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What are the top 10 types of fish in Idaho?

Boise, Idaho RiverIdaho is hugely well known for its great fishing opportunities. Scattered throughout the state are more than 10 world-class blue-ribbon wild trout streams, including the Henrys Fork, Silver Creek and the St. Joe River, along with many other high-quality trout streams.  Idaho’s rugged mountains contain more than 1,500 high mountain lakes with good trout fishing. Numerous large natural lakes and reservoirs provide a wide variety of fishing opportunities for warm and cold-water species of fish. In contrast to some states, most Idaho fishing waters are located in the public domain, and are open to the public with free access, as long as they have a fishing license.

In response to anglers’ requests for more fishing opportunities and simplified rules, Fish and Game has developed new regulations. In these areas there are year-round seasons, a general six-fish limit for trout, bass, walleye and pike and no bag limit on other species. There are no length limits or tackle requirements.

Idaho is the only inland western state with ocean-run salmon and steelhead. Nowhere else can go out out, learn how to fish, and come back with supper for the next several days.  You can have a fantastic, dynamic fishing experience with a huge catch every day and enjoy the fruits of your fishing labor after a day of excitement baiting your hooks and reeling them in. 

Snake River, IdahoThe top 10 types of fish in Idaho are: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon, Mountain Whitefish, Bass, Crappie, White Sturgeon, Muskie, Catfish, and Walleye. 

Idaho state records are 54 pounds for salmon and 30 pounds, 2 ounces for steelhead.  Get out on the water and see if you and your friends can beat those records! Find your new Idaho home closest to your favorite fishing spot today by checking out today's new listings, in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Eagle, Caldwell, and Kuna.

Kevin Hughes

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