Williams Lake

Middle Salmon-Panther Basin

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Williams Lake in Lemhi County is 180.0 acres at an elevation of 5,249 feet above sea level.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
No
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
Yes
Campground
Yes
ADA Access
No

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Species Observed in Surveys since 1990

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size Location
7/5/2002 Rainbow Trout 40,000 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
11/12/1991 Rainbow Trout 185 Adults Williams Lake
11/12/1991 Rainbow Trout 15 Adults Williams Lake
6/14/1984 Rainbow Trout 25,375 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/25/1983 Rainbow Trout 101,870 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/25/1983 Rainbow Trout 19,875 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
8/11/1982 Rainbow Trout 34,500 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/29/1982 Rainbow Trout 78,000 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/28/1982 Rainbow Trout 21,850 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/22/1981 Rainbow Trout 93,349 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/24/1980 Rainbow Trout 50,081 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/24/1980 Rainbow Trout 20,400 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/18/1979 Rainbow Trout 61,290 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/16/1978 Rainbow Trout 29,445 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/15/1978 Rainbow Trout 30,600 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
4/25/1977 Rainbow Trout 70,200 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/24/1976 Rainbow Trout 24,650 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/23/1976 Rainbow Trout 26,000 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/23/1976 Rainbow Trout 9,750 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/27/1975 Rainbow Trout 30,500 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/23/1975 Rainbow Trout 29,150 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/10/1974 Rainbow Trout 30,400 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
7/9/1974 Rainbow Trout 29,600 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/12/1973 Rainbow Trout 59,996 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 30,225 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/13/1972 Rainbow Trout 30,120 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/22/1971 Rainbow Trout 60,000 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/17/1970 Rainbow Trout 30,175 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/16/1970 Rainbow Trout 30,175 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
10/28/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,080 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
10/27/1969 Rainbow Trout 8,470 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
10/23/1969 Rainbow Trout 9,240 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
10/22/1969 Rainbow Trout 9,240 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/20/1969 Rainbow Trout 30,300 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/25/1968 Rainbow Trout 9,300 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 37,000 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
6/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 16,650 Less than 6 inches Williams Lake
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

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

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession 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 Williams Lake.
Salmon Region Bag Limits
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
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
  • No bull trout harvest is allowed
Kokanee
  • 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 ponds)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations for details)
Sturgeon
  • 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, and trout hybrids, and sunapee
  • 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
  • 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
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