Alpine Lake Fishing

Alpine lakes provide a unique fishing experience in Idaho's scenic backcountry

Idaho has over 3,700 alpine lakes, ranging in size from small temporary ponds to large lakes over a mile long. Not all lakes have fish, Idaho Fish and Game stocks hundreds of trout in alpine lakes every year.

These lakes are primarily in remote mountainous backcountry areas and often within wilderness areas that are typically only accessible by foot or horseback. However, a small number of high mountain lakes are accessible using vehicles like motorcycles, ATVs, or even automobiles in some cases.

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the fish are biting! It's time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy the nice weather! Over 38,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout are headed to the Panhandle Region in May.

Published : 5/12/2022
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The sun is shining and the birds are chirping! It's time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy the nice weather! Over 40,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout are headed to the Panhandle Region in April.

Published : 4/6/2022
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Summer isn't quite over yet!  It's time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy the last days of summer while you can! Nearly 15,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout are headed to the  Panhandle Region in September.

Published : 9/1/2021
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Alpine lakes provide families with endless opportunities in Idaho’s scenic backcountry from fishing to wildlife watching to off-the-grid relaxation. Here are some tips and resources to help you plan a family trip to an alpine lake.

Published : 8/18/2021
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To replace brook trout with other species of trout in alpine lakes, Idaho Fish and Game is studying a new stocking method using super-male brook trout to dwindle brook trout populations in alpine lakes.

Published : 8/10/2021
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Looking for a new fishing challenge?

Published : 8/9/2021
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Time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy summer while it lasts! Fish and Game staff will be stocking over 3,500 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) trout across the Panhandle Region in August.

Published : 7/30/2021
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Fishing Planner

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Salmon Region High Mountain Lake Angling Guide

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This guide will help you plan your next alpine lake fishing adventure in our Salmon Region.