Deer Creek Reservoir

Flows into the Deer Creek

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Deer Creek Reservoir in Clearwater County is 137.0 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
6/13/2019 Rainbow Trout 1,824 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/2019 Rainbow Trout 2,103 Greater than 6 inches
10/23/2018 Rainbow Trout 6,172 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/2018 Brook Trout 3,504 Less than 6 inches
6/7/2018 Tiger Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/2018 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
10/2/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
9/20/2017 Rainbow Trout 3,978 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/2017 Brook Trout 3,500 Less than 6 inches
6/7/2017 Tiger Trout 2,550 Greater than 6 inches
5/12/2017 Rainbow Trout 2,106 Greater than 6 inches
10/18/2016 Rainbow Trout 2,102 Greater than 6 inches
9/9/2016 Rainbow Trout 2,098 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/2016 Tiger Trout 2,556 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,875 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2016 Rainbow Trout 2,145 Greater than 6 inches
10/2/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
9/15/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/2015 Brook Trout 2,503 Less than 6 inches
6/25/2015 Tiger Trout 2,501 Less than 6 inches
5/12/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
10/14/2014 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/2014 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/2014 Brook Trout 2,471 Less than 6 inches
6/25/2014 Tiger Trout 2,628 Less than 6 inches
6/3/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,952 Greater than 6 inches
5/12/2014 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
10/21/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,100 Greater than 6 inches
10/17/2013 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,892 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2013 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2013 Brook Trout 10,000 Less than 6 inches
6/6/2013 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
5/15/2013 Rainbow Trout 4,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/2012 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,970 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2012 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/2012 Brook Trout 8,100 Less than 6 inches
6/6/2012 Rainbow Trout 3,510 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2012 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2012 Rainbow Trout 3,510 Greater than 6 inches
10/19/2011 Rainbow Trout 7,490 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/2011 Rainbow Trout 400 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/2011 Rainbow Trout 7,400 Greater than 6 inches
6/3/2011 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,009 Less than 6 inches
5/27/2011 Rainbow Trout 6,120 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/2011 Rainbow Trout 6,975 Less than 6 inches
5/17/2011 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/2010 Rainbow Trout 7,360 Greater than 6 inches
6/1/2010 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,328 Less than 6 inches
5/19/2010 Rainbow Trout 7,395 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/2010 Rainbow Trout 53,928 Less than 6 inches
4/22/2010 Rainbow Trout 5,001 Greater than 6 inches
10/8/2009 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/2/2009 Rainbow Trout 7,525 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2009 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,000 Less than 6 inches
5/19/2009 Rainbow Trout 8,400 Greater than 6 inches
5/12/2009 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
5/28/2008 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2008 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/2007 Rainbow Trout 23,650 Less than 6 inches
6/1/2007 Rainbow Trout 7,497 Greater than 6 inches
5/15/2007 Rainbow Trout 7,502 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2007 Rainbow Trout 3,952 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2007 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,994 Less than 6 inches
10/30/2006 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/2006 Rainbow Trout 7,689 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2006 Rainbow Trout 6,250 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/2006 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,610 Less than 6 inches
5/10/2006 Rainbow Trout 6,250 Greater than 6 inches
10/6/2005 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,920 Less than 6 inches
5/10/2005 Rainbow Trout 20,387 Greater than 6 inches
9/28/2004 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 14,994 Less than 6 inches
5/11/2004 Rainbow Trout 12,192 Greater than 6 inches
4/21/2004 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

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 (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 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)
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water (see fishing regulations)
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 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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