Saint Joe River (St. Joe River)

Tributary of the Coeur d'Alene River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Saint Joe River (St. Joe River) in Benewah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties is 144.9 miles in length.

The St. Joe is clear, cold, gorgeous and full of native trout that have been in Idaho since before the ice age. These Westslope Cutthroat Trout provide a unique catch and release fishing opportunity. 

In this video, Chip Corsi shares the joy of fishing this section of river.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
8/27/2002 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/2002 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/2002 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/2002 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/2002 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/2002 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/2002 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/2002 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,380 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/2002 Rainbow Trout 1,380 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/2001 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/2001 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/2001 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/2001 Rainbow Trout 494 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/2001 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/2001 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/2001 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
7/5/2001 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,024 Greater than 6 inches
6/12/2001 Rainbow Trout 792 Greater than 6 inches
6/6/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,320 Greater than 6 inches
5/23/2001 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/2000 Rainbow Trout 765 Greater than 6 inches
8/23/2000 Rainbow Trout 755 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/2000 Rainbow Trout 765 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/2000 Rainbow Trout 765 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/2000 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/2000 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/2000 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/2000 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/1999 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1999 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/1999 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1999 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1999 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1999 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1999 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1999 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,036 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1998 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,485 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1998 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1998 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,005 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1997 Rainbow Trout 501 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1997 Rainbow Trout 501 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1997 Rainbow Trout 501 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/1997 Rainbow Trout 501 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1997 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1997 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/17/1997 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1997 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1997 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1996 Rainbow Trout 506 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1996 Rainbow Trout 506 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1996 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
8/7/1996 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1996 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1996 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1996 Rainbow Trout 552 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1996 Rainbow Trout 516 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,008 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1995 Rainbow Trout 513 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1995 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1995 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/1995 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1995 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1995 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1995 Rainbow Trout 754 Greater than 6 inches
7/6/1995 Rainbow Trout 756 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,003 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,003 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,008 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,003 Greater than 6 inches
8/30/1994 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1994 Rainbow Trout 494 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1994 Rainbow Trout 494 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/1994 Rainbow Trout 494 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1994 Rainbow Trout 742 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1994 Rainbow Trout 742 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1994 Rainbow Trout 742 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1994 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1994 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/1994 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1993 Rainbow Trout 420 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1993 Rainbow Trout 504 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1993 Rainbow Trout 510 Greater than 6 inches
8/2/1993 Rainbow Trout 510 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1993 Rainbow Trout 748 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1993 Rainbow Trout 748 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1993 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
7/8/1993 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/31/1992 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1992 Rainbow Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
8/4/1992 Rainbow Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
7/28/1992 Rainbow Trout 750 Less than 6 inches
7/21/1992 Rainbow Trout 750 Less than 6 inches
7/14/1992 Rainbow Trout 752 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1992 Rainbow Trout 752 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1992 Rainbow Trout 609 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1992 Rainbow Trout 646 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1992 Rainbow Trout 638 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1992 Rainbow Trout 881 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,224 Greater than 6 inches
11/4/1991 Tiger Muskie 350 Less than 6 inches
8/28/1991 Rainbow Trout 243 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1991 Rainbow Trout 486 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1991 Rainbow Trout 486 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1991 Rainbow Trout 486 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1991 Rainbow Trout 594 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1991 Rainbow Trout 594 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1991 Rainbow Trout 594 Greater than 6 inches
7/11/1991 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1991 Rainbow Trout 595 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,180 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,475 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1991 Rainbow Trout 1,357 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/1991 Channel Catfish 5,000 Less than 6 inches
9/21/1990 Channel Catfish 5,000 Less than 6 inches
9/10/1990 Tiger Muskie 924 Less than 6 inches
8/30/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1990 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
6/20/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,350 Greater than 6 inches
9/29/1989 Channel Catfish 12,000 Less than 6 inches
9/27/1989 Tiger Muskie 850 Less than 6 inches
8/15/1989 Rainbow Trout 891 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1989 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1989 Rainbow Trout 920 Greater than 6 inches
6/9/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
5/24/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,120 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,222 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/1988 Rainbow Trout 780 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1988 Rainbow Trout 795 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,216 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,140 Greater than 6 inches
6/2/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
5/27/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,041 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,225 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1987 Rainbow Trout 410 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1987 Rainbow Trout 790 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1987 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1987 Rainbow Trout 797 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1987 Rainbow Trout 201 Greater than 6 inches
5/22/1987 Rainbow Trout 741 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
8/16/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,089 Greater than 6 inches
8/12/1986 Rainbow Trout 966 Greater than 6 inches
7/31/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,420 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,420 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1986 Rainbow Trout 162 Greater than 6 inches
6/23/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,112 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,444 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,444 Greater than 6 inches
9/5/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,010 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,470 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,176 Greater than 6 inches
6/25/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,871 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1984 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1984 Rainbow Trout 1,828 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1984 Rainbow Trout 215 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/1984 Rainbow Trout 1,183 Greater than 6 inches
7/3/1984 Rainbow Trout 4,050 Greater than 6 inches
9/2/1983 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1983 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1982 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
8/10/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1981 Rainbow Trout 960 Greater than 6 inches
6/22/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/11/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1980 Rainbow Trout 4,420 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/1979 Rainbow Trout 555 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
8/1/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,210 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/13/1979 Rainbow Trout 630 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1979 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/1978 Rainbow Trout 980 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,075 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/1978 Rainbow Trout 660 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,380 Greater than 6 inches
7/5/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,150 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,075 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1977 Rainbow Trout 860 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1977 Rainbow Trout 738 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/1977 Rainbow Trout 759 Greater than 6 inches
5/25/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,290 Greater than 6 inches
9/1/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,110 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,160 Greater than 6 inches
7/27/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,015 Greater than 6 inches
7/12/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1976 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
5/10/1976 Kokanee 461,550 Less than 6 inches
9/10/1975 Rainbow Trout 570 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1975 Rainbow Trout 950 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1975 Rainbow Trout 760 Greater than 6 inches
8/5/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1975 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1975 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1975 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,880 Greater than 6 inches
8/21/1974 Rainbow Trout 705 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1974 Rainbow Trout 940 Greater than 6 inches
8/14/1974 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,800 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/1974 Rainbow Trout 940 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,880 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1973 Cutthroat Trout 25,245 Less than 6 inches
7/17/1973 Rainbow Trout 490 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,565 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,720 Greater than 6 inches
6/7/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,350 Greater than 6 inches
5/30/1973 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Adults
9/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 770 Greater than 6 inches
9/7/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,160 Greater than 6 inches
9/1/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,160 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1972 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches
8/3/1972 Cutthroat Trout 42,000 Less than 6 inches
7/27/1972 Rainbow Trout 47,040 Less than 6 inches
7/26/1972 Rainbow Trout 40,700 Less than 6 inches
7/20/1972 Rainbow Trout 48,300 Less than 6 inches
7/17/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,040 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1972 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,615 Greater than 6 inches
6/13/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches
9/23/1971 Cutthroat Trout 15,008 Less than 6 inches
8/31/1971 Coho Salmon 57,608 Less than 6 inches
8/6/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,280 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,280 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1971 Rainbow Trout 135,450 Less than 6 inches
7/20/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,880 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,880 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,608 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
6/30/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,520 Greater than 6 inches
6/29/1971 Rainbow Trout 2,554 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1971 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
8/18/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,405 Greater than 6 inches
8/17/1970 Coho Salmon 41,272 Less than 6 inches
8/17/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/20/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1970 Rainbow Trout 157,700 Less than 6 inches
7/14/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1970 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches
6/15/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,310 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1969 Rainbow Trout 1,125 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,608 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,730 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,775 Greater than 6 inches
7/28/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1969 Rainbow Trout 100,800 Less than 6 inches
7/15/1969 Rainbow Trout 50,400 Less than 6 inches
7/3/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1969 Rainbow Trout 4,060 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1969 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
6/19/1969 Rainbow Trout 3,935 Greater than 6 inches
6/17/1969 Coho Salmon 100,800 Less than 6 inches
8/15/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Less than 6 inches
8/12/1968 Rainbow Trout 40,584 Less than 6 inches
8/9/1968 Cutthroat Trout 11,571 Less than 6 inches
8/5/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,400 Less than 6 inches
8/2/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,400 Less than 6 inches
7/25/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,900 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1968 Cutthroat Trout 24,048 Less than 6 inches
7/23/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,900 Greater than 6 inches
7/15/1968 Rainbow Trout 254,634 Less than 6 inches
7/8/1968 Rainbow Trout 250 Less than 6 inches
6/28/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,010 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,515 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/1968 Rainbow Trout 6,450 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,140 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

St. Joe River and tributaries (except St. Maries River) From Coeur d’Alene Lake upstream to and including the North Fork St. Joe River
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of any trout with a red or orange slash below jaw
St. Joe River and tributaries From the North Fork St. Joe River upstream
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of any trout with a red or orange slash below jaw
  • No bait allowed, barbless hooks required
Coeur d'Alene Lake (includes Benewah, Chatcolet lakes, Coeur d'Alene River Chain Lakes and all tributaries to Coeur d'Alene Lake)
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • Lake Creek and tributaries, closed to fishing
Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation
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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