C.J. Strike Reservoir is one of the most accessible, family-friendly fishing and camping locations in the state. C. J. Strike is an outstanding fishery for both warm water and cold water species including crappie, bass, catfish, perch, rainbow trout and sturgeon. It’s a popular area for boaters because launching facilities remain open throughout the year.
The shoreline of this high desert reservoir generally abuts steep, rocky cliff faces with areas containing recreation developments. The reservoir has three sections that offer unique fishing experiences. The main area near the dam provides easy access for both bank and boat angling. The Bruneau arm provides diverse fishing opportunities while the Snake River arm is primarily accessible by boat. Idaho Power manages four developed campgrounds around the reservoir area. For more information visit their website at https://www.idahopower.com/recreation/parks-and-campgrounds. The Bureau of Land Management operates Cove Recreation Area, a fee campground and boat launch adjacent to the south side of reservoir. Hikers in the area can view wagon ruts along marked remnants of the Oregon Trail.