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  • American Falls Reservoir, ID
  • Anderson Ranch Reservoir, ID
  • Arrowrock Reservoir, ID
  • Blackfoot Reservoir, ID
  • Brownlee Reservoir, ID
  • Cascade Reservoir, ID
  • C J Strike Reservoir, ID
  • Coeur D'Alene Lake, ID
  • Crane Creek Reservoir, ID
  • Deadwood Reservoir, ID
  • Dworshak Reservoir, ID
  • Hayden Lake, ID
  • Henry's Lake, ID
  • Island Park Reservoir, ID
  • Lake Lowell, ID
  • Lake Pend Oreille, ID
  • Lucky Peak Lake, ID
  • Magic Reservoir, ID
  • Payette Lake, ID
  • Priest Lake, ID
  • Palisades Reservoir, ID
  • Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, ID

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 streams. Year round options include ice fishing at many of the lakes in the state.

Major Idaho Lakes

Idaho major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in ID, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

American Falls Reservoir is a 55,200-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at American Falls.

Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a 4,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 15 miles northeast of Mountain Home.

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

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

Blackfoot Reservoir is an 16,900-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, near the Wyoming-Idaho border 5 miles southwest of Wayan.

Brownlee Reservoir is a 11,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the Oregon-Idaho border, 18 miles west of Cambridge.

C J Strike Reservoir is a 6,700-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 2 miles north of Bruneau.

Cascade Reservoir is a 27,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Cascade.

Chesterfield Reservoir is a 1,240-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at the town of Chesterfield.

Coeur D'Alene Lake is a 27,900-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Coeur D'Alene.

Crane Creek Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 7 miles southeast of Midvale.

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

Dworshak Reservoir is a 16,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 1 mile north of Ahsahka.

Hayden Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Hayden Lake.

Hells Canyon Reservoir is a 1,250-acre lake in the central-western part of the state, on the Idaho-Oregon border north of Oxbow.

Henry's Lake is a 6,000-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower part of the state, 5 miles north of Macks Inn.

Island Park Reservoir is a 7,300-acre lake in the northeast corner of the lower part of the state, at Island Park.

Lake Lowell is a 8,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, immediately southwest of Nampa and Caldwell.

Lake Pend Oreille is a 84,000-acre lake in the upper northern section of the state, at Sandpoint.

Lake Walcott is an 8,200-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 4 miles south of Minidoka.

Little Payette Lake is a 1,440-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 2 miles east of McCall.

Lost Valley Reservoir is a 522-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 2 miles west of Tamarack.

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

Magic Reservoir is a 3,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 10 miles southwest of Bellevue.

Mormon Reservoir is a 1,550-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 3 miles south of Fairfield.

Paddock Valley Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 18 miles east of Weiser.

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.

Payette Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at McCall.

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

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

Ririe Reservoir is a 1,400-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, 12 miles east of Idaho Falls.

Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir is a 2,700-acre lake in the southern part of the state, 5 miles southwest of Rogerson.

Spirit Lake is a 1,500-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Spirit Lake.

Upper Priest Lake is a 1,400-acre lake in central ID, 15 miles north of Nordman.

Warm Lake is a 410-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 10 miles south of Thunderbolt Mountain.

Fish Species & State Records in Idaho

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 10.94 lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 9.72 lbs

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 31.0 lbs

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 58.5 lbs

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 3.56 lbs

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3.80 lbs

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 17.88 lbs

Steelhead

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 30.13 lbs

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 20.0 lbs

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 18.94 lbs

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7.06 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 27.31 lbs

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 57.5 lbs

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3.5 lbs

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 0.67 lbs

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 0.88 lbs

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

State Record: 0.60 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2.96 lbs

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13.25 lbs

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 54 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42.0 lbs

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 6.0 lbs

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 6.59 lbs

Other species

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 40.13 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 44.25 lbs

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

World record: Est 1,100 lbs

State Record: 394 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

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.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

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

 

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