Big Bear Creek

Tributary of the Potlatch River

    Big Bear Creek in Latah County is 24.5 miles in length.

    Species Observed in Surveys

    Fish Stocking Records

    No stocking records found for Big Bear Creek.
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

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    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

    No Special Rules for Big Bear Creek.
    Clearwater Region Bag Limits
    Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
    • In rivers and streams, no bag, size or possession limits
    • In lakes and reservoirs, limit is 6, both species combined
    Brook Trout
    • Brook Trout limit is 25
    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 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 Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
    • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations)
    • 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 Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
    • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
    • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
    • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
    • Whitefish limit is 25
    Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey and Sand Roller
    • May not be harvested or possessed
    All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
    • No bag, size or possession limit
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