Deer Creek Reservoir

Flows into the Deer Creek

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Deer Creek Reservoir in Clearwater County is 64.7 acres.

This beautiful mountain reservoir was built specifically for trout fishing. Rainbow trout are stocked from spring through fall in this remote setting for high catch rates from shore or a boat. To add variety, this lake is also stocked with sterile brook trout and tiger trout. Boaters, please observe the no-wake restriction.

In 2004 Deer Creek Reservoir, the first major fishing area built in 40 years, opened for business. It's stocked with trout and provides fishing opportunities for kids, families and avid anglers.

Facilities

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

Directions

Deer Creek Reservoir is located about 11 miles north of Pierce on State Hwy 11. Look for the Fish & Game access sign near historic Townsite 4 (Washington Creek Rd). Turn east and go 1.5 miles, turning at the Deer Creek Reservoir access sign and continue 0.5 mile.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2022/07/14 Rainbow Trout 4,286 Greater than 6 inches
2022/06/15 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
2022/06/14 Brook Trout - Triploid 2,538 Less than 6 inches
2022/06/14 Tiger Trout 2,518 Greater than 6 inches
2022/05/13 Rainbow Trout 2,102 Greater than 6 inches
2021/10/22 Rainbow Trout 2,112 Greater than 6 inches
2021/06/25 Rainbow Trout 4,042 Greater than 6 inches
2021/06/23 Brook Trout 2,507 Less than 6 inches
2021/06/23 Tiger Trout 2,562 Greater than 6 inches
2021/05/26 Rainbow Trout 2,158 Greater than 6 inches
2020/10/22 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
2020/06/25 Rainbow Trout 3,713 Greater than 6 inches
2020/06/23 Brook Trout 2,500 Less than 6 inches
2020/06/23 Tiger Trout 2,505 Greater than 6 inches
2020/05/21 Rainbow Trout 2,370 Greater than 6 inches
2019/10/01 Rainbow Trout 2,088 Greater than 6 inches
2019/07/09 Rainbow Trout 2,025 Greater than 6 inches
2019/06/13 Brook Trout 2,559 Less than 6 inches
2019/06/13 Rainbow Trout 1,824 Greater than 6 inches
2019/06/13 Tiger Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
2019/05/09 Rainbow Trout 2,103 Greater than 6 inches
2018/10/23 Rainbow Trout 6,172 Greater than 6 inches
2018/06/07 Brook Trout 3,504 Less than 6 inches
2018/06/07 Tiger Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
2018/05/16 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
2017/10/02 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
2017/09/20 Rainbow Trout 3,978 Greater than 6 inches
2017/06/07 Brook Trout 3,500 Less than 6 inches
2017/06/07 Tiger Trout 2,550 Greater than 6 inches
2017/05/12 Rainbow Trout 2,106 Greater than 6 inches
2016/10/18 Rainbow Trout 2,102 Greater than 6 inches
2016/09/09 Rainbow Trout 2,098 Greater than 6 inches
2016/06/22 Tiger Trout 2,556 Greater than 6 inches
2016/06/10 Rainbow Trout 1,875 Greater than 6 inches
2016/05/10 Rainbow Trout 2,145 Greater than 6 inches
2015/10/02 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
2015/09/15 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
2015/06/25 Brook Trout 2,503 Less than 6 inches
2015/06/25 Tiger Trout 2,501 Less than 6 inches
2015/05/12 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
2014/10/14 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
2014/07/08 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
2014/06/25 Brook Trout 2,471 Less than 6 inches
2014/06/25 Tiger Trout 2,628 Less than 6 inches
2014/06/03 Rainbow Trout 2,952 Greater than 6 inches
2014/05/12 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
2013/10/21 Rainbow Trout 1,100 Greater than 6 inches
2013/10/17 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
2013/07/23 Rainbow Trout 1,892 Greater than 6 inches
2013/07/01 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
2013/06/20 Brook Trout 10,000 Less than 6 inches
2013/06/06 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
2013/05/15 Rainbow Trout 4,600 Greater than 6 inches
2012/08/23 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
2012/07/11 Rainbow Trout 2,970 Greater than 6 inches
2012/06/26 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
2012/06/25 Brook Trout 8,100 Less than 6 inches
2012/06/06 Rainbow Trout 3,510 Greater than 6 inches
2012/05/22 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
2012/05/10 Rainbow Trout 3,510 Greater than 6 inches
2011/10/19 Rainbow Trout 7,490 Greater than 6 inches
2011/06/14 Rainbow Trout 400 Greater than 6 inches
2011/06/10 Rainbow Trout 7,400 Greater than 6 inches
2011/06/03 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,009 Less than 6 inches
2011/05/27 Rainbow Trout 6,120 Greater than 6 inches
2011/05/19 Rainbow Trout 6,975 Less than 6 inches
2011/05/17 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches
2010/06/08 Rainbow Trout 7,360 Greater than 6 inches
2010/06/01 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,328 Less than 6 inches
2010/05/19 Rainbow Trout 7,395 Greater than 6 inches
2010/04/28 Rainbow Trout 53,928 Less than 6 inches
2010/04/22 Rainbow Trout 5,001 Greater than 6 inches
2009/10/08 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
2009/06/02 Rainbow Trout 7,525 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/22 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,000 Less than 6 inches
2009/05/19 Rainbow Trout 8,400 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/12 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
2008/05/28 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
2008/05/22 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
2007/06/13 Rainbow Trout 23,650 Less than 6 inches
2007/06/01 Rainbow Trout 7,497 Greater than 6 inches
2007/05/15 Rainbow Trout 7,502 Greater than 6 inches
2007/04/19 Rainbow Trout 3,952 Greater than 6 inches
2007/04/19 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,994 Less than 6 inches
2006/10/30 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches
2006/06/22 Rainbow Trout 7,689 Greater than 6 inches
2006/05/23 Rainbow Trout 6,250 Greater than 6 inches
2006/05/16 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,610 Less than 6 inches
2006/05/10 Rainbow Trout 6,250 Greater than 6 inches
2005/10/06 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,920 Less than 6 inches
2005/05/10 Rainbow Trout 20,387 Greater than 6 inches
2004/09/28 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 14,994 Less than 6 inches
2004/05/11 Rainbow Trout 12,192 Greater than 6 inches
2004/04/21 Rainbow Trout 7,808 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

There is a no-wake restriction on the reservoir at all times. Non-motorized access is permitted year-round. Motorized access to the reservoir is permitted from May 20 through September 30 when the gate is open.

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

Deer Creek Reservoir
  • Trout limit is 6, only two may be Tiger Trout, no Tiger Trout under 14 inches
Clearwater Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • In rivers and streams, no bag, size or possession limits
  • In lakes and reservoirs, limit is 6, both species combined

Brook Trout

  • Brook Trout limit is 25

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 annually 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 Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
  • Seasons and limits for steelhead can be found here
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water 

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 Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
  • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately

Whitefish

  • Whitefish limit is 25

Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey and Sand Roller

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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