Sheep Creek Pond Lake (Owyhee County) Fishing Report

Report actually for Mountain View reservoir on the Duck Valley reservation, but that is not listed in the list of lakes on the website. First time down to this lake, fished from my float tube using various leeches and buggers, and had consistent action on very nice fish up to 18-20". The wind kicked up around noon, which put an end to my fishing. Looked to be about a dozen anglers fishing bait off the dam, but I had the rest of the lake to myself. My first outing since moving from Marysville to Hailey, ID in September, and definitely something to do again soon. It's a long drive from here in the Wood River Valley, the lake is only 1.7 miles north of the Nevada border, but worth the trip.


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11/8/2018 8:52 AM

Steve, In all my years of being registered with NWR, I've never seen a review on Mtn View reservoir (or Sheep Creek, or Billy Shaw). Probably the best known secret in all the northwest. I fish the area twice a year and have for the past 22 years. Late October and mid April are the best months with the average fish coming in at 18" and 20 to 24" fish are not uncommon. The Shoshone Paiute nations does a great job managing the fishery and it shows. Last year they planted sterile carp to clear out the moss so Mtn View was fishable in the summer months.

You're on the right track with leeches and buggers. We've found that Halloween leeches (black and orange) along with green sparkle buggers with black tails work about the best. In the late spring, fish just off the reeds with medium sized (#14) chironomids and you won't miss. If you cross the dam and fish the second inlet, there's a great camping site and you can launch your tube just a few steps from camp. The downside to fishing these reservoirs is that it will spoil you fishing in Washington waters. A mtn view rainbow weighs in at just over 2 lbs and every trip I land at least one 22 to 24" that will hit 5lbs. Extremely well fed and chunky fish.

11/8/2018 9:24 AM
Looking forward to that spring fishing, and thanks for the tip. Would love to improve my chironomid technique, and you're right, definitely doesn't compare to our N. Snohomish lakes. I assume all the weeds keeps the bank anglers up at the dam, and having the entire rest of the lake all to myself (on a Saturday no less) was an unexpected bonus. Thinking about heading back down when the kids are on thanksgiving break in another week.
11/8/2018 1:12 PM

Steve, Be really careful with the weather down there. It's 5350' elevation and the fall weather fronts come and go really fast. Snow wouldn't surprise me this next week.
Since you live in Hailey (lucky guy) I know a ton of places up there not ruined by the crowds. I grew up in southern Idaho (Twin Falls and Boise) and kept fishing the area even after we moved to Snohomish. Seems strange, but I've fished the area for 55 years. PM me at some point and I'll share some really good spots. Here are a few: Stream fishing the Silver Creek drainage area has some excellent spots as does the Little Lost River in the valley west of the Lemhi range. Probably a 2 hour drive for you. Beaver ponds holding huge native brookies and even grayling! All of which are wet fly candidates except for the dead of summer when dry fly fishing excels. Beyond Sun Valley up the road toward Trail Creek Summit are the largest beaver ponds I've ever seen. some as large as 3 or 4 acres and deep as well. If you don't have Google Earth, download a copy of the "pro" edition and keep it with you. You can see the ponds I'm talking about. Bushwhacking to get to them, but once you do you'll spend the day. While I release all the fish I catch, I will take a large brookie and have broiled fish over a fire that rivals any fish you'll ever eat.