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Idaho Fish and Game to Stock Nearly 45,500 Rainbow Trout in Area Waters this May

IDFG | JBruns

Photo courtesy of IDFG

LEWISTON – Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region will be stocking approximately 45,500 10-12” catchable-sized rainbow trout in May. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

Don’t forget to purchase your 2023 fishing license!

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns); dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.

May fish stocking

For maps of these Idaho fishing locations and other angling destinations please visit the Fish Planner.

Many of these waters are easy to access, family-friendly fishing destinations. All you need to get started is a fishing license and some basic tackle. Annual adult fishing licenses cost around $30, junior licenses (ages 14-17) cost $16, and youth under 14 fish for free. Click here to buy a license.

Fishing for stocked rainbow trout, particularly in community ponds, is a great way to introduce new anglers to the sport by using simple (and relatively thrifty) set-ups like worm/Marshmallow combinations or commercial baits like Power Bait or Crave, either near the bottom or below a bobber. The Learn to Fish webpage offers diagrams for basic bait rigs.

Most Idaho waters are open to fishing year-round, but some may have slightly different rules. Be sure to pick up a 2022-2024 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules Booklet, which outlines season dates, special regulations and bag limits at any Idaho Fish and Game offices or most sporting goods stores statewide.

Need a little help reading Idaho’s fishing regulations? Click here to view a short video on how to use the fishing season and rules book. Contact the Clearwater Region office for more information (208) 799-5010.