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Guide To Steelhead & Trout Fishing Locations In Idaho

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All about fishing for rainbow, steelhead cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout in Idaho lakes, rivers and streams.

Idaho Trout Waters

Some of the major lakes with healthy populations of trout include American Falls Reservoir, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, Arrowrock Reservoir, Bear Lake, Blackfoot Reservoir, Brownlee Reservoir, C J Strike Reservoir, Cascade Reservoir, Chesterfield Reservoir, Coeur D'Alene Lake, Deadwood Reservoir, Dworshak Reservoir, Hayden Lake, Hells Canyon Reservoir, Henry's Lake, Island Park Reservoir, Lake Lowell, Lake Pend Oreille, Lake Walcott, Lucky Peak Reservoir, Magic Reservoir, Mormon Reservoir, Paddock Valley Reservoir, Palisades Reservoir, Payette Lake, Priest Lake, Redfish Lake, Ririe Reservoir, Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir and Spirit Lake. Many lakes in the state offer ice fishing for trout in winter.

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Fishing for trout in Idaho

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

Fishing for steelhead in Idaho

Steelhead Fishing


World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 30.13 lbs

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Select the best trout lures and baits

Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.

ID trout fishing records

The state record rainbow trout came from the Snake River.

The state record cutthroat came from Bear Lake.

The state record brook trout was yielded by Henrys Lake.

The state record brown trout resided in Ashton Reservoir.

The state record lake trout came from Priest Lake gave up .

The record Dolly Varden trout came out of Lake Pend Oreille.

The state record golden trout was caught from White Sands Lake.

Tthe state record steelhead trout came from the Clearwater River.

Bass fishing in Idaho

Idaho's native trout is the Bull Trout. If you hook one, put it back immediately.

Visit the Idaho Fish and Game Department website for details on trout stocking in Idaho.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Additional trout information

Trout Conservation
Trout Unlimited


Trout fishing waters and information, by state.

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Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Idaho waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Best trout fishing in Idaho!