Twin Falls Idaho Fishing – Dierkes Lake Largemouth Bass

Twin Falls Idaho Fishing

While in Twin Falls Idaho Fishing, Dierkes Lake proved to be awesome for Largemouth Bass. Plus, it has an awesome swimming spot for your family to play. Their were no motorized boats, so the Airhead SUP was the perfect way to play on this lake to get Kraken Bass. Dierkes lake proved to be a fun little family fishing hole. Here are all the logistics of what transpired on this trip including; The best baits, a map of where to find fish, and other items to help you when fishing in Twin Fall Idaho on Dierkes Lake.

Twin Falls Idaho Fishing – Dierkes Lake

My family and I stayed in Twin Falls Idaho with some friends, and had an afternoon to kill with our children. The weather was hot, so we headed out to Dierkes Lake. Dierkes is a small little lake with lots of big cotton wood trees with shade. In addition, Dierkes has an awesome swimming hole roped off with docks for children and families to swim. I’ve fished Dierkes before and had moderate success in the past (Check out previous trip report: Dierkes Lake Bass Fishing). I took what a I learned last time, and armed with my Airhead SUP wound up catching about 16 bass. It was a blast. I didn’t catch any giants, but it was fun to get my kids into some fish and get the line stretched. Here are all the little things you need to know to hopefully find the same success in Twin Falls Idaho Fishing Dierkes Lake.

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Twin Falls Idaho Fishing on Dierkes Lake Produced Several Largemouth Bass in the 1 to 2 lbs class.

Best Baits Twin Falls Idaho Fishing – Dierkes Lake

Here is what emerged as the best two baits for catching Largemouth Bass on Dierkes Lake for this trip. Not everything I tried worked. There was a lot of experimenting going on, so hopefully you get straight to catching bass with these two baits. Here are the details of how to rig them up and use them to catch bass on Dierkes.

Jackall Cover Craw

The 3″ Jackall Cover Craw in Green Pumpkin  was a solid bass catcher. Rigging the cover craw properly is key for hooking up when you get bites. I’ve missed a lot of bass on this bait until I started rigging the 3″ cover craw up on a 2/0 Owner Twist lock hook. Take the cover craw and screw the face of the craw with the claws into the screw lock on the hook. Then texas rig the hook into the bait to prevent it from snagging up. This backwards rigging is key to getting the cover craw to work right in the water. Without any weight at all the cover craw will glide backwards. This works especially well on Dierkes to slide back into the cover lining the banks. This set up is light, so using a spinning rod and reel helped with casting and fishing the bait effectively. Make sure to check out the video below to see this bait in action.

Flick Shake Worm

The Jackall Flick Shake Worm also caught several bass. This bait rigged up wacky on a drop shot set up caught several fish. Dierkes Lake had a lot of grass and vegetation, so the drop shot helped keep the bait up out of the grass. The key to fishing a flick shake worm on a drop shot was to make sure that it was sitting right on the bottom. Oftentimes, a little shake of the rod is all you need for a bass to suck it up. You can see the flick shake in action on a drop shot rig in the video below for some good ideas of what to do.

Twin Falls Idaho Fishing Dierkes Lake Largemouth Bass
Twin Falls Idaho Fishing Dierkes Lake the Jackall Cover Craw slayed several Largemouth Bass like this one laying on my Airhead SUP.

Fishing Spots Twin Falls Idaho – Dierkes Lake

I paddled around the lake a little bit, and found the following areas where I caught all the fish. Click on the markers on the map to learn more details about each area. If you can’t view the map just fill out the form below to subscribe to the blog, and you will also get notified of any new posts via email to help keep you Kraken Bass!

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Conditions Twin Falls Idaho Fishing – Dierkes Lake

My trip with my family to Dierkes in Twin Falls for some swimming and bass fishing transpired on Friday, August 28th, 2017 in the afternoon from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Here were the conditions during this fishing trip.


Partly Cloudy, Air Temperature in the 90’s.

Water Clarity

Stained. Visibility around 4 feet deep.


0-5 MPH. Flat Calm the entire time with an occasional breeze.

Water Temperature

Around the Mid 70’s.

Twin Falls Idaho Fishing Tips & Discoveries – Dierkes Lake

Overall, this trip in my book was a success. I ended up catching around 16 bass in an evening with my little children swimming and playing around. Total fishing time probably equated to about 2.5 hours even though we were at Dierkes all evening. I picked up on a couple things quickly that helped me find a few more fish than what I saw other kayak’s fishing on the lake doing.

I started off throwing a swimbait, but didn’t even get a sniff. When I pulled into the swimming area I heard a big ole slurp in the thick of the reeds. I tried flipping up into them, but was unsuccessful getting my bait where it needed to be. Things changed when I tied on the Cover Craw. This bait really enabled me to get a finesse presentation up shallow. The cover craw would easily slide back into the unseen recess of the cover. This proved key to getting bites. There was a lot of fishing pressure on the water that night, and the pressure had the bass tucked right up into the thick of things shallow. I caught several bass getting my bait right up in the reeds along the bank.

The second thing I discovered was how everyone on the lake was fishing around the same depth, so I started throwing out deeper off the subtle points on the lake. This proved to be super valuable. I caught several fish chilling out deeper compared to were most people were throwing. The drop shot rig was the ticket to getting your bait down deep, and keeping it just up out of the grass to catch bass. Between these two systems, I ended up catching all my fish.

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Twin Falls Idaho Fishing on Dierkes Lake was a ton of fun. This was my last bass of the day, and the canyon ledges were epic.

Video Twin Falls Idaho Fishing – Dierkes Lake Largemouth Bass

Here’s a little video clip of some of the action I was able to catch on film. My audio on my camera went out after I recorded my intro. Still though, the voice over content will help you get a good feel of what transpired. This video should help you see a little better my 1-2 punch approach for catching several bass on Dierkes Lake in Twin Falls Idaho.


Concievably, you should be able to take all the information in this write up on Twin Falls Idaho Bass Fishing on Dierkes Lake and get yourself out there Kraken Bass! My goal is to help you spend your precious free time catching fish.  With less time feeling frustrated on the water not knowing where to go or what to use.

You should also be aware that 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. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are provided here to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount made on the sale of the products. I hope these products and information can help you “krak” some bass!

As Always,

Stay Stoked!

2 Responses

  1. I spent last winter in Bullhead City AZ and was looking for a guide to fish Lake Mohave. That is when i came across your website. I have been receiving your new post’s ever since. The question i have, is when taking your photo’s of the fish you catch i constantly see them either lying on rocks, bottom of your boat, and in the snow. Are you harvesting these fish? If not, this is not a way to promote your website, just my opinion. And before you say who is this jerk, i want to let you know that i am 65 years old and know a thing or two about warm water fishing. Thank you for your time and i am looking forward to your response.

    1. Thanks for the question! I always practice catch and release. I’m often by myself when fishing, so I lay the fish down to take pictures of them a lot before I release them. Any tips on how to take good fishing photo’s by yourself would be much appreciated. Stay Stoked!

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