Yellow Belly Lake

Salmon River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Yellow Belly Lake in Custer County is 192.7 acres.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
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Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2017/09/07 Rainbow - Hayspur Triploid 10,002 Catchable (6+ inches)
2016/09/09 Rainbow - Hayspur Triploid 10,386 Catchable (6+ inches)
2015/09/18 Rainbow - Hayspur Triploid 1,204 Catchable (6+ inches)
2015/09/16 Westslope Cutthroat 84,508 Fry (0-3 inches)
2014/09/23 Westslope Cutthroat 69,479 Fry (0-3 inches)
2013/09/23 Westslope Cutthroat 77,816 Fry (0-3 inches)
2013/06/20 Rainbow Unspecified 1,477 Catchable (6+ inches)
2012/09/19 Westslope Cutthroat 41,161 Fry (0-3 inches)
2011/09/20 Westslope Cutthroat 34,915 Fry (0-3 inches)
2010/09/09 Westslope Cutthroat 38,160 Fry (0-3 inches)
2009/09/23 Westslope Cutthroat 12,500 Fry (0-3 inches)
2005/09/07 Westslope Cutthroat 2,492 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
2004/09/06 Westslope Cutthroat 6,640 Fry (0-3 inches)
2003/09/02 Westslope Cutthroat 2,500 Fry (0-3 inches)
2003/07/15 Cutthroat 1,256 Fry (0-3 inches)
2002/08/10 Westslope Cutthroat 384 Fry (0-3 inches)
2002/06/25 Westslope Cutthroat 1,084 Fry (0-3 inches)
1999/09/03 Westslope Cutthroat 5,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1995/07/26 Westslope Cutthroat 3,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1993/07/20 Westslope Cutthroat 2,025 Catchable (6+ inches)
1992/07/01 Westslope Cutthroat 5,015 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1987/08/30 Golden Trout 2,750 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1986/08/27 Henrys Lake Cutthroat 9,959 Fry (0-3 inches)
1976/09/18 Cutthroat 16,848 Fry (0-3 inches)
1972/08/29 Cutthroat 73,899 Fry (0-3 inches)
1971/09/13 Cutthroat 52,896 Fry (0-3 inches)
1969/09/04 Cutthroat 76,000 Fry (0-3 inches)
1968/08/14 Cutthroat 79,640 Fry (0-3 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 Yellow Belly 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 limit is 25


  • 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 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 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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