North Fork Boise River

Tributary of the Boise River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

North Fork Boise River in Boise and Elmore Counties is 69.8 miles in length.

This is a popular mountain river where anglers target a variety of salmonids within the mainstem and tributaries. Redband, bull trout, and whitefish are prized native sportfishes and may be caught readily. In addition, nonnative brook and cutthroat trout may be caught at times. This is cold, relatively sterile river. Growth rates and maximum sizes are on the lower end of the spectrum, but catch rates can more than make up for it.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
8/20/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,833 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,771 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,049 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,003 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,990 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,998 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,041 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,998 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,038 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/2016 Rainbow Trout 2,048 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,764 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,992 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,972 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,036 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,965 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,034 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,037 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,091 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,512 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,014 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,703 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,707 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,666 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/2013 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,420 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,988 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,114 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,156 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,149 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,897 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,890 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,170 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,275 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,600 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,275 Greater than 6 inches
8/26/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,926 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,725 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2008 Rainbow Trout 2,380 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/2008 Rainbow Trout 780 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,925 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/2008 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,360 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,660 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/2007 Rainbow Trout 4,130 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,280 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2005 Rainbow Trout 3,744 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,981 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,485 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,900 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/2004 Rainbow Trout 3,091 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,092 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,650 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,645 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/2003 Rainbow Trout 2,079 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,296 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,687 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/2003 Rainbow Trout 897 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2003 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,715 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/2002 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,395 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/2001 Rainbow Trout 625 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/2001 Rainbow Trout 910 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,725 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/2000 Rainbow Trout 460 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,502 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,430 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,068 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/2000 Rainbow Trout 948 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,320 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,850 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,620 Greater than 6 inches
10/14/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1998 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,360 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1998 Rainbow Trout 975 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/1996 Rainbow Trout 980 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,845 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,014 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
6/2/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,110 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,019 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,037 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1993 Cutbow - Cutthroat x Rainbow Trout 1,512 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,025 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,495 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,523 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,314 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,314 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,368 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,340 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,688 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,340 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
9/14/1989 Rainbow Trout 775 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,240 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/1989 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,262 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1989 Rainbow Trout 760 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1989 Rainbow Trout 760 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/1989 Rainbow Trout 30 Adults
4/10/1989 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1988 Rainbow Trout 4,940 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,063 Greater than 6 inches
4/25/1988 Rainbow Trout 607 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1987 Rainbow Trout 810 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/1987 Rainbow Trout 4,368 Greater than 6 inches
4/27/1987 Rainbow Trout 342 Greater than 6 inches
3/25/1987 Rainbow Trout 342 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,750 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1986 Rainbow Trout 250 Less than 6 inches
6/17/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,750 Less than 6 inches
5/21/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,750 Greater than 6 inches
4/22/1986 Rainbow Trout 608 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,763 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,760 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,740 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,740 Greater than 6 inches
3/25/1985 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1984 Rainbow Trout 6,932 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,700 Greater than 6 inches
5/4/1984 Rainbow Trout 625 Greater than 6 inches
9/1/1983 Rainbow Trout 4,165 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1983 Rainbow Trout 2,205 Less than 6 inches
7/13/1983 Rainbow Trout 5,060 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/1983 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
9/8/1982 Rainbow Trout 538 Greater than 6 inches
9/1/1982 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
2/24/1982 Rainbow Trout 468 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1981 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1981 Rainbow Trout 5,080 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,312 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
5/7/1981 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1980 Rainbow Trout 5,187 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,798 Greater than 6 inches
3/4/1980 Rainbow Trout 512 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1979 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,750 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1979 Rainbow Trout 420 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,490 Less than 6 inches
7/10/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,640 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1977 Rainbow Trout 4,025 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Less than 6 inches
5/3/1977 Brook Trout 12,330 Less than 6 inches
8/12/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,060 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,485 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/1976 Rainbow Trout 4,598 Greater than 6 inches
4/1/1976 Rainbow Trout 495 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1975 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,330 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
3/20/1975 Rainbow Trout 570 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/1974 Rainbow Trout 4,420 Less than 6 inches
7/11/1974 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Less than 6 inches
3/15/1974 Rainbow Trout 380 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1973 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Less than 6 inches
8/1/1973 Rainbow Trout 4,300 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1973 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/1973 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,335 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,900 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,645 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,640 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1972 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,180 Less than 6 inches
8/4/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,313 Less than 6 inches
7/14/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,940 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,060 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,800 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1969 Rainbow Trout 7,050 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1969 Rainbow Trout 6,900 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1968 Rainbow Trout 10,400 Less than 6 inches
7/3/1968 Rainbow Trout 6,600 Greater than 6 inches
5/29/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
3/29/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater 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 North Fork Boise River.
Southwest 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
Salmon (ocean-going)
  • Salmon seasons and limits are set annually by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission and 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 lakes and Reservoirs). Between Hells Canyon Dam and Oxbow Dam and the Boise River from its mouth upstream to Barber Dam during steelhead seasons, steelhead are Rainbow Trout over twenty (20) inches in length with the adipose fin clipped (as evidenced by a healed scar)
  • 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 Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Golden Trout, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, land-locked Chinook and Coho Salmon, 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
  • 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 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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