Priest River

Tributary of the Pend Oreille River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Priest River in Bonner County is 66.1 miles in length.

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
1992/07/21 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
1992/05/27 Rainbow Trout 300 Greater than 6 inches
1991/07/24 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1991/07/11 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1990/06/28 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1990/05/24 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
1989/08/02 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
1989/07/13 Rainbow Trout 2,760 Greater than 6 inches
1989/06/23 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches
1988/06/30 Rainbow Trout 2,010 Greater than 6 inches
1988/06/09 Rainbow Trout 4,025 Greater than 6 inches
1988/05/23 Rainbow Trout 3,990 Greater than 6 inches
1987/09/09 Rainbow Trout 2,007 Greater than 6 inches
1987/07/07 Brown Trout 63,635 Less than 6 inches
1987/07/03 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1987/06/11 Rainbow Trout 4,050 Greater than 6 inches
1987/05/13 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
1986/09/08 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1986/07/16 Brown Trout 45,900 Less than 6 inches
1986/07/09 Rainbow Trout 2,022 Greater than 6 inches
1986/06/06 Rainbow Trout 4,032 Greater than 6 inches
1986/06/03 Brown Trout 100,000 Less than 6 inches
1986/05/09 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches
1985/09/09 Rainbow Trout 3,010 Greater than 6 inches
1985/07/11 Brown Trout 212,200 Less than 6 inches
1985/06/26 Rainbow Trout 1,995 Greater than 6 inches
1985/06/24 Rainbow Trout 3,850 Greater than 6 inches
1985/05/15 Rainbow Trout 3,082 Greater than 6 inches
1984/09/07 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
1984/06/27 Rainbow Trout 4,840 Greater than 6 inches
1984/06/14 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
1984/05/25 Rainbow Trout 4,840 Greater than 6 inches
1984/04/18 Rainbow Trout 2,003 Greater than 6 inches
1983/08/11 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
1983/07/28 Kokanee 20,376 Less than 6 inches
1983/05/31 Brown Trout 90,500 Less than 6 inches
1983/05/23 Rainbow Trout 930 Greater than 6 inches
1983/05/20 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
1983/05/19 Rainbow Trout 1,080 Greater than 6 inches
1982/07/27 Kokanee 21,318 Less than 6 inches
1982/06/24 Rainbow Trout 1,295 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/23 Rainbow Trout 1,850 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/22 Rainbow Trout 1,850 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/18 Rainbow Trout 2,960 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/17 Rainbow Trout 4,440 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/16 Rainbow Trout 4,440 Greater than 6 inches
1982/06/15 Rainbow Trout 2,960 Greater than 6 inches
1981/07/02 Rainbow Trout 1,295 Greater than 6 inches
1981/05/19 Rainbow Trout 820 Greater than 6 inches
1980/07/29 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
1980/07/08 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Greater than 6 inches
1978/08/18 Brown Trout 1,308 Less than 6 inches
1978/08/09 Brown Trout 1,800 Less than 6 inches
1978/06/30 Rainbow Trout 502 Greater than 6 inches
1978/06/27 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
1977/08/19 Rainbow Trout 2,730 Greater than 6 inches
1977/08/04 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1977/06/30 Rainbow Trout 960 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/24 Rainbow Trout 1,890 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/27 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/15 Rainbow Trout 3,080 Greater than 6 inches
1976/06/23 Rainbow Trout 1,920 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/19 Rainbow Trout 1,833 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/12 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/24 Rainbow Trout 2,800 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/08 Rainbow Trout 2,880 Greater than 6 inches
1975/06/25 Rainbow Trout 1,304 Greater than 6 inches
1974/05/31 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1974/05/24 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1973/05/15 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
1973/02/09 Rainbow Trout 1,150 Greater than 6 inches
1972/08/29 Rainbow Trout 2,310 Greater than 6 inches
1972/06/26 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
1971/08/09 Rainbow Trout 780 Greater than 6 inches
1971/07/20 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1971/06/22 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
1970/09/03 Rainbow Trout 520 Adults
1970/08/24 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/28 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
1970/06/30 Rainbow Trout 1,360 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/29 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/01 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches
1969/07/15 Rainbow Trout 840 Greater than 6 inches
1969/06/30 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
1969/06/12 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1968/08/16 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
1968/07/25 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
1968/06/13 Rainbow Trout 2,455 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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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

Pend Oreille River (from Highway 95 bridge at Sandpoint downstream to Idaho-Washington border, including tributaries and sloughs to the edge of flat water)
  • Bass limit is 6, only two may be Largemouth Bass, no Largemouth Bass under 16 inches
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
Priest Lake and tributaries (including Thorofare)
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • Kokanee limit is 6
Priest River and tributaries (from its mouth to Priest Lake)
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
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
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, Arctic 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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