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Old 09-29-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Anybody heard of fish being caught in any of the irrigation canals that run through the city? I was in Boise last week and saw several that looked deep enough and were lined with weeds. Looked good for trout. I was just wondering, but could see access as being a problem.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Generally canals contain non-potable water laden with fertilizers so fish would not find them too friendly even if they originated from a natural source--and I believe most are from big taps upstream. You may fish in the Boise River though and it runs right though town.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:25 PM
 
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I think the canal entrances normally have grates, mostly to keep out debris but they would likely also keep out most fish. I've never seen any fish in any of the canals myself.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 PM
 
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I have a canal running through property I own. It's not a huge canal but is bigger than a ditch--about 5 feet wide and 2-3 feet deep depending on the time of year. We've never seen a fish.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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One thing to keep in mind is that much of the access to the canals is posted "No Trespassing" so make sure you are not breaking the law that way.

However, all of the canals are fed from the Boise river. I have a canal near my home that I try to monitor the water level closely once the irrigation district has stopped the flow from the river. Years ago I only found trash fish in the pools as they were drying up. A few years ago, I started to find trout of varius sizes (some were quite large) and white fish. Once the water level gets low enough to wade an locate the fish, it does not take long for it to be shallow enough for the racoons to get the reamaining fish.

The New York canal has a large pool that keeps water for a long time just be low Yanke Machine shop. I have seen lots of people fishing it in the fall.
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