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Idaho Fishing

All about fishing in the Gem State

Cold clear water creates ideal environments for trout, salmon and smallmouth bass. Idaho has lots of it. There are thousands of lakes and ponds and we cannot cover them all, but here are some of the major Idaho fishing impoundments.

The state of Idaho provides some excellent fishing opportunities. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, steelhead, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, warmouth, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, northern pike and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Idaho Lakes

Idaho major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Idaho, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Idaho, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Idaho Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

American Falls Reservoir is a 56,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at American Falls, ID.

Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a 4,700-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 15 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID.

Arrowrock Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 12 miles east of Boise, ID.

Bear Lake is a 70,000-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, at Fish Haven, ID.

Blackfoot Reservoir is an 18,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, near the Wyoming-Idaho border 5 miles southwest of Wayan, ID.

Brownlee Reservoir is a 15,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the Oregon-Idaho border, 18 miles west of Cambridge, ID.

C J Strike Reservoir is a 7,500-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 2 miles north of Bruneau, ID.

Cascade Reservoir is a 28,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Cascade, ID.

Coeur D'Alene Lake is a 31,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Coeur D'Alene, ID.

Crane Creek Reservoir is a 3,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 7 miles southeast of Midvale, ID.

Deadwood Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, 12 miles north of Lowman, ID.

Dworshak Reservoir is a 16,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 1 mile north of Ahsahka, ID.

Hayden Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Hayden Lake, ID.

Hells Canyon Reservoir is a 2,500-acre lake in the central-western part of the state, on the Idaho-Oregon border north of Oxbow, ID.

Henry's Lake is a 6,500-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower part of the state, 5 miles north of Macks Inn, ID.

Island Park Reservoir is a 7,000-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower part of the state, at Island Park, ID.

Lake Lowell is a 10,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, immediately southwest of Nampa and Caldwell, ID.

Lake Pend Oreille is a 86,000-acre lake in the upper northern section of the state, at Sandpoint, ID.

Lake Walcott is an 11,800-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 4 miles south of Minidoka, ID.

Lucky Peak Reservoir is a 2,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 8 miles east of Boise, ID.

Magic Reservoir is a 3,700-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 10 miles southwest of Bellevue, ID.

Mormon Reservoir is a 2,400-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 3 miles south of Fairfield, ID.

Mud Lake is a 7,000-acre lake in the lower-central part of the state, at Mud Lake, ID.

Paddock Valley Reservoir is a 1,500-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 18 miles east of Weiser, ID.

Palisades Reservoir is a 16,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, on the Wyoming-Idaho border 5 miles southeast of Irwin, ID.

Payette Lake is a 5,300-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at McCall, ID.

Priest Lake is a 23,000-acre lake in the upper northern section of Idaho 1 mile east of Nordman, ID.

Redfish Lake is a 1,500-acre lake in the lower-central part of the state, 5 miles south of Stanley, ID.

Ririe Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 12 miles east of Idaho Falls, ID.

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is a 3,400-acre lake in the southern part of the state, 5 miles southwest of Rogerson, ID.

Spirit Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Spirit Lake, ID.

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State of ID Fishing Information

For regulations and additional information about fishing in Idaho visit the Idaho Fish & Game Department. Click here to apply for an Idaho fishing license. Click here for information about fishing boats in Idaho.

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Fish for big bass in Idaho

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in ID.

Fish Species in Idaho

Fishing for bass in Idaho

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

ID State Record: 10 lbs 15 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

ID State Record: 9 lbs 11.5 oz

Fishing for catfish in Idaho

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 31 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

ID State Record: 58 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for crappie in Idaho

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 3 lbs 9 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

ID State Record: 3 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for walleye in Idaho

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 17 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for steelhead in Idaho

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 30 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for trout in Idaho

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

ID State Record: 20 lbs 0 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 18 lbs 15 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

ID State Record: 8 lbs 3 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

ID State Record: 27 lbs 5 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

ID State Record: 57 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for panfish in Idaho

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

ID State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

ID State Record: 0 lbs 5 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

ID State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

ID State Record: 0 lbs 9.6 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

ID State Record: 2 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for salmon in Idaho

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

ID State Record: 13 lbs 6 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

ID State Record: 6 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in Idaho

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

ID State Record: 40 lbs 2 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

ID State Record: 44 lbs 4 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.