Bass Fishing Crowthers Reservoir

bass fishing crowthers resesrvoir

I went bass fishing Crowthers reservoir for an hour, and caught a dozen bass. Crowthers is just a small pond in Malad, Idaho. I discovered it by picking up a fishing guide in a local Wal-mart. On the pamphlet Crowthers Reservoir had listed “bass” as a potential catch. I tried the place, and was stoked I did. It’s totally off the beaten path. Here is the full report on what I used and where I fished. Plus, some video clips of the trip bass fishing Crowthers Reservoir.

Bass Fishing Crowthers Reservoir

Crowthers Reservoir is a tiny place on the outskirts of the small town of Malad, Idaho. It was listed as a community fishing hole in Idaho, so I stopped to give it a try on my way home from work. In only a few hours I hooked up at least a dozen bass. Nothing was giant, but the action was fast and fun! Here are the conditions I had on this trip, a map of where I fished on the lake from the shore, and the list of baits I used. Plus, I’ve included a run down of how the trip played out, and some video footage of what went down while bass fishing Crowthers Reservoir.

Fishing Conditions

I fished Crowthers Reservoir from about 1:30pm – 2:30pm on Thursday, September 17th.


Cloudy, with a little rain and Cool. Air Temperature was 63 degrees.

Water Temperature

70 Degrees.


5 – 10 mph. Things were a little breezy, but not terrible.

Water Clarity

Stained. Visibility 3-4 feet deep.


5 – 10 mph. Just a constant breeze that would let up occasionally.

Baits for Fishing Crowthers Reservoir

I used 3 different things for my fishing excursion on Crowthers Reservoir. Only two of them produced bass. Here are the baits and how I rigged them up to catch fish.


I used an Ayu color spinnerbait with a gold colorado blade, and a silver willow leaf blade. The key was to keep it up out of the grass, and to pump your rod occasionally to give it a little more action. Plus, I added a red trailer hook to increase my hook ups and add a little color to the bait.

Yamamoto Senko

A 4″ Amber Laminate with green pumpkin senko, worked well as a follow up bait to the spinnerbait. The key was to use it on a 1/0 offset worm hook, and texas rig it weightless to help from getting too much grass and junk on your line. The lake was full of grass. I would cast the senko out, and let it float down to the top of the grass. Then I would hop it up out of the grass, and let it fall back down again. Every bite came when the bait was falling.

Crowthers Reservoir Fishing Spots

Here is a map of the section of the Lake I fished on Crowthers Reservoir and caught several bass.

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Crowthers Reservoir Fishing Report

Bass fishing Crowthers Reservoir in Idaho was a blast. It is more of a pond than anything, but still I “kraked” a dozen bass in only an hour of fishing. The biggest was about 2 pounds the rest were just small healthy fish. Here is the report of what happened to produce such a good day.

First off, the conditions where perfect with cloud cover and a little rain. I feel like the conditions played into having the bass ready to chomp. I pulled out a spinnerbait because of the cloud cover and the ripple from the wind on the water. I was actually just wrapping up a phone call when I got ripped on the spinnerbait. It’s always exciting to pull your first bass out of a new spot. The lake was thick with vegetation, so it was a challenge not getting your bait gummed up. Here’s one of the spinnerbait bass I caught.

fishing crowthers reservoir

I stayed in one area, and caught 6 or so with several more bites on the spinnerbait. After pounding the area with the spinnerbait, I tried a frog up shallow in the thick vegetation where some running water comes into the lake. The frog had one swipe, but nothing came up to eat it. My time was running out, so I pulled out one last trick to see if I could catch a couple more.

I busted out a texas rigged weightless senko, and on my first cast my line started swimming off as soon as it hit the water. I pulled back and caught another bass. The senko worked well. I caught a few more on it, before I had to bail. Here is a selfie picture of one of the better bass I caught on the Senko.

largemouth  bass crowthers reservoir

Here is a brief video clip of some of the action I experienced fishing Crowthers Reservoir. It’s a little choppy, but hopefully you can get a feel for how I caught them out of this lake. Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel, so you don’t miss out on these clips.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Please share with your friends who are looking for some places to go bass fishing. Crowthers Reservoir is a fun little stop out of Malad, Idaho. You should give it a try! Leave a comment below about your thoughts on the post, and if you have any questions about this place.

As Always,

Stay Stoked!!


Gear Used

The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I used to “Krak” some bass on this trip. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I have personally trust and know work. I put these links to make them helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass! Thank you for your support.

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