Fishing in Idaho, USA

Any person 14 years of age or older must have a valid license or permit to fish in Idaho. Resident children under 14 years of age need not be licensed and may have their own separate limit. Nonresident children under 14 years of age if not licensed, must be accompanied by the holder of a valid fishing license and their fish must be included in the license holders limit or the child may purchase their own license and have their own limit.

With more than 1,500 high mountain lakes, over 10 world-class blue-ribbon wild trout streams and numerous natural large lakes and reservoirs, fishing in Idaho is nothing less than spectacular and its fly fishing…. ….legendary. Of course, it depends on what you are fishing for and the time of year, as Idaho has 35 different species of game fish. Idaho is also the only inland Western state with ocean-run salmon and steelhead, and unlike most other states, most of its fishing waters are open to the public. Whether you’re chasing Idaho’s record 54 pound salmon or a 30 pound steelhead, fishing in Idaho is a real catch!

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Silver Creek

Located in central Idaho, this flat water spring creek has the highest density of trout of any river its size in the entire U.S. All sizes of brown trout are there for the catch, along with an abundance of rainbow trout that have been known to reach lengths up to 24 inches. Silver Creek is also known for its incredible insect hatches and fly fishing. Its daily mayfly hatches make this river a dry fly fishing heaven and has given it the reputation as being one of, if not the best spring creek in the nation.

Henrys Fork of the Snake River

This 60-mile stretch of the Snake River is one of the most famous and diverse fly fishing areas in the world. It is known for its amazing insect hatches and its rainbow and brown trout. Beginning at Henrys Lake and flowing 60 miles to the South Fork, the Henrys Fork has something for everybody. The river has everything from slow spring creek stretches to large eddies to narrow, fast water sections. Anyone from beginner to advanced can enjoy anything from dry fly fishing to streamer fishing in this world-renowned stretch of river.

South Fork of the Snake River

This long section of the Snake River flows through southeastern Idaho and is one of the best trout fisheries in the country. The South Fork is known for being an excellent tail-water fishery for cutthroat, brown, and rainbow trout. With such a large population of these trout in this area, some anglers have been known to catch 20-30 trout in a single day! Good insect hatches and spring run-off makes the river fishable for fly fishers anywhere from late June to late July; however, the most favored time of year to go fly fishing and dry fly fishing is in late autumn. When the water runs high on the South Fork, you can find anything from fast, narrow channels to deep pools, but when the water levels drop in the fall, wade fisherman can come out for some excellent dry fly fishing. Other than its undeniable high-quality fishing, the South Fork’s abundant wildlife such as moose, deer, elk, golden eagles, and bears is also there to keep you company as you tackle those fish!

Visitors may purchase fishing licenses for one day or the whole year online at

Information Courtesy of VisitIdaho

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