Idaho’s most popular fish species include salmon and steelhead. Chinook salmon are native to the gem state. In fact, some of Idaho’s fly fishing is nationally renown. This state also loves holding tournaments, so you are sure to find a weekend of fishing entertainment. With Idaho your options for a fishing background are canyons through the desert or scenic mountains, so you cannot go wrong.
Salmon are Idaho’s best game fish. The southern section of the Salmon River provides good salmon fishing while float fishing, and a chance at trout and sturgeon too. Other great salmon fisheries include Cascade Reservoir, Redfish Lake, and Salmon Creek Falls Reservoir. Although they are natives of the state, Idaho also has a stocking program to supplement the natural salmon population.
Silver Creek brings in people from across the country – if you have something to prove about your fly fishing skill, then this is the place for you. Although more difficult, the fun is in the challenge! Angle for thick, feisty, rainbow and brown trout in the wonderfully clear Silver Creek.
For larger trout visit Ashton Reservoir, home of the state’s brown trout record of over twenty-seven pounds. If splake are your game of choice Ririe Reservoir is known for large ones. As cutthroat are Idaho’s state fish it would be a travesty not to catch one while visiting Idaho so head for Kelly Creek. You can also find variants of cutthroat, like Bonneville cutthroat in Bear Lake, or Yellowstone cutthroat in the Snake River.
The Snake River is an acclaimed waterway, but some parts of it have obtained more notoriety than others. Henry’s Fork of the Snake River is a world class fly fishing river for trout, particularly around Box Canyon where rainbow trout are large and abundant.
Steelhead rival salmon for Idaho’s best fish. One of the most beautiful rivers for pursuing steelhead is the Clearwater. It is active starting around June and tapers off at the end of winter. The Snake River, another of Idaho’s favorites, follows a similar pattern for steelhead.
If time is limited on your Idaho fishing trip you may want to select Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir. Not only will there be excellent salmon fishing, but with its diverse species (depending on the time of year) you may also be able to find: bass, trout, crappie, catfish, and Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is also one of few places in Idaho to fish for walleye.
For a less common fish to angle for try Idaho’s population of tilapia or tench. Healthy tilapia can be caught from the Swan Falls Reservoir. The Spokane River and Hayden Lake are habitats for tench.
If you or your child is fourteen or older you will have to pick up a license. Buy licenses at agents, state offices, by phone, and online. Youth, senior, and disabled licenses are all less expensive. Annual and three year licenses are available for residents and non-residents alike, while non-residents may opt for a daily license (additional days optional) or three day salmon/steelhead license. Only residents may buy lifetime licenses.
Residents are considered to be Idaho state residents after being domiciled there for six months before apply for a fishing license. Members of the military or their family, after having been stationed in Idaho for thirty days, may qualify for residential licenses. If you can wait, the second Sunday in June is a free fishing day annually!
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26 Mile Lake, just 10 miles from Dietrich, Idaho, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near 26 Mile Lake include Eden, Hazelton and Shoshone. If 26 Mile Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Cottonwood Slough, Perrine Coulee, Dry Creek, Warm Creek, Alpheus Creek, Rock Creek, Big Cottonwood Creek, Cottonwood Creek, McMullen Creek and Cold Spring Creek.
Closest Cities : Dietrich 10miles, Eden 11miles, Hazelton 12miles, Shoshone 16miles, Jerome 17miles
Located around 34 miles from Salmon, Idaho Airplane Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Airplane Lake include . If Airplane Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are South Fork Waterfall Creek, Parrott Creek, Nugget Creek, Tumble Creek, Cradle Creek, Ship Island Creek, Papoose Creek, Fox Creek, Stoddard Creek and Golden Creek.
19 miles from Stanley, Idaho anglers will find Alice Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alice Lake include Ketchum, Clayton and Sun Valley. If Alice Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Alpine Creek, Flytrip Creek, Tenlake Creek, Cabin Creek, Billy Creek, Vat Creek, Rock Creek, Timpa Creek, Benedict Creek and West Beaver Creek.
Closest Cities : Stanley 19miles, Ketchum 33miles, Clayton 34miles, Sun Valley 35miles, Fairfield 41miles
20 miles from Stanley, Idaho anglers will find Alidade Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alidade Lake include Idaho City, Placerville and Crouch. If Alidade Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Alidade Creek, Cahhah Creek, Scenic Creek, Townsend Creek, Neinmeyer Creek, Grouse Creek, Mule Creek, Fezip Creek, McKay Creek and Tripod Creek.
Closest Cities : Stanley 20miles, Idaho City 34miles, Placerville 38miles, Crouch 41miles, Clayton 43miles
Located around 29 miles from Salmon, Idaho Allan Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Allan Lake include Darby and Hamilton. If Allan Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are North Fork Hughes Creek, Salzer Creek, Little Deep Creek, Quartz Creek, Deep Creek, Elk Creek, Twin Creek, Vine Creek, Emmett Creek and Cat Creek.