Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds – Esther Simplot Park

Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds - Esther Simplot Park

Boise Idaho bass fishing ponds at Esther Simplot Park was a lot of fun on a fall rainy morning. I ran around and fished from several different spots along the bank and fished several different ponds along Esther Simplot Park. Here’s everything I discovered while catching about a half dozen bass in only a few hours of fishing. This post includes a map, the baits and techniques, the conditions, and more to help get you Kraken Bass out of some of these same ponds in Boise Idaho.

Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds – Esther Simplot Park

Esther Simplot Park is a beautiful urban spot right in the middle of Boise Idaho with easy access to several different ponds. Each of the ponds are a little different, but there are bass to be “Kraked” in some of them. I made an exploratory trip for only a couple of hours during my time in Boise for work, and was pleasantly surprised by what I was able to find. I was able to catch about a half dozen bass in a few hours, and a couple of them were pretty beefy. It took me a while to find the best spots and baits. Hopefully, you can take what I learned and get right on them if you are in the Boise Area.

Listed below are the conditions I experienced on my trip, and a map of what I discovered in the areas I fished. Plus, a description of the baits and techniques that produced fish for me. Enjoy the post, and make a trip out here. It’s a fun spot for the kids with plenty of swings, playgrounds, and water beaches to keep them happy while you try and catch a few bass.

Conditions – Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds

Here are what the conditions where like for me on my quick trip fishing the ponds around Esther Simplot Park in Boise. I only had a few hours from 7am – 9:30am before I had to get on the road for work on a Thursday morning on September 21st.


Cloudy, With a Little Rain. Air Temperature in the mid 50’s.

Water Temperature

Around 62 Degrees.


0 – 5 MPH. Pretty calm with an occasional breeze all morning.

Water Clarity

Varied from Pond to Pond, but generally stained visibility only about 5 feet.

Best Baits – Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds

The majority of my time was spent moving around looking, and hoping to find some bass. I found the following two baits and techinques to be very effective. These two baits produced all of the fish for me on this bass fishing pond trip. These baits worked well to help me move around and fish effectively.

Jackall Cover Craw

The 3″ Jackall Cover Craw in Green Pumpkin Pepper was a solid fish catcher for me on this trip. There is a lot of vegetation in some of the ponds, and the cover craw glided perfectly through the grass without gunking up. The key was to let it fall all the way to the bottom, and slowly pull the cover craw along. The cover craw worked best for me on a spinning rod and reel set up, and Texas rigged weightless with a 2/0 owner twist lock hook. The spinning gear really helped get distance for casting this bait. Plus, the bass seemed to enjoy eating the cover craw too!

Pulse Swim Jig

The V&M Watermelon Bluegill 3/8 oz. Swim Jig also caught a few bass. I rigged the jig up with a 3.8 smallmouth magic swing impact fat swimbait as a trailer to help give it some action and more bulk. This bait was perfect for going through the vegetation, and covering a lot of water to find fish. The key was to just let it fall to the bottom, slowly reel the jig, and rip it through the grass when you felt the jig getting bogged down. This swim jig worked well on a good baitcasting rod and reel to get good distance for your casts. The pulse swim jig caught the biggest bass of the day too!

Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds - Esther Simplot Park
The Jackall Cover Craw produced this awesome bass in Boise Idaho bass fishing ponds at Esther Simplot Park

Spots – Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds

Here is where I fished at the different ponds around Esther Simplot Park. All my fishing consisted of walking the banks looking for signs of life. The map below has markers outlining what transpired in all these areas. The red marks are the spots I saw, or caught some bass. The blue marks are areas that produced nothing for me. Click on the marks to get more details about each section. Just subscribe in the form below to get notified of new posts via email, and the map with all the stoke juice will be yours to enjoy!

Insights and Additional Details – Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds

It was a cool dark overcast morning in the fall, but the fishing proved to be really quite good. The bass proved to be stoking in size. I heard these ponds had some bass from one of the local workers at Sportsman’s warehouse. Also, one of the guys I was working with in Idaho said he had seen bass in the area. Oftentimes finding a good area to fish is just a matter of asking around. With those two witness’s, I decided to check it out and combed the banks with my swim jig.

The first area under the bridges looked so good. It had a ton of grass and vegetation. Alas, it produced no bass. I spent way to much time in the area, so I got moving. My method for moving was to burn the banks with casts from my swim jig. I was stoked when I finally hooked up along the edge of a beach in Quinns Pond on a bass. Still I kept moving, because the guy at Sportsman’s told me the north corner ponds where the best for bass.

I got to the Cascade Creek Pond, and decided to slow down with the Jackall Cover Craw. On my first cast, after dragging the bait along the edge of the vegetation, my line jumped and went heavy. After setting the hook, a solid bass that erupted out of the water.  The cascade creek  area was good, and a little while later I pulled out another beast from the same spot on a swim jig. I saw a lot more signs of bass in this pond than any of the others. There were several small bass and plenty of little bluegills swimming around. I wound up catching another 4 little bass on the cover craw in the Cascade Creek Pond.

Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds - Esther Simplot Park
Here’s the biggest guy of the trip in Boise Idaho Bass Fishing Ponds. He slammed the swim jig along the edge of the bank.

One more little side note, 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 pond fishing in Boise. receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. The links are here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount made on the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass, like they have for me.

Hopefully, you found this Boise Idaho pond bass fishing at Esther Simplot Park trip helpful in your quests to “Krak” bass! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog, and follow me on the KrakenBass Social Media Accounts.

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