Fishing Tournaments

Idaho Fish and Game regulates organized fishing tournaments to protect fish populations and manage crowding concerns.

Tournament details, start and end times, location, sponsor, etc. are available in the table below or on a calendar. Events can change at any time, be sure to contact the tournament sponsor for up-to-date information. 

 

NOTE: Most of the tournaments are club/contest events. Crowding may occur on a specific body of water on a given day. Non-contest anglers may wish to use another boat ramp or location that day.

Do I need a permit for a tournament or contest? 

Any person, organization, club, business, partnership, corporation or other entity sponsoring any organized fishing event that charges an entry fee or offers any prize(s) will need a permit if the event: 

  • Has a live-fish weigh-in

  • Cash or prize of $1,000 or more based on the number, size or species of fish caught

  • Expects 20 or more participants

Any person, organization, club, business, partnership, corporation or other entity sponsoring any organized fishing event that charges an entry fee or offers any prize(s) will need a permit if the event: 

If you're interested in sponsoring a fishing contest, contact your local Fish & Game office for permit application information OR complete this contest application permit form [PDF, 160 KB] and mail it to:

IDFG Fishing Contests
PO Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Upcoming Fishing Tournaments

Start Date Event Sponsor Body of Water Boat Ramp Used Region
May20
Lake Pend Oreille Anglers Club LPO & connected waters Hope, Garfield Bay, Bayview Panhandle Region
May21
Pend Oreille Bass Club LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Sloud Panhandle Region
May21
Snake River Bassmasters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
May21
Intermountain Bass Anglers Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek/Curlew Creek Magic Valley Region
May21
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Lake Walcott & Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Wallcott State Park & Lud Drexler Park/Wallcott State Park & Lud Drexler Park Magic Valley Region
May21
Boise Bass Busters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek/Curlew Creek Magic Valley Region
May21
Idaho Sport Fishing Tournaments American Falls Reservoir Seagull Bay/Seagull Bay Southeast Region
May21
Payette River Bassmasters Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
May22
Idaho Bass Hunters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek/Curlew Creek Magic Valley Region
Jun4
Idaho North American Bass Anglers CDA & connected waters Harrison/Harrison Panhandle Region
Jun4
Pend Oreille Bass Club Priest Lake Coolin/Coolin Panhandle Region
Jun4
American Bass Association Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
Jun4
Boise Bass Busters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jun4
Kayak Fishing Northwest Lake Walcott Lake Walcott State Park/Lake Walcott State Park Magic Valley Region
Jun4
Mini-Cassia Bassers Milner Lake Golf Course/Golf Course Magic Valley Region
Jun5
Panhandle Bass Anglers LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Slough Panhandle Region
Jun6
Boise Police Association Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
Jun10
Panhandle Bass Anglers Hauser Lake Hauser Public Ramp/Hauser Public Ramp Panhandle Region
Jun12
Panhandle Bass Anglers Spirit Lake Spirit Lake/Spirit Lake Panhandle Region
Jun12
Payette River Bassmasters Snake River/Hells Canyon Idaho Power Ramp/Hells Canyon Clearwater Region
Jun12
Clearwater Bass Anglers Snake River Swallows Nest/Swallows Nest Clearwater Region
Jun12
Mini-Cassia Bassers American Falls Sportsman Park/Aberdeen Southeast Region
Jun17
Bridge at Sandpoint Assisted Living LPO & connected waters Sandpoint City Beach/Sandpoint City Beach Panhandle Region
Jun17
Travis Morris & Brooks Montgomery Blackfood Reservoir Pebble Beach/Pebble Beach Southeast Region
Jun18
Pend Oreille Bass Club LPO & connected waters Willow Bay/Willow Bay Panhandle Region
Jun18
St Maries Elks Lodge #1418 CDA Lake & tributaries/ponds near St. Maries N/A Panhandle Region
Jun18
Montana Bass Nation Dwarshak Reservoir Big Eddie/Big Eddie Clearwater Region
Jun18
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Lud Drexler Park/Lud Drexler Park Magic Valley Region
Jun18
Central Utah Bass Lake Walcott Walcott/Parking lot Magic Valley Region
Jun18
Magic Valley Bassmasters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek/Curlew Creek Magic Valley Region
Jun18
Jimmie Desaro Memorial Foundation Inc. Lake Cascade VanWyck, Blue Heron Southwest Region
Jun19
North Idaho Pike Association LPO & connected waters Hope/Hope Panhandle Region
Jun24
Idaho Bass Nation CDA & connected waters Harrison/Harrison Panhandle Region
Jun25
TBF of Montana LPO & connected waters Willow Bay/Willow Bay Panhandle Region
Jun25
Kayak Fishing Northwest Dworshak Reservoir Big Eddie, Bruce's Eddy, Canyon Creek/TBA (offsite) Clearwater Region
Jun25
Mountain Home Hawg Hunters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek/Curlew Creek Magic Valley Region
Jun25
Idaho Bassmasters Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
Jul9
Pend Oreille Bass Club LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Sloud Panhandle Region
Jul9
Clearwater Bass Anglers Snake River Chief Timothy/Chief Timothy Clearwater Region
Jul9
Snake River Bassmasters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jul9
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Lud Drexler Park/Lud Drexler Park Magic Valley Region
Jul9
Mini-Cassia Bassers Snake River Massacre Rocks State Park/Massacre Rocks State Park Southeast Region
Jul9
Idaho Bass Federation Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
Jul10
Mountain Home Hawg Hunters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jul10
Idaho Bass Nation Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
Jul11
Hammer Down River Excursions LLC Salmon River, Snake River Hammer Creek, Pittsburg Clearwater Region
Jul16
Panhandle Bass Anglers CDA & connected waters Harrison/Harrison Panhandle Region
Jul16
Idaho Bassmasters CJ Strike Caldwell Ramp/Caldwell Ramp Southwest Region
Jul16
IBU, Kokanee Tackle, Fall Creek Lodge Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew Creek, Elk Pine Creek/Fall Creek Lodge Magic Valley Region
Jul16
Magic Valley Bassmasters Milner Lake Burley Golf Course/Burley Golf Course Magic Valley Region