Duck ValleySituated on the border of Idaho and Nevada, Duck Valley Indian Reservation is home to three desert reservoirs that provide some of Southern Idaho's most reliable spring and early summer fishing. Mountain View, Lake Billy Shaw, and Sheep Creek reservoirs are home to fast growing rainbow trout and consistently good fishing. The reservoirs are about 2 1/2 hours south of Boise and can be reached by taking I-84 east to Mountain Home, then heading south on State Route 51 to Duck Valley. A tribal fishing permit is required to fish these waters. The daily fishing charge, for all fisheries, is $15.00/day. A modestly priced camping permit is also available at $6.00 per night. These permits are available at Idaho Angler.
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Mountain View ReservoirThis 655 acre reservoir is the most popular of the three and the only one in Idaho. The reservoir's many coves offer protection from the desert winds that often buffet this area and provide great fishing against shoreline cattails and underwater weed beds. A very good early season fishery, the water tends to be clearer in this reservoir when the others are muddy due to spring run-off.
Lake Billy ShawOpened in 2001, this reservoir is managed for trophy rainbow trout. Fished both from a boat and by wading, it provides good fishing for rainbows averaging 18 inches and some exceeding 5 pounds. This fishery is expected to improve as time goes by.
Sheep Creek ReservoirThe largest reservoir in Duck Valley, the usually turbid water conceals a rich aquatic soup of insects and bait fish. Large bays and smaller coves of extensive weed beds, with open channels winding through them, provide perfect cruising lanes for trout and places for the angler to intercept them. At nearly 800 acres, when full, this reservoir is best fished from a float tube or a boat that can be taken in shallow water.