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Idaho Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for Atlantic and coho salmon in ID.

Salmon fishing in Idaho

The major lakes in Idaho with quality populations of salmon include Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir, Coeur D'Alene Lake, Deadwood Reservoir, Dworshak Reservoir, Island Park Reservoir, Lake Pend Oreille, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Palisades Reservoir, Payette Lake, Priest Lake, Redfish Lake, Ririe Reservoir, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir and Spirit Lake.

Idaho state record salmon

There's plenty of opportunity to catch salmon in Idaho. The state record for atlantic salmon came out of Deadwood Reservoir, the state record king-chinook salmon came from the Salmon river, Idaho's state record coho salmon came from Cascade Reservoir, the state record kokanee salmon was caught in Priest Lake, and Redfish Lake yielded the Idaho state record for sockeye salmon. So you won't have to go far to find quality salmon fishing in Idaho.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Idaho Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

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

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

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.

 

Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Idaho salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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Best salmon fishing waters in Idaho!