Kelso Lake

Flows into the Unnamed Stream

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Kelso Lake in Bonner County is 63.7 acres.

With easy access to this quiet forested lake, you will find good fishing opportunities from a large dock. It's a great place for a small boat, kayak or canoe along Idaho Birding Trail 14 - bring your binoculars!

Facilities

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

Directions

Travel 3 miles north of Athol on US Hwy 95 and take the Granite Lake/Kelso Lake turn-off (west side of Hwy 95 just as the north-bound lane transitions into a passing lane.) Go west on a gravel road about 0.5 mile, cross the railroad tracks and turn left at the junction. Granite Lake is down the hill about 0.25 mile on your left. Kelso Lake is 0.25 mile past Granite Lake.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
4/15/2019 Rainbow Trout 672 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/2018 Rainbow Trout 240 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,920 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2018 Rainbow Trout 480 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
4/25/2018 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/2017 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Greater than 6 inches
5/26/2017 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/2017 Rainbow Trout 975 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/2017 Rainbow Trout 994 Greater than 6 inches
4/25/2017 Rainbow Trout 994 Greater than 6 inches
5/26/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
4/21/2016 Rainbow Trout 240 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/2016 Rainbow Trout 1,920 Greater than 6 inches
10/14/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,002 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches
5/15/2015 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
4/29/2015 Rainbow Trout 907 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/2015 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,363 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,536 Greater than 6 inches
5/29/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,812 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/2014 Rainbow Trout 2,132 Greater than 6 inches
4/22/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,470 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/2013 Rainbow Trout 3,611 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2013 Rainbow Trout 1,794 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/2013 Rainbow Trout 3,599 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/2012 Rainbow Trout 3,601 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2012 Rainbow Trout 290 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,509 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,140 Greater than 6 inches
4/9/2012 Rainbow Trout 2,462 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,002 Greater than 6 inches
5/27/2011 Rainbow Trout 2,999 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/2011 Rainbow Trout 816 Greater than 6 inches
5/2/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
4/27/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,650 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/2011 Rainbow Trout 510 Greater than 6 inches
4/18/2011 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
9/21/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,627 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2010 Rainbow Trout 972 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/2010 Rainbow Trout 2,875 Greater than 6 inches
3/26/2010 Rainbow Trout 1,785 Greater than 6 inches
3/23/2010 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches
10/9/2009 Rainbow Trout 715 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/2009 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
4/29/2009 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2008 Rainbow Trout 997 Greater than 6 inches
5/14/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
6/5/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/2007 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/2006 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/2006 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/2006 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2005 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/22/2005 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/4/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/20/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/4/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/2004 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/9/2004 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
10/1/2003 Rainbow Trout 400 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/2003 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/3/2003 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,425 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
4/14/2003 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/13/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/2002 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/6/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2000 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/2000 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/2000 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/7/2000 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1999 Rainbow Trout 4,560 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/1999 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,540 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/1999 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/5/1999 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
10/14/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 19,320 Less than 6 inches
6/5/1998 Rainbow Trout 4,001 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1998 Rainbow Trout 846 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,175 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,653 Greater than 6 inches
4/2/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,705 Greater than 6 inches
10/2/1997 Rainbow Trout 3,750 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1997 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/6/1997 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1997 Rainbow Trout 2,196 Greater than 6 inches
4/25/1997 Brook Trout 1,000 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1997 Rainbow Trout 792 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/1997 Rainbow Trout 3,194 Greater than 6 inches
10/21/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 8,706 Less than 6 inches
6/24/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,086 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,097 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 6,011 Less than 6 inches
4/15/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,001 Greater than 6 inches
4/5/1996 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches
5/30/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,301 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/1/1995 Brook Trout 2,004 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/11/1995 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/1994 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,768 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Greater than 6 inches
4/15/1994 Brook Trout 4,000 Less than 6 inches
4/11/1994 Rainbow Trout 2,990 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,750 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/6/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,250 Greater than 6 inches
4/12/1993 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1992 Rainbow Trout 899 Greater than 6 inches
6/8/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,008 Greater than 6 inches
5/29/1992 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
5/14/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/9/1992 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
10/17/1991 Rainbow Trout 125 Adults
6/27/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/4/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/30/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/8/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/23/1990 Rainbow Trout 2,015 Greater than 6 inches
4/11/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1989 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1989 Rainbow Trout 690 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1989 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 149 Adults
6/15/1989 Brown Trout 1,000 Less than 6 inches
5/9/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
4/18/1989 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
9/28/1988 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/1988 Brown Trout 1,000 Less than 6 inches
6/14/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,050 Greater than 6 inches
5/27/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
3/21/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,010 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1987 Brown Trout 1,000 Less than 6 inches
6/8/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/8/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,040 Greater than 6 inches
4/6/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,997 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,990 Greater than 6 inches
6/4/1986 Brown Trout 1,045 Less than 6 inches
5/8/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/21/1986 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/1985 Brown Trout 1,030 Less than 6 inches
6/18/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,015 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/1985 Rainbow Trout 4,030 Greater than 6 inches
9/17/1984 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1984 Rainbow Trout 6,750 Greater than 6 inches
4/9/1984 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/13/1983 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/1983 Brown Trout 4,250 Less than 6 inches
8/15/1983 Kokanee 1,698 Less than 6 inches
7/27/1983 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
5/12/1983 Rainbow Trout 145 Adults
4/5/1983 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
10/12/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,015 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,290 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/1982 Fall Chinook 999 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1982 Bluegill 400 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/1982 Rainbow Trout 6,240 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/1982 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
10/27/1981 Brown Trout 1,040 Less than 6 inches
8/26/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,310 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1981 Kokanee 1,672 Less than 6 inches
6/9/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/1981 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/8/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,960 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
4/23/1980 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Less than 6 inches
4/2/1980 Rainbow Trout 212 Adults
3/12/1980 Rainbow Trout 11,250 Less than 6 inches
8/22/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,408 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,760 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,610 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,480 Greater than 6 inches
11/6/1978 Cutthroat Trout 62,775 Less than 6 inches
10/9/1978 Cutthroat Trout 47,025 Less than 6 inches
8/17/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,445 Greater than 6 inches
6/2/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
5/8/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,003 Greater than 6 inches
4/26/1978 Cutthroat Trout 65,500 Less than 6 inches
4/20/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,460 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
4/27/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
9/22/1976 Cutthroat Trout 49,920 Less than 6 inches
9/3/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,360 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1976 Cutthroat Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches
7/1/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
5/7/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,320 Greater than 6 inches
12/29/1975 Rainbow Trout 254 Adults
8/19/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,482 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,920 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,435 Greater than 6 inches
5/5/1975 Rainbow Trout 100 Adults
4/24/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,940 Greater than 6 inches
4/23/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,096 Greater than 6 inches
4/22/1975 Rainbow Trout 50 Adults
10/3/1974 Cutthroat Trout 50,050 Less than 6 inches
8/26/1974 Cutthroat Trout 34,450 Less than 6 inches
8/26/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,350 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
5/17/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
4/18/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,480 Greater than 6 inches
4/17/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,480 Greater than 6 inches
2/14/1974 Cutthroat Trout 16,640 Less than 6 inches
11/28/1973 Cutthroat Trout 75,180 Less than 6 inches
8/7/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,740 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
5/3/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,240 Greater than 6 inches
4/23/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
4/10/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,530 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/5/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/1972 Cutthroat Trout 2,015 Less than 6 inches
6/5/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
5/12/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/1972 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,540 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1971 Rainbow Trout 910 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1971 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
5/26/1971 Rainbow Trout 977 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/19/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
9/10/1970 Cutthroat Trout 10,368 Less than 6 inches
8/31/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,090 Adults
8/26/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,720 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,560 Greater than 6 inches
5/11/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
4/29/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
4/23/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
9/17/1969 Rainbow Trout 820 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,750 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
6/4/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,008 Greater than 6 inches
5/16/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches
4/29/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
4/28/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,660 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1968 Rainbow Trout 450 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1968 Rainbow Trout 52 Less than 6 inches
7/17/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
5/15/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
4/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,320 Greater than 6 inches
4/18/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,190 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Electric motors only.

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

Kelso Lake
  • Electric motors only
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
  • Burbot limit is 6
Chinook Salmon (land-locked)
  • Chinook Salmon limit is 2, none under 20 inches
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 15
Sturgeon
  • 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
  • Whitefish limit is 25
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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