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
    8/20/2019 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,223 Less than 6 inches
    8/17/2016 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,215 Less than 6 inches
    8/21/2013 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,226 Less than 6 inches
    9/15/2010 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 886 Less than 6 inches
    9/24/2008 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    8/28/2004 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    8/31/2001 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,225 Less than 6 inches
    8/26/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    8/8/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/28/1992 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 1,700 Less than 6 inches
    8/31/1989 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/3/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/6/1983 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    9/17/1980 Cutbow - Cutthroat x Rainbow Trout 2,052 Less than 6 inches
    8/19/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Less than 6 inches
    8/17/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Less than 6 inches
    8/17/1971 Cutthroat Trout 2,025 Less than 6 inches
    8/1/1968 Cutthroat Trout 2,000 Less than 6 inches
    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 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 (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 reservoirs, 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, Sunapee Trout and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
    • 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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