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
May15
American Bass Association Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
May15
Idaho North American Bass LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Slough Panhandle Region
May15
Intermountain Bass Anglers Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew/Curlew Magic Valley Region
May15
Magic Valley Bassmasters Milner Lake Burley Golf Course Marina/Burley Golf Course Marina Magic Valley Region
May15
Rocky Mountain Bowfishing Association American Falls Reservoir McTucker, Sportsmans Park, Willow Bay/Willow Bay Marina Southeast Region
May16
Mountain Home Hawg Hunters Lake Walcott Lake Walcott State Park/Lake Walcott State Park Magic Valley Region
May21
Lake Pend Oreille Anglers Club LPO & connected waters Hope, Garfield Bay, Bayview Panhandle Region
May21
Yak-Bassin' Pacific Northwest LPO & connected waters Sandpoint City Beach/Sandpoint City Beach Panhandle Region
May21
Yak-Bassin' Pacific Northwest CDA Lake & connected waters Higgins Point/Higgins Point Panhandle Region
May22
Boise Bass Busters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew/Curlew Magic Valley Region
May22
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Lud Drexler/Lud Drexler Magic Valley Region
May22
John Adams, GMC, Ford American Falls Reservoir Willow Bay MarinaWillow Bay Marina Southeast Region
May22
Panhandle Bass Anglers LPO & connected waters Willow Bay/Willow Bay Panhandle Region
May22
Payette River Bassmasters Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
May22
Pend Oreille Bass Club Priest Lake Coolin/Coolin Panhandle Region
May22
Snake River Bassmasters Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
May23
Idaho Basshunters American Falls Reservoir Sportsman's Ramp/Sportsman's Ramp Southeast Region
May23
Yak-Bassin' Pacific Northwest Spirit Lake Maine St. Public Launch/Spirit Lake Panhandle Region
Jun5
American Bass Association Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
Jun5
Boise Bass Busters Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
Jun5
Idaho North American Bass CDA Lake & connected waters Harrison/Harrison Panhandle Region
Jun5
Kayak Fishing Northwest (KFNW) Lake Cascade Any public ramp/Kelly's Water Park Southwest Region
Jun5
Mini-Cassia Bassers Milner Lake Golf Course/Golf Course Magic Valley Region
Jun5
Pend Oreille Bass Club LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Slough Panhandle Region
Jun6
Mountain Home Hawg Hunters Anderson Ranch Reservoir Curlew/Curlew Magic Valley Region
Jun7
Boise Police Association Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
Jun11
Guided by River Adventures, Riggins ID - Rich Friend Snake River/Hells Canyon Pittsburg Landing/Not needed Clearwater Region
Jun13
Mini-Cassia Bassers American Falls Reservoir Aberdeen/Aberdeen Southeast Region
Jun13
Panhandle Bass Anglers Twin Lake Upper Twin Lake ramp/Twin Lake Panhandle Region
Jun19
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Lud Drexler/Lud Drexler Magic Valley Region
Jun19
Jimmie Desaro Memorial Foundation Inc. Lake Cascade Van Wyck/Blue Heron Southwest Region
Jun19
North Idaho Pike Association LPO & connected waters Hope/Hope Panhandle Region
Jun19
Pend Oreille Bass Club LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Slough Panhandle Region
Jun25
Idaho Bass Nation Brownlee Reservoir Woodhead/Woodhead Southwest Region
Jun26
Idaho Basshunters Dworshak Reservoir Freeman Creek/Freeman Creek Clearwater Region
Jun26
The Montana Bass Federation LPO & connected waters Morton Slough/Morton Slough Panhandle Region
Jun26
Yak-Bassin' PNW Hayden Lake Sportsman/Sportsman Panhandle Region
Jul10
Idaho Backcountry Veterans, Kokanee Tackle, Fall Creek Resort Anderson Ranch Reservoir Fall Creek Lodge/Fall Creek Lodge Magic Valley Region
Jul10
Idaho Walleye Unlimited Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Lud Drexler/Lud Drexler Magic Valley Region
Jul10
Kayak Fishing Northwest (KFNW) Anderson Ranch Reservoir Any public ramp/Walmart-Mtn. Home Magic Valley Region
Jul10
Mini-Cassia Bassers Snake River Massacre Rocks State Park/Massacre Rocks State Park Southeast Region
Jul10
Payette River Bassmasters Lake Cascade Sugarloaf/Sugarloaf Southwest Region
Jul10
Pend Oreille Bass Club CDA Lake & connected waters Rainy Hill/Rainy Hill Panhandle Region
Jul10
Snake River Bassmasters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jul10
Treasure Valley Bass Lake Lowell Caldwell Ramp/Caldwell Ramp Southwest Region
Jul11
Mountain Home Hawg Hunters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jul12
Hammer Down River Excursions LLC Salmon River, Snake River Hammer Creek, Pittsburg Clearwater Region
Jul17
Idaho Basshunters CJ Strike Black Sands/Black Sands Southwest Region
Jul17
Panhandle Bass Anglers CDA Lake & connected waters Harrison/Harrison Panhandle Region
Jul17
Yak-Bassin' Pacific Northwest LPO & connected waters Public Launch/Sponsor Location Panhandle Region