Welcome Lake

Salmon River Drainage

    Welcome Lake in Lemhi County is 4.1 acres.

    Species Observed in Surveys

    Fish Stocking Records

    Date Species Quantity General Size
    2019/08/20 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,223 Less than 6 inches
    2016/08/17 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,215 Less than 6 inches
    2013/08/21 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,226 Less than 6 inches
    2010/09/15 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 886 Less than 6 inches
    2008/09/24 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    2004/08/28 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    2001/08/31 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    1998/08/26 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    1996/08/08 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    1992/09/28 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,700 Less than 6 inches
    1989/08/31 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    1986/09/03 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    1983/09/06 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    1980/09/17 Cutbow - Cutthroat x Rainbow Trout 2,052 Less than 6 inches
    1977/08/19 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Less than 6 inches
    1974/08/17 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Less than 6 inches
    1971/08/17 Cutthroat Trout 2,025 Less than 6 inches
    1968/08/01 Cutthroat Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

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    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

    No Special Rules for Welcome Lake.
    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

    • Kokanee limit is 25

    Salmon

    • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and issued in separate brochures
    • Seasons and limits for fall Chinook Salmon and Coho Salmon can be found here
    • Sockeye Salmon limit is 0 and fishing for or targeting Sockeye Salmon is illegal
    • 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 regulationsfor 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 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

    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 and steelhead placed in ponds are counted 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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