Little Lost River

Lost River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Little Lost River in Butte County is 48.7 miles in length.

The remote location of the Little Lost River keeps the crowds of anglers from venturing too far afield during most of the year. That means great fishing and solitude for those willing to make the trek out. Combined with fish that do not see the fishing pressure of other more popular waters makes this a location to put on your to-do list.

Facilities

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

Directions

The Little Lost River is found north of the town of Howe.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2008/08/14 Rainbow Trout 171 Greater than 6 inches
2008/07/17 Rainbow Trout 172 Greater than 6 inches
2008/06/19 Rainbow Trout 171 Greater than 6 inches
1984/07/26 Rainbow Trout 705 Greater than 6 inches
1984/05/16 Rainbow Trout 70,000 Less than 6 inches
1982/07/23 Rainbow Trout 804 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/29 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1981/07/27 Rainbow Trout 827 Greater than 6 inches
1981/06/19 Rainbow Trout 905 Greater than 6 inches
1980/08/28 Rainbow Trout 540 Greater than 6 inches
1980/08/12 Rainbow Trout 375 Greater than 6 inches
1980/07/03 Rainbow Trout 2,480 Greater than 6 inches
1979/08/28 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
1979/07/11 Rainbow Trout 1,320 Greater than 6 inches
1979/06/11 Rainbow Trout 690 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/23 Rainbow Trout 880 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/07 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches
1978/07/14 Rainbow Trout 420 Greater than 6 inches
1978/06/12 Rainbow Trout 580 Greater than 6 inches
1977/08/29 Rainbow Trout 5,360 Less than 6 inches
1977/07/12 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/11 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/19 Rainbow Trout 660 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/07 Rainbow Trout 1,875 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/08 Rainbow Trout 4,680 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/21 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
1975/06/17 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
1974/08/29 Rainbow Trout 760 Greater than 6 inches
1974/07/23 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
1973/08/13 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
1973/07/02 Rainbow Trout 640 Greater than 6 inches
1973/06/11 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1972/07/18 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1972/06/26 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
1971/09/09 Rainbow Trout 870 Greater than 6 inches
1971/07/20 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
1971/07/02 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
1970/08/26 Rainbow Trout 640 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/24 Rainbow Trout 370 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/23 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/02 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/29 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Less than 6 inches
1969/07/29 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches
1968/07/03 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
1968/04/24 Rainbow Trout 2,150 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

The river is managed with a reduced bag limit of 2 fish. Be aware that Bull Trout are found here, and are not legal for harvest.

Fishing Rules, 2022 - 2024

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

Little Lost River and tributaries
  • Trout limit is 2
Upper Snake 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

Kokanee

  • Kokanee limit is 15

Sturgeon

  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks are required
  • Use of a sliding swivel device to secure a weight, and a lighter test line to secure weight to sliding swivel device is required. See fishing regulations for details

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Splake, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately

Whitefish

  • Whitefish limit is 25 - see Big Lost River exception
  • 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 Northern Leatherside Chub and Bluehead Sucker (also known as Green Sucker)

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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