Paddock Valley Reservoir

Flows into the Little Willow Creek

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Paddock Valley Reservoir in Washington County is 1,190.1 acres.

Paddock Valley Reservoir is an irrigation reservoir. After a series of good water years, fishing can be outstanding especially for bluegill, bullhead, crappie, and largemouth bass. On the other hand, fishing can be very poor after a series of below average water years. Knowing recent hydrologic conditions is important to determining whether fishing is likely to be good.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
5/23/2017 Crappie 214 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2017 Bluegill 4 Less than 6 inches
5/10/2017 Crappie 351 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2017 Largemouth Bass 1 Greater than 6 inches
4/1/2008 Rainbow Trout 4,930 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2006 Bluegill 116 Less than 6 inches
6/21/2006 Crappie 32 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2006 Largemouth Bass 75 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/2006 Crappie 911 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/2006 Crappie 493 Greater than 6 inches
5/13/2006 Crappie 771 Greater than 6 inches
5/4/2006 Bluegill 484 Less than 6 inches
5/4/2006 Crappie 1,315 Less than 6 inches
5/4/2006 Largemouth Bass 369 Greater than 6 inches
5/2/2006 Bluegill 93 Less than 6 inches
3/28/2006 Steelhead 27,300 Greater than 6 inches
10/17/2000 Steelhead 17,570 Less than 6 inches
11/10/1998 Steelhead 39,760 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1998 Black Crappie 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
12/18/1996 Rainbow Trout 13,000 Less than 6 inches
11/16/1970 Crappie 250 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

No Special Rules for Paddock Valley Reservoir.
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
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 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 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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