Lake Waha

Clearwater River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Lake Waha in Nez Perce County is 94.1 acres.

There is only one small public access site on Lake Waha as the majority of the lake shoreline is publicly owned.  This IDFG access site provides a dock and boat ramp which provides boaters the opportunity to fish the lake.  Because the water levels can fluctuate greatly on Lake Waha, there are times in the spring when the dock is not accessible from shore.  This site is managed mostly for boaters, and swimming is not allowed at this site.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2022/05/12 Rainbow Trout 4,531 Greater than 6 inches
2021/05/19 Rainbow Trout 1,494 Greater than 6 inches
2021/05/03 Rainbow Trout 2,988 Greater than 6 inches
2020/05/06 Rainbow Trout 4,503 Greater than 6 inches
2019/05/29 Rainbow Trout 1,501 Greater than 6 inches
2019/05/06 Rainbow Trout 3,004 Greater than 6 inches
2018/05/31 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
2018/05/02 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
2017/05/02 Rainbow Trout 4,488 Greater than 6 inches
2016/05/11 Rainbow Trout 1,712 Greater than 6 inches
2016/04/18 Rainbow Trout 2,988 Greater than 6 inches
2015/05/22 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
2015/04/24 Rainbow Trout 3,019 Greater than 6 inches
2015/04/23 Rainbow Trout 3,020 Greater than 6 inches
2014/05/27 Rainbow Trout 4,991 Greater than 6 inches
2014/05/13 Rainbow Trout 2,940 Greater than 6 inches
2013/04/23 Rainbow Trout 4,480 Greater than 6 inches
2012/08/23 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
2012/04/18 Rainbow Trout 5,115 Greater than 6 inches
2011/05/23 Rainbow Trout 7,540 Greater than 6 inches
2011/05/05 Rainbow Trout 2,496 Greater than 6 inches
2011/04/26 Rainbow Trout 1,999 Greater than 6 inches
2010/05/25 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches
2010/05/17 Rainbow Trout 1,950 Greater than 6 inches
2010/05/13 Rainbow Trout 6,240 Greater than 6 inches
2010/04/19 Rainbow Trout 4,970 Less than 6 inches
2009/05/19 Rainbow Trout 7,480 Greater than 6 inches
2009/05/14 Rainbow Trout 5,008 Less than 6 inches
2009/05/11 Kokanee 5,036 Less than 6 inches
2008/06/30 Rainbow Trout 14,550 Less than 6 inches
2008/06/09 Rainbow Trout 5,289 Less than 6 inches
2008/05/20 Rainbow Trout 3,405 Greater than 6 inches
2008/05/12 Kokanee 5,095 Less than 6 inches
2007/06/06 Rainbow Trout 8,060 Greater than 6 inches
2007/05/15 Kokanee 5,104 Less than 6 inches
2006/06/05 Kokanee 5,000 Less than 6 inches
2006/05/17 Rainbow Trout 7,425 Greater than 6 inches
2005/05/10 Kokanee 5,030 Less than 6 inches
2005/04/26 Rainbow Trout 14,976 Less than 6 inches
2005/04/25 Rainbow Trout 8,400 Greater than 6 inches
2004/06/03 Kokanee 5,196 Less than 6 inches
2004/04/27 Rainbow Trout 4,992 Less than 6 inches
2004/04/15 Rainbow Trout 7,200 Greater than 6 inches
2003/05/20 Rainbow Trout 2,453 Greater than 6 inches
2003/05/15 Rainbow Trout 8,875 Less than 6 inches
2003/05/06 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Less than 6 inches
2003/04/29 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches
2002/05/07 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches
2002/05/06 Kokanee 5,016 Less than 6 inches
2002/05/01 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Less than 6 inches
2001/05/10 Kokanee 5,000 Less than 6 inches
2001/05/07 Rainbow Trout 2,466 Greater than 6 inches
2001/04/25 Rainbow Trout 15,566 Less than 6 inches
2001/04/20 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
2000/05/09 Rainbow Trout 4,500 Greater than 6 inches
2000/04/26 Rainbow Trout 14,960 Less than 6 inches
2000/04/24 Kokanee 119,780 Less than 6 inches
2000/04/10 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches
1999/05/25 Kokanee 5,000 Less than 6 inches
1999/05/05 Rainbow Trout 15,020 Less than 6 inches
1998/10/20 Rainbow Trout 3,250 Greater than 6 inches
1998/05/20 Rainbow Trout 3,420 Greater than 6 inches
1998/05/07 Rainbow Trout 15,000 Less than 6 inches
1998/05/07 Splake 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1998/04/29 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches
1997/05/29 Rainbow Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches
1997/05/28 Splake 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1997/05/19 Kokanee 5,600 Less than 6 inches
1997/05/14 Rainbow Trout 5,031 Less than 6 inches
1997/04/24 Rainbow Trout 2,940 Greater than 6 inches
1997/04/21 Rainbow Trout 4,560 Greater than 6 inches
1996/05/16 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
1996/05/14 Kokanee 5,025 Less than 6 inches
1996/04/26 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1995/11/08 Splake 1,000 Less than 6 inches
1995/06/01 Rainbow Trout 16,660 Less than 6 inches
1995/05/03 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
1995/04/26 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1995/03/31 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
1994/06/28 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1994/06/15 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1994/06/01 Rainbow Trout 15,000 Less than 6 inches
1994/05/19 Kokanee 5,040 Less than 6 inches
1994/05/17 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1994/05/11 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1994/04/28 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1994/04/13 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches
1993/06/04 Kokanee 5,042 Less than 6 inches
1993/06/02 Rainbow Trout 25,000 Less than 6 inches
1992/05/12 Kokanee 5,057 Less than 6 inches
1991/05/31 Rainbow Trout 15,400 Less than 6 inches
1991/05/08 Kokanee 11,200 Less than 6 inches
1990/05/01 Kokanee 20,025 Less than 6 inches
1989/05/16 Kokanee 12,000 Less than 6 inches
1989/05/02 Rainbow Trout 10,080 Greater than 6 inches
1988/09/27 Rainbow Trout 7,830 Greater than 6 inches
1988/05/24 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Greater than 6 inches
1988/04/19 Kokanee 30,268 Adults
1988/04/07 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches
1987/10/05 Rainbow Trout 12,672 Less than 6 inches
1987/05/26 Rainbow Trout 3,125 Greater than 6 inches
1987/04/02 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches
1986/06/30 Rainbow Trout 8,010 Greater than 6 inches
1986/05/14 Rainbow Trout 4,125 Greater than 6 inches
1986/04/14 Rainbow Trout 8,700 Greater than 6 inches
1985/08/29 Rainbow Trout 23,100 Less than 6 inches
1985/07/15 Rainbow Trout 10,080 Greater than 6 inches
1985/06/05 Rainbow Trout 5,100 Greater than 6 inches
1985/04/15 Rainbow Trout 9,300 Greater than 6 inches
1984/10/15 Rainbow Trout 6,170 Greater than 6 inches
1984/07/12 Rainbow Trout 6,480 Greater than 6 inches
1984/06/29 Rainbow Trout 7,770 Greater than 6 inches
1984/05/29 Rainbow Trout 8,700 Greater than 6 inches
1984/04/16 Rainbow Trout 6,480 Greater than 6 inches
1983/10/13 Rainbow Trout 5,400 Greater than 6 inches
1983/05/10 Rainbow Trout 12,420 Greater than 6 inches
1983/04/11 Rainbow Trout 7,020 Greater than 6 inches
1982/10/21 Rainbow Trout 7,440 Greater than 6 inches
1982/10/18 Rainbow Trout 9,900 Greater than 6 inches
1982/09/27 Rainbow Trout 9,300 Less than 6 inches
1982/08/05 Rainbow Trout 8,370 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/24 Kokanee 9,856 Less than 6 inches
1982/04/26 Rainbow Trout 4,080 Greater than 6 inches
1982/04/14 Rainbow Trout 2,568 Adults
1981/10/29 Rainbow Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
1981/07/16 Rainbow Trout 11,100 Greater than 6 inches
1981/05/18 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches
1981/04/13 Rainbow Trout 6,800 Greater than 6 inches
1980/04/28 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
1980/04/21 Rainbow Trout 7,740 Greater than 6 inches
1980/04/15 Rainbow Trout 9,840 Greater than 6 inches
1980/04/14 Rainbow Trout 7,440 Greater than 6 inches
1979/07/19 Rainbow Trout 7,560 Greater than 6 inches
1979/06/14 Coho Salmon 30,875 Less than 6 inches
1979/05/14 Rainbow Trout 5,520 Greater than 6 inches
1979/04/23 Rainbow Trout 5,280 Greater than 6 inches
1979/04/09 Rainbow Trout 6,960 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/08 Coho Salmon 14,255 Less than 6 inches
1978/05/15 Rainbow Trout 7,440 Greater than 6 inches
1978/04/17 Rainbow Trout 9,120 Greater than 6 inches
1978/04/10 Rainbow Trout 6,720 Greater than 6 inches
1977/08/15 Rainbow Trout 8,460 Greater than 6 inches
1977/05/09 Rainbow Trout 6,960 Greater than 6 inches
1977/04/28 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches
1977/04/21 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
1977/04/19 Coho Salmon 59,180 Less than 6 inches
1976/05/13 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches
1976/05/12 Rainbow Trout 35,370 Less than 6 inches
1976/04/29 Rainbow Trout 5,520 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/09 Rainbow Trout 7,560 Greater than 6 inches
1975/05/15 Rainbow Trout 850 Greater than 6 inches
1975/05/12 Rainbow Trout 34,912 Less than 6 inches
1975/05/08 Rainbow Trout 5,040 Greater than 6 inches
1975/04/30 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1974/04/29 Rainbow Trout 7,200 Greater than 6 inches
1974/04/16 Rainbow Trout 34,950 Less than 6 inches
1973/06/21 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Greater than 6 inches
1973/04/17 Rainbow Trout 34,928 Less than 6 inches
1973/04/16 Rainbow Trout 7,200 Greater than 6 inches
1972/04/20 Rainbow Trout 34,892 Less than 6 inches
1972/04/06 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Adults
1971/04/23 Rainbow Trout 35,000 Less than 6 inches
1971/04/22 Rainbow Trout 5,520 Greater than 6 inches
1970/08/05 Rainbow Trout 2,720 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/04 Rainbow Trout 7,000 Greater than 6 inches
1970/05/11 Rainbow Trout 24,966 Less than 6 inches
1970/04/06 Rainbow Trout 6,240 Greater than 6 inches
1969/04/26 Rainbow Trout 24,440 Less than 6 inches
1969/04/21 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Greater than 6 inches
1969/04/16 Rainbow Trout 1,875 Greater than 6 inches
1968/05/17 Rainbow Trout 22,400 Less than 6 inches
1968/05/06 Rainbow Trout 6,960 Greater than 6 inches
1968/04/25 Rainbow Trout 5,520 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

The IDFG Campground at Waha Lake has been closed due to vandalism and risk of fire spreading to nearby properties.

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 Lake Waha.
Clearwater Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

  • In rivers and streams, no bag, size or possession limits
  • In lakes and reservoirs, limit is 6, both species combined

Brook Trout

  • Brook Trout limit is 25

Bull Trout

  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release

Kokanee

  • Kokanee limit is 25

Salmon 

  • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set annually 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 Snake River drainage below Hells Canyon Dam, the Salmon River drainage (excluding lakes and reservoirs), and the Clearwater River drainage (excluding that portion above Dworshak Dam, and lakes)
  • Seasons and limits for steelhead can be found here
  • Fishing for or targeting steelhead is prohibited unless a steelhead season is specifically opened for that water 

Sturgeon

  • 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 Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)

  • In rivers and streams, trout limit is 2, all species combined
  • In lakes, reservoirs, ditches and canals, trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately

Whitefish

  • Whitefish limit is 25

Protected Nongame Fish includes Pacific Lamprey and Sand Roller

  • May not be harvested or possessed

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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