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Best Places to Fish in Idaho

Idaho is an angler’s dream come true.

With 26,000 miles of streams and rivers, and upward of 3,000 natural lakes, Idaho is home to a variety of fish species. Many of these species are unique to Idaho. Starting in spring and going through fall, many locals pack up their poles and fly rods and wander out to take full advantage of the many fishing opportunities our state has granted us. If you’re looking for your next fishing spot, it won’t be too hard to find. There are simply so many places to choose from, and this guarantees a unique fishing experience every time you cast the line.

Compiled in this list are five highly treasured fishing spots. However, for many Idahoans the best fishing spot is the one that only they know about. The real fun comes from going out and finding your own!

CJ Striker Reservoir

This 6,759-acre body of water sits in the southwest corner of the state just south of Boise. The reservoir plays home to a wide variety of fish species, making it a popular destination. Fish species include large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, catfish, a variety of trout and various salmon species as well. This is a great family spot as a variety of camping spots and recreation opportunities await guests on the CJ Strike Reservoir.

Lake Lowell

Located just west of Boise near the Oregon border, this 8,829-acre lake is a bass fisherman's haven. This reservoir brings in a lot of anglers that target the big large-mouth bass that call Lake Lowell home. The lake also is home to many other species including brook trout, steel-head, salmon and sturgeon. Bow fishing for carp has also become popular on the lake as well. Many camping opportunities exist around the area as well.

Brownlee Reservoir

This body sits right on the western part of the state along the Oregon border. The reservoir is a dammed up portion of the Snake River and the body sits at 13,000 acres and stretches over 50 miles long. Many access points exist along the parks along the reservoir. Brownlee has many popular game fish including pan-fish, large-mouth bass, catfish, trout and small-mouth bass. Fishermen flock to Brownlee to chase the active small-mouth population, an extremely fun fish to catch along the whole stretch of the reservoir.

Lake Cascade

One of the largest bodies of water in the state at over 27,000 acres, this body sits on the western side of Idaho north of Boise. Lake Cascade is a popular family spot with many great camping opportunities around the lake. It is also a heavy lake for recreation from jet skiing to water skiing. But, the fishing opportunities are great as well for bluegill, crappie, perch, bass, salmon and trout.

Oakley Reservoir

This body sits just over 1,000 acres and is in the very southern portion of the state just north of the Utah and Nevada borders. The Oakley Reservoir is a popular destination in Idaho because it is one of a very few bodies of water where fishermen can chase walleye. Other species with abundance in the lake are perch and rainbow trout. The state record walleye came out of the Oakley Reservoir in 2009.

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