The hunting is very different than the way you are used to hunting. I came to Idaho from Texas where flooded timber on the Red River or in East Texas was the norm. 3 buddies in the blind, 1 dog and blast everything in the flock. It was not uncommon to have 5 to 6 ducks in the water at a time. Not so in Idaho.
It is more like the rice fields than the timber here in the southern part of the state. In fact, since I have taken up goose hunting, I have seen more ducks feeding in the fields that on the river.
River hunting or Marsh hunting seems to be the norm for ducks over water. Marsh hunting on the lakes is just like you have been told, Scout, Scout, Scout. A Boat is needed to get to the best spots. Set up a boat blind or blind on the bank. Good camo and spred to get them in. Calling well helps but is not as important as it was in AR.
The Snake and Boise Rivers are what is hunted most down here for the river hunting. Canoes or paddle boats are needed on the Boise. Power boats are used on the snake or we walk in where we can get access. A retreiver is needed on the river due to the fast water. Caution, this is definetly not the place to kill 3 ducks at a time with a fast river and 1 retreiver. Shoot a duck maybe two and recover them all. Ducks floating down the river unrecovered make us all look bad.
Small lakes and ponds may be the best bet to develop a new spot. The weather gets cold up north quick so hunt and find these spots quick and move to the rivers for later season. Again take up goose hunting, you just might find more ducks and geese to boot.
Welcome to Idaho.
It was the Army that taught me how to shoot, and it was my Grandfather that taught me how to hunt, but it is my heart that teaches me that there is a difference. Pass it on.