got 20 +, 4 smallmouths over 12", males on or making beds. 1 "Big for me" largemouth. 1 crappie.
    City: Boise Id.

    Tips: Used the same as normal, small jig head with a grub. crankbait & spinnerbait.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 58 to 61

    (Video) CJ Strike Fishing Tournament!

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: Took the wife & my Dad out tried for Sturgen in the a.m. 1 bite 0 to the boat. Switched to Bass, it was not red hot but we had 15 to the boat & Dad got the biggest Blue gill of his life. Left by 3p.m.
    City: Boise

    Tips: Spinner bait worked best to start but a gig head with white/blue flake grub was the winner.

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

  • By James

    Water Temp: 38 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Went out and to my suprise, i had to park in over flow parking after i got the boat off the trailer. several bass boats were there and this is mid Janurary. i have my first tournament there this spring so i thought i would get some prefishing in. got to the ramp and loaded off and took off to the first spot. find a nice school that just covered my graph in about 60 ft of water. threw a drop shot over and let it sink. i put the rod on the floor of my boat as it was sinking to light a cigg..and when i picked it up, had a 3 lbs smallie on. fished for about 20 mins and got one just over 2 lbs. those were the only to bass for the day with 2 nice perch. the narrows are frozen completely from the balls back in the bruenu arm...cant acess that part of the lake at all. all you got is the main lake and the river which i ran about 5 mile past cove arm (about a 20 mile run from air force ramp) and it had no signs of ice. cove arm was in fact covered with ice...good luck fishing...
    City: Nampa, Idaho

    Tips: slow...slow..slow!!! find you a nice drop off and fish it slow. if your lure isnt in the same spot for at least 10 mins, you are doing some wrong. find some drop offs in about 40-60 and sit on it for a couple hrs, its going to pay off. use drop shot, its easier to fish in the winter!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 61

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: NICE day. Slight wind, We fished the narrows got 5 smally over 12" around 1.5lb & 1 perch that size. Lots of smaller fish.
    City: Boise

    Tips: Amber tubes in 20' of water, drifting in the wind. Nateral Ike crankbaits.

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 79 to 82

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: We had a good day, lots or small bass & 4 good ones. Jigs with grubs, tubes & crankbaits it all worked. We just fished the narrows & only the north side of that. Hope to be out there soon.
    City: Boise

Monday, June 12th, 2006

  • By Shane Sterling

    Water Temp: 70

    Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

    Report: The fish seamed to be bunched up you catch 4 or 5 then none for 300 yards. We hade a O.K. day med. to small fish, but any is better than none. A nice day out with Dad.
    City: Boise

    Tips: 1/8 oz jig head with green or amber grub, small crank baits, Mepps spinners worked best on this day.

    (Video) CJ Strike Fishing Report 6/4/22: Hot tips for perch and crappie

Friday, March 11th, 2005

  • By Ryan McGill

    Water Temp: Mid 40's

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: This sick day from work took place below C.J. Strike from Grandview down river but there is no report category for the Snake River. We were on the water around 11:30 and fished until 5:30. The carp are in the shallows enjoying the sun (bring your snaggin' hooks) but the smallmouth were not too responsive. The water is still a bit cold. The one smallmouth we picked up was 15". The river already has the infamous moss floating and polluting the water.

    We used a variety of gear. Started with 1/6 bushwhacker spinnerbaits (white/chartruese) that produced quite well in the fall (no success) pulled crawdad crankbaits (no success) Soft jerkbaits (no success) 4" tubes (the only fish of the day)

    We had our second rods out looking for any bait eaters and still no success. The moss gums up attempts at keeping bait clean.

    Be aware of water fluctuation. It dropped over a foot from the time we showed up to the time we left.

    We used a 14' Gregor to fish from the boat ramp at Grandview to about 5 miles down river. Watch out for shallows. Float it first then power up slowly the first few visits... unless you're wealthy...
    City: Boise

    Tips: Fish dark tubes for Snake River Smallies. Tubes with any kind of built in stink work the best. I have had great luck with Mister Twister Fat Tubes. I use an 1/8 oz jig head with 8lb. Yo-Zuri Hybrid line.
    Push the boat on the bank near some rocks with some current.(preferably down from where you want to fish) Cast up river a bit and let the lure hit bottom. Lift and drag the tube with the help of the current. Keep your slack reeled in. The "grinding on the rocks" feeling and the "grinding bite" of a smallmouth can be hard to tell apart at first. If it feels like a bite, it probably was...set that hook!!!
    Tubes don't get hung up too bad because of the plastic covering the leadheads. 4" grubs work well for smallies but seem to wedge in the rocks quite readily.
    Tubes work from early season until you get chased off by duck hunters in October.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

  • By Mark

    Water Temp: 47 degrees

    Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

    Report: Smallmouth are still deep. I pulled a 17" lunker female smallmouth from 45 feet--she was full of eggs--I got her back in the water ASAP. I'd hooked two other large ones and lost them on the way to the surface. Try trolling in Cove (stay in the deep channel) and troll out the inlet of Cove toward the narrows. Stay at the edge of the dropoff and troll in the 30 to 40 foot depth range.
    City: Mountain Home

    Tips: I used a Pumpkinseed 3" Power Grub--can't buy them here, you have to get them on-line. Lots of hits to keep you busy all day. Probably some Perch (I caught Perch inside Cove) accounted for some of the hits, but not in the deep areas. Cove tends to shield you from some of the wind too.

Monday, March 24th, 2003


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