Idaho Fishing

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Number of Fish Species: 100

State Sportfish:  Cutthroat Trout

Notable Records:  an 18lb 15oz. cutthroat trout from Bear Lake,  a 27lb 5oz. brown trout from Ashton Reservior, a 30lb 2oz. steelhead from Clearwater River, a 38lb 7oz. tiger muskie from Hauser Lake.

Fishing Regs:  Idaho Fishing regs can be downloaded here (idaho fishing regs) by right click, save link as or you can go to the site here.

Fishing License Info:  

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $25.75 $98.25
1-day N/A $12.75
3-day salmon/steelhead N/A $37.50


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Quickcast:  Fishing in Idaho will likely center around trout, steelhead, chinook and sockeye salmon.  Some of the major water bodies and systems in Idaho are the Snake River, Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, and Kootenai while the lakes will include Bear Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, Redfish Lake and Coeur d’Alene Lake.  With a little over 1.3 million people in the entire state fishermen won’t have much competition for the many sturgeon, smallmouth, steelhead and catfish of the Snake River.  The 66 mile long St. Joe river is known primarily for cutthroat trout but will also produce some nice rainbows.  In fact, in 2007 Trout Unlimited named the St. Joe “the best cutthroat trout fishery on the west side of the Rockies”.  The Kootenai River will yield westslope cutthroat trout, Kokanee salmon, bull trout, rainbows, white sturgeon, whitefish and is the only river where you can catch the Columbia River Redband rainbow trout. The scenic Coeur d’Alene is a great place to find rainbows and cutthroat trout.   In lakes like Bear Lake one will likely happen upon cutthroat trout, lake trout, whitefish and ciscos whereas in Redfish Lake fishermen target largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, walleye and white bass.  Lake Pend Oreille is a great place to find Kokanee salmon and Kamloop rainbow trout.  Where ever you choose to fish in Idaho you can expect great fish, little competition and great scenery!