Silver Creek

Tributary of the Little Wood River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Silver Creek in Blaine County is 25.7 miles in length.

Silver Creek is a world-class trout stream fishery that arises from cool desert springs at the base of the Picabo Hills. Scenic and productive, the relatively high elevation hosts an abundance of wildlife and birds, contributing to a sense of solitude. The nearby Wood River Valley is a resort destination that offers a wide range of services.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
1980/05/22 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
1979/09/25 Rainbow Trout 240 Adults
1979/08/20 Rainbow Trout 960 Adults
1979/08/14 Rainbow Trout 867 Adults
1979/07/31 Rainbow Trout 945 Greater than 6 inches
1979/07/11 Rainbow Trout 1,530 Greater than 6 inches
1979/06/28 Rainbow Trout 650 Adults
1979/06/25 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
1979/06/14 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
1979/06/05 Rainbow Trout 1,085 Greater than 6 inches
1979/05/24 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
1978/09/11 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/31 Rainbow Trout 450 Adults
1978/08/28 Rainbow Trout 630 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/18 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/05 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1978/07/19 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
1978/07/03 Rainbow Trout 1,190 Greater than 6 inches
1978/06/23 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
1978/06/16 Rainbow Trout 1,320 Greater than 6 inches
1978/06/01 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1978/05/26 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
1978/05/24 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
1977/08/03 Rainbow Trout 595 Greater than 6 inches
1977/07/29 Rainbow Trout 863 Greater than 6 inches
1977/07/06 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1977/07/01 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1977/06/22 Rainbow Trout 863 Greater than 6 inches
1977/05/26 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
1977/04/29 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
1977/04/11 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/27 Rainbow Trout 340 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/16 Rainbow Trout 1,670 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/09 Rainbow Trout 405 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/04 Rainbow Trout 720 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/29 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/16 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/02 Rainbow Trout 805 Greater than 6 inches
1976/06/15 Rainbow Trout 3,240 Greater than 6 inches
1976/06/04 Rainbow Trout 1,240 Greater than 6 inches
1976/05/19 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
1975/09/01 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/11 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/06 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/29 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/22 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/18 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/07 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
1975/06/27 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/06/20 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/06/12 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/05/29 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/05/23 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1974/08/28 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
1974/08/14 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
1974/07/26 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
1974/07/09 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
1974/06/27 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1974/06/13 Rainbow Trout 720 Greater than 6 inches
1974/06/06 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1974/05/31 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
1974/05/22 Rainbow Trout 850 Greater than 6 inches
1973/09/05 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1973/08/27 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1973/08/07 Rainbow Trout 375 Greater than 6 inches
1973/08/06 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
1973/07/11 Rainbow Trout 420 Greater than 6 inches
1973/06/11 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
1973/06/05 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1972/11/14 Rainbow Trout 167 Adults
1972/09/12 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
1972/09/07 Rainbow Trout 300 Adults
1972/09/06 Rainbow Trout 600 Adults
1972/09/01 Rainbow Trout 250 Adults
1972/08/30 Rainbow Trout 550 Adults
1972/08/24 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
1972/08/10 Rainbow Trout 1,488 Greater than 6 inches
1972/07/28 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
1972/07/14 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
1972/06/26 Rainbow Trout 760 Greater than 6 inches
1972/06/16 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
1972/06/05 Rainbow Trout 4,480 Greater than 6 inches
1972/05/19 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
1971/08/12 Rainbow Trout 870 Greater than 6 inches
1971/08/02 Rainbow Trout 960 Greater than 6 inches
1971/07/29 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1971/06/30 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
1971/06/10 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
1971/05/12 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
1970/10/09 Rainbow Trout 235 Adults
1970/09/14 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
1970/09/03 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
1970/08/28 Rainbow Trout 250 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/20 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/13 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/24 Rainbow Trout 290 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/18 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/08 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
1970/05/19 Rainbow Trout 5,400 Greater than 6 inches
1970/05/17 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
1969/10/08 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Adults
1969/09/04 Rainbow Trout 1,920 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/29 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/19 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/12 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
1969/07/31 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
1969/06/20 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
1969/05/23 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
1969/05/19 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
1969/05/09 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches
1969/05/06 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
1968/09/10 Rainbow Trout 1,380 Greater than 6 inches
1968/06/26 Rainbow Trout 6,800 Greater than 6 inches
1968/05/13 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches
1968/05/10 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

Special rules are in effect for all sections of Silver Creek above US Highway 93/26. Carefully review current regulations for specific information. Note that dogs are not allowed within the Silver Creek Preserve. Private property is posted.

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

Silver Creek
  • No motors
  • All diversion ponds have the same rules as the connected stream
Silver Creek From its mouth upstream to Highway 93
  • Magic Valley Region general rules apply
Silver Creek From Highway 93 upstream to the North Picabo Road bridge
  • December 1 through March 31 - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • April 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 6
Silver Creek From the North Picabo Road bridge upstream to the bridge at milepost 187.2 on Highway 20 west of Picabo
  • December 1 through March 31 - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2, none between 12 and 16 inches
  • April 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
Silver Creek From the bridge near milepost 187.2 on Highway 20 west of Picabo upstream to the road right-of-way fence on the west side of Kilpatrick Bridge
  • No fishing from rafts or boats; float tubes are allowed
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through March 31 - trout limit is 0, catch-and release, fly-fishing only, no bait allowed, one barbless hook per fly
  • April 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
Silver Creek From the road right-of-way on the west side of Kilpatrick Bridge upstream to the confluence of Grove Creek and Stalker Creek
  • No fishing from rafts or boats; float tubes are allowed
  • December 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release, fly-fishing only, no bait allowed, one barbless hook per fly
Nearby Rules The following special rule(s) apply to adjacent waters but exclude the Silver Creek.
Silver Creek tributaries
  • No motors
  • All diversion ponds have the same rules as the connected stream
Silver Creek tributaries All tributaries within the Nature Conservancy Silver Creek Preserve property
  • No fishing from rafts or boats; float tubes are allowed
  • December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 0, catch-and-release, fly-fishing only, no bait allowed, one barbless hook per fly
Silver Creek tributaries All tributaries except those within the Nature Conservancy Silver Creek Preserve and posted Hayspur Fish Hatchery waters
  • December 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2
Silver Creek tributaries The posted sections of Loving and Butte creeks on Hayspur Fish Hatchery property
  • December 1 through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend - closed to fishing
  • Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through November 30 - trout limit is 2, none under 20 inches
Magic Valley Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 12 inches

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 6

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, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, trout hydrids (.e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • In rivers and streams, only 2 of the 6 trout may be Cutthroat Trout
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately

Walleye

  • Walleye limit is 6

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 includes Northern Leatherside Chub, Shoshone Sculpin, Wood River Sculpin, 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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