Esther Simplot Pond

Boise River Drainage

    Esther Simplot Pond in Ada County is 13.0 acres.

    Located next to the Boise River, this new park offers fishing and swimming, walking and biking paths, docks, shelters, playground, and a beach. The park and pond are nestled between Veterans and Quinns ponds.


    Motor Restriction
    Boat Ramp
    Handicap Accessible
    ADA Access
    Handicap Accessible


    From downtown Boise, take W Main St west towards Garden City. Turn north on Whitewater Park Blvd and continue 0.4 mile north to the park's entrance.

    Recommended Game Fish

    Fish Stocking Records

    Date Species Quantity General Size
    2022/06/03 Rainbow Trout 691 Greater than 6 inches
    2022/05/12 Rainbow Trout 720 Greater than 6 inches
    2022/04/19 Rainbow Trout 617 Greater than 6 inches
    2022/03/23 Rainbow Trout 615 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/12/15 Rainbow Trout 678 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/11/19 Rainbow Trout 682 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/10/21 Rainbow Trout 690 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/06/22 Rainbow Trout 693 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/05/20 Rainbow Trout 678 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/04/29 Rainbow Trout 583 Greater than 6 inches
    2021/03/24 Rainbow Trout 625 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/12/04 Rainbow Trout 1,356 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/11/03 Rainbow Trout 1,295 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/10/02 Rainbow Trout 1,307 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/06/09 Rainbow Trout 1,337 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/05/19 Rainbow Trout 1,331 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/04/21 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
    2020/03/25 Rainbow Trout 1,316 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/12/05 Rainbow Trout 1,298 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/11/06 Rainbow Trout 1,306 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/10/10 Rainbow Trout 1,313 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/06/05 Rainbow Trout 1,344 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/05/01 Rainbow Trout 1,284 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/04/12 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/03/06 Rainbow Trout 1,283 Greater than 6 inches
    2019/02/05 Rainbow Trout 1,396 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/12/06 Rainbow Trout 1,330 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/11/02 Rainbow Trout 1,340 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/10/02 Rainbow Trout 1,297 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/06/04 Rainbow Trout 1,292 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/05/02 Rainbow Trout 1,313 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/04/13 Rainbow Trout 1,275 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/03/13 Rainbow Trout 1,310 Greater than 6 inches
    2018/02/13 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/12/07 Rainbow Trout 1,321 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/11/02 Rainbow Trout 1,307 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/10/13 Rainbow Trout 1,293 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/06/08 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/05/03 Rainbow Trout 1,318 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/04/14 Rainbow Trout 1,305 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/03/14 Rainbow Trout 1,286 Greater than 6 inches
    2017/02/22 Rainbow Trout 1,245 Greater than 6 inches
    2016/12/01 Rainbow Trout 1,325 Greater than 6 inches
    2016/11/01 Rainbow Trout 600 Adults
    2016/11/01 Rainbow Trout 1,266 Greater than 6 inches
    2016/06/28 Bluegill 444 Less than 6 inches
    2016/06/23 Bluegill 77 Less than 6 inches
    2009/07/15 Channel Catfish 298 Greater than 6 inches
    2007/07/11 Channel Catfish 297 Less than 6 inches
    2006/07/19 Channel Catfish 292 Greater than 6 inches
    2005/08/10 Channel Catfish 329 Greater than 6 inches
    Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

    Licenses and Tags

    Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

    Esther Simplot Park is a gem in the Ribbon of Jewels -- Boise City parks that honor local women, and is managed by the City of Boise.

    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

    No Special Rules for Esther Simplot Pond.
    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 limit is 6


    • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set 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 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 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 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 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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