Winter fishing doesn't have to be through the ice in the Upper Snake

Henrys Fork Rainbow
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John Heckel Idaho Fish and Game

Open water fishing opportunities abound in the Upper Snake Region, even in the winter months. Local rivers like the Henrys Fork, South Fork, and even the main-stem of the Snake River offer year-round fishing opportunities for those willing to brave the elements.

Henrys Fork Rainbow
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John Heckel Idaho Fish and Game

As the temperatures get into the 30s and even up into the 40s the fishing can be really good along the river without having to fight the crowds often seen during the summer. Many open water fishing opportunities can be found only a short distance from town, making them a quick cure for anglers suffering from cabin fever and itching to wet a line.

Henrys Fork Rainbow
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John Heckel Idaho Fish and Game

"I’ve been getting out to do some winter fishing on open water instead of hard water over the past couple of months and have been doing well," says Fisheries Biologist John Heckel. "Flies, spinners and jigs have all proven effective and produced fish for me."

Henrys Fork Rainbow
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John Heckel Idaho Fish and Game

Give the Idaho Fishing Planner a try to explore fishing opportunities close to home and across the state. And remember to check the Fishing Regulations as some sections of river are closed to harvest for portions of the year.