Clark Fork

Tributary of the Middle Fork Clark Fork

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Clark Fork in Bonner County is 97.4 miles in length.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access
Handicap Accessible


The best boat access is located at Johnson Creek. Seasonal boat access is also available at the Driftyard Access, located north of the Clark Fork delta off of Highway 200. Water level of Lake Pend Oreille can influence access at boat ramps, particularly during the winter months.

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Stocking Records

No stocking records found for Clark Fork.
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

Clark Fork River Section: Entire river upstream of a straight line extending north of county boat dock (near mouth of Johnson Creek) to Bear Paw Point (southwest tip of Denton Slough)
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • Rainbow Trout catch-and-release December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
  • No bait allowed Dec. 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
Clark Fork River tributaries (includes Lightning Creek and tributaries)
  • Rainbow trout closed to harvest December 1 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • No bait allowed December 1 through Friday before Memorial day weekend
Panhandle Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
Bull Trout
  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Burbot limit is 6
Chinook Salmon (land-locked)
  • Chinook Salmon limit is 2, none under 20 inches
  • Kokanee limit is 15
  • Fishing for or targeting sturgeon in the Kootenai River is illegal
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, Artic Grayling, 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 limit is 25
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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