Williams Lake

Tributary of Lake Creek

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Williams Lake in Lemhi County is 360.5 acres.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
7/5/2002 Rainbow Trout 40,000 Less than 6 inches
11/12/1991 Rainbow Trout 200 Adults
6/14/1984 Rainbow Trout 25,375 Less than 6 inches
7/25/1983 Rainbow Trout 121,745 Less than 6 inches
8/11/1982 Rainbow Trout 34,500 Less than 6 inches
7/29/1982 Rainbow Trout 78,000 Less than 6 inches
7/28/1982 Rainbow Trout 21,850 Less than 6 inches
7/22/1981 Rainbow Trout 93,349 Less than 6 inches
6/24/1980 Rainbow Trout 70,481 Less than 6 inches
6/18/1979 Rainbow Trout 61,290 Less than 6 inches
6/16/1978 Rainbow Trout 29,445 Less than 6 inches
6/15/1978 Rainbow Trout 30,600 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1977 Rainbow Trout 70,200 Less than 6 inches
6/24/1976 Rainbow Trout 24,650 Less than 6 inches
6/23/1976 Rainbow Trout 35,750 Less than 6 inches
6/27/1975 Rainbow Trout 30,500 Less than 6 inches
6/23/1975 Rainbow Trout 29,150 Less than 6 inches
7/10/1974 Rainbow Trout 30,400 Less than 6 inches
7/9/1974 Rainbow Trout 29,600 Less than 6 inches
6/12/1973 Rainbow Trout 59,996 Less than 6 inches
6/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 30,225 Less than 6 inches
6/13/1972 Rainbow Trout 30,120 Less than 6 inches
6/22/1971 Rainbow Trout 60,000 Less than 6 inches
6/17/1970 Rainbow Trout 30,175 Less than 6 inches
6/16/1970 Rainbow Trout 30,175 Less than 6 inches
10/28/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,080 Less than 6 inches
10/27/1969 Rainbow Trout 8,470 Less than 6 inches
10/23/1969 Rainbow Trout 9,240 Less than 6 inches
10/22/1969 Rainbow Trout 9,240 Less than 6 inches
6/20/1969 Rainbow Trout 30,300 Less than 6 inches
6/25/1968 Rainbow Trout 9,300 Less than 6 inches
6/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 53,650 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Lake Creek and tributaries (above Williams Lake)
  • December 1 through June 30 - closed to fishing upstream from the posted boundary at Williams Lake
  • July 1 through November 30 - Salmon Region general rules apply
Salmon Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • No bag, size or possession limits
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for Brook Trout
Bull Trout
  • Bull trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Kokanee limit is 25
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and rules are issued in a separate brochure
  • Fishing for or targeting salmon is prohibited unless a salmon season is specifically opened for that water
Steelhead (ocean-going)
  • Defined as Rainbow Trout longer than twenty (20) inches in length in the Salmon River drainage (excluding the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and ponds)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required, see fishing regulations for details
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Sunapee Trout and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Chinook Salmon placed in ponds are considered in the trout bag limit
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
Protected Nongame Fish including Pacific Lamprey
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
Find an error? Please let us know what is wrong so we can get it fixed up! Report a Problem