Fishing Idaho 2nd Edition

    FISHING IDAHO – An Angler’s Guide

    Now is the time to buy FISHING IDAHO, An Angler’s Guide. This book will help you save you a lot of time planning an Idaho trip to near and out-of-the-way locations.

    This is the most comprehensive guide to fishing in Idaho. The book also covers lakes, reservoirs, major rivers and their tributaries, camping, Native American lands, backcountry airstrips and all type of fishing in Idaho.


    From the northern tip of the Panhandle to the southeast corner of Bear Lake, Idaho is truly an angler’s paradise. The rivers, lakes, and streams of this vast and wild region offer nearly every type of freshwater fishing available. If you want to fish cold, deep lakes for large lake trout or small mountain streams for native cutthroat trout, the Panhandle has everything you need. If perch fishing is more your style, the state abounds in pan fish lakes that are not only uncrowded, but also relatively easy to get to.

    Stream anglers have more than enough famous water for a lifetime with Kelly Creek up in the Clearwater country, Silver Creek in the Wood River Area and the South Fork and Henry’s Fork of the Snake in eastern Idaho.

    A slow stroll through Silver Creek.
    There is nothing like a slow stroll through Silver Creek on a sunny October afternoon. (Cutthroat Press photo)

    Except for part of the Bear Lake Region and the Panhandle, the entire water system of the state is directly connected to the Snake River. Beginning in Yellowstone National Park, the Snake River arcs its way through the southern plains to eventually join the Columbia River in Washington state. Something as immense as the Snake River Plain cannot be described adequately in the space available. It must be seen, felt and pondered.

    As large as the Snake River is, it is only part of the Idaho fishing story. Every region in the state has water that ranges from good to excellent, along with a few surprises. The maps and regional descriptions in the book are not how-to information. They are merely jumping-off points for further research and exploration on your part.

    Some new information about high mountain lakes has been added to this edition. These areas can be challenging so thorough preparation must be made before venturing into these dangerous and distant lands.

    In a day and age when the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller, a walk through an Idaho mountain meadow along a babbling brook or watching a bobber on a high mountain lake with a grandchild or a friend can make the world big again.

    IDAHO’S BIG 10

    To say there are 10 top streams in Idaho is like comparing beauty, which is truly in the eye of the beholder. There are so many wonderful areas to fish that listing 10 is actually more folly than fact, though the waters mentioned here are often the ones people talk about most when they talk about fishing in Idaho.

    Solitude on the Clearwater River.
    Solitude on the Clearwater River. (Cutthroat Press photo)

    Sample Region Introduction: The Clearwater

    The Clearwater Region is one of the most productive fishing areas in the state, boasting more than a dozen species of game fish. It is also one of the most primitive. Lewis and Clark traveled through this area on their Voyage of Discovery and much of the land remains nearly as primitive today as it was in the early 1800s.

    The major drainage is the Clearwater River and it drains an area of 25,000 square miles from the northeast corner of the region, near the Montana border, south to the north side of the Salmon River in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.

    This region includes part of the Snake River downstream of Hells Canyon Dam and the Salmon River downstream of Riggins. For most of the way across the interior of the state, the north shore of the Main Salmon River acts as the region’s southern boundary.

    Retired Marine Kevin Hamilton of Boise, Idaho holds a Bonneville cutthroat trout taken from Lake Walcott in Southcentral Idaho in November. (Kevin Hamilton photo)
    Retired Marine Kevin Hamilton of Boise, Idaho holds a Bonneville cutthroat trout taken from Lake Walcott in Southcentral Idaho in November. (Kevin Hamilton photo)

    There are several world-famous trout streams in the Clearwater Region. North Fork Clearwater, Kelly Creek and the Lochsa and Selway rivers are spread across this wilderness drainage with their headwaters high in the forest lands of the Bitterroot Mountains. These streams alone would make a trip to the region worthwhile.

    Part of the Selway, and bits and pieces of the Lochsa and South Fork Clearwater rivers, run through rugged areas. The Lochsa and the Selway meet near Lowell and they form the Middle Fork Clearwater River and are part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. There are still some areas here where man has had little impact.

    This book all you need to know to go FISHING IDAHO.

    FISHING IDAHO, An Angler’s Guide 258 pages

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    To order in time late summer/fall fishing opportunities call (208) 343-8396

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    Other fishing suggestions:

    Idaho author, rafter and biking expert Steve Stubener wrote: Also consider The Rocky Mountain Fly Highway by Wide Eye Productions … great new movie about fishing blue-ribbon trout streams from Yellowstone N.P. across Idaho to the Owyhee River … awesome movie! Take a look: (

    Bill Krumm added: Then there’s always another little book called The Owyhee Canyonlands – An Outdoor Adventure Guide by Steve Stuebner and Mark Lisk. The three would make a nice collector’s set! (

    Noble Duke surveys his domain.
    Noble Duke, Cutthroat Press COC (Chief of Catch) surveys his domain.

    From all of us at Cutthroat Press, get ready for the late summer and  fall fishing.