Middle Fork Payette River

Tributary of Payette River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Middle Fork Payette River in Boise and Valley Counties is 67.3 miles in length.

Redband trout, brook trout, and stocked hatchery rainbows support this fine fishery. Access is great along a well traveled road with good camping areas nearby.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
8/21/2018 Rainbow Trout 783 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2018 Rainbow Trout 765 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/2018 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/2018 Rainbow Trout 746 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2018 Rainbow Trout 777 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/2018 Rainbow Trout 789 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,004 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2017 Rainbow Trout 801 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/2017 Rainbow Trout 789 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/2017 Rainbow Trout 741 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/2017 Rainbow Trout 793 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/2017 Rainbow Trout 795 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2017 Rainbow Trout 739 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/2016 Rainbow Trout 776 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/2016 Rainbow Trout 787 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/2016 Rainbow Trout 848 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/2016 Rainbow Trout 773 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/2016 Rainbow Trout 768 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/2016 Rainbow Trout 773 Greater than 6 inches
5/26/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/2015 Rainbow Trout 744 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/2015 Rainbow Trout 755 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/2015 Rainbow Trout 778 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/2015 Rainbow Trout 752 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/2015 Rainbow Trout 721 Greater than 6 inches
6/5/2015 Rainbow Trout 735 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,019 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/2014 Rainbow Trout 615 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2014 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,620 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2014 Rainbow Trout 819 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,499 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,632 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/2013 Rainbow Trout 892 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/2013 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2013 Rainbow Trout 597 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/2013 Rainbow Trout 850 Greater than 6 inches
6/5/2013 Rainbow Trout 826 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 945 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,015 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/2012 Rainbow Trout 771 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,043 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,123 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,025 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2012 Rainbow Trout 620 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/2011 Rainbow Trout 792 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,149 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/2011 Rainbow Trout 945 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/2011 Rainbow Trout 675 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,806 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/2010 Rainbow Trout 780 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/2010 Rainbow Trout 785 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/2010 Rainbow Trout 812 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2010 Rainbow Trout 812 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2010 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,124 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/2009 Rainbow Trout 862 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/2009 Rainbow Trout 960 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/2009 Rainbow Trout 1,008 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,155 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/2008 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2008 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2008 Rainbow Trout 925 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,170 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,015 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches
6/6/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,190 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2007 Rainbow Trout 915 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/2006 Rainbow Trout 1,155 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/2006 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/2006 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/2005 Rainbow Trout 788 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2005 Rainbow Trout 200 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/2005 Rainbow Trout 792 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,698 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,065 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2005 Rainbow Trout 805 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,239 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/2005 Rainbow Trout 972 Greater than 6 inches
5/26/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/3/2004 Rainbow Trout 849 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/2004 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/2004 Rainbow Trout 682 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,072 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/2004 Rainbow Trout 745 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/2004 Rainbow Trout 924 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/2003 Rainbow Trout 891 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2003 Rainbow Trout 720 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/2003 Rainbow Trout 844 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2003 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2003 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,046 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/2002 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/2002 Rainbow Trout 735 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2002 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,350 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/2002 Rainbow Trout 650 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2002 Rainbow Trout 744 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,085 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/2001 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/2001 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2001 Rainbow Trout 715 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/2001 Rainbow Trout 910 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/2001 Rainbow Trout 738 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/2001 Rainbow Trout 732 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2001 Rainbow Trout 910 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,925 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/2000 Rainbow Trout 962 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2000 Rainbow Trout 890 Greater than 6 inches
6/1/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,106 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,285 Greater than 6 inches
9/2/1999 Rainbow Trout 775 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1999 Rainbow Trout 660 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1999 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1999 Rainbow Trout 885 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/2/1998 Rainbow Trout 480 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1998 Rainbow Trout 530 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1998 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1998 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1998 Rainbow Trout 560 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,395 Greater than 6 inches
6/5/1998 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1997 Rainbow Trout 980 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1997 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1997 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1997 Rainbow Trout 850 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1997 Rainbow Trout 340 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1997 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/1996 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1996 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/1996 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,275 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/1995 Rainbow Trout 960 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1995 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1995 Rainbow Trout 602 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1995 Rainbow Trout 970 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1995 Rainbow Trout 520 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,011 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1995 Rainbow Trout 825 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/1995 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1994 Rainbow Trout 360 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1994 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1994 Rainbow Trout 608 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1994 Rainbow Trout 560 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1994 Rainbow Trout 575 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/1994 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1993 Rainbow Trout 573 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1993 Cutbow - Cutthroat x Rainbow Trout 1,062 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/1993 Rainbow Trout 300 Greater than 6 inches
5/27/1993 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1992 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1992 Rainbow Trout 700 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1992 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/1992 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1991 Rainbow Trout 728 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/1991 Rainbow Trout 702 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,138 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/28/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,088 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,088 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,152 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,144 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1990 Rainbow Trout 640 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,218 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,150 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,248 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1989 Rainbow Trout 930 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,900 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1989 Rainbow Trout 2,032 Greater than 6 inches
9/2/1988 Rainbow Trout 130 Adults
9/2/1988 Rainbow Trout 980 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,631 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,725 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,010 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1987 Rainbow Trout 810 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,080 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,016 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,608 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
9/26/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,035 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1983 Rainbow Trout 4,032 Less than 6 inches
7/12/1983 Rainbow Trout 6,820 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,480 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1981 Rainbow Trout 4,680 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,240 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,610 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1980 Rainbow Trout 5,640 Greater than 6 inches
6/2/1980 Rainbow Trout 5,355 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,820 Less than 6 inches
7/3/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1978 Rainbow Trout 5,032 Less than 6 inches
7/26/1978 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Less than 6 inches
6/29/1978 Rainbow Trout 4,040 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,600 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,656 Less than 6 inches
7/23/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,114 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1976 Rainbow Trout 4,680 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,745 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,240 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/1975 Rainbow Trout 4,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
9/6/1974 Rainbow Trout 3,220 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1974 Rainbow Trout 4,060 Less than 6 inches
6/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1973 Rainbow Trout 5,125 Less than 6 inches
8/7/1973 Rainbow Trout 4,900 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1973 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Less than 6 inches
6/4/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,960 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,640 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/5/1972 Rainbow Trout 8,002 Greater than 6 inches
8/26/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Less than 6 inches
8/11/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,515 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,238 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,210 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1970 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1969 Rainbow Trout 4,485 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,450 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1968 Rainbow Trout 7,680 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,900 Greater than 6 inches
5/31/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,600 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

Payette River, South Fork and its tributaries, except Middle Fork Payette River and its tributaries
  • Trout limit is 2
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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