Payette River

Tributary of Snake River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Payette River in Boise, Gem and Payette Counties is 104.2 miles in length.

This is section of the Payette River supports a tremendously diverse fishery. Anglers have many access points for beginning trips. Floating and fishing from small crafts is popular.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
10/5/2018 Smallmouth Bass 150 Greater than 6 inches
10/3/2018 Smallmouth Bass 350 Greater than 6 inches
9/27/2018 Smallmouth Bass 250 Greater than 6 inches
8/22/2018 Smallmouth Bass 500 Greater than 6 inches
6/6/2018 Steelhead 147,092 Less than 6 inches
5/29/2018 Steelhead 98,637 Less than 6 inches
5/25/2018 Steelhead 129,626 Less than 6 inches
6/7/2016 Steelhead 70,564 Less than 6 inches
6/2/2016 Steelhead 147,111 Less than 6 inches
11/6/2015 Rainbow Trout 493 Greater than 6 inches
10/9/2015 Rainbow Trout 514 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/2015 Rainbow Trout 508 Greater than 6 inches
3/18/2015 Rainbow Trout 548 Greater than 6 inches
11/26/2014 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
10/7/2014 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
3/23/2014 Rainbow Trout 499 Greater than 6 inches
11/14/2013 Rainbow Trout 77 Greater than 6 inches
11/12/2013 Rainbow Trout 508 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/2008 Rainbow Trout 805 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/2008 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
6/26/2007 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches
11/13/2003 Steelhead 50 Adults
11/5/2002 Steelhead 50 Adults
12/5/2000 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
11/17/2000 Steelhead 50 Adults
11/2/2000 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
10/26/2000 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
9/21/2000 Rainbow Trout 810 Greater than 6 inches
5/19/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,575 Greater than 6 inches
3/29/2000 Rainbow Trout 930 Greater than 6 inches
3/7/2000 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
1/19/2000 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
12/7/1999 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
11/24/1999 Rainbow Trout 600 Greater than 6 inches
11/10/1999 Rainbow Trout 800 Greater than 6 inches
10/26/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
10/13/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
2/9/1999 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
1/19/1999 Rainbow Trout 520 Greater than 6 inches
12/14/1998 Rainbow Trout 625 Greater than 6 inches
11/16/1998 Rainbow Trout 750 Greater than 6 inches
10/20/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,890 Greater than 6 inches
10/7/1998 Rainbow Trout 1,085 Greater than 6 inches
4/13/1998 Brown Trout 9,840 Less than 6 inches
3/24/1998 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches
3/5/1998 Rainbow Trout 675 Greater than 6 inches
2/3/1998 Rainbow Trout 475 Greater than 6 inches
12/23/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
12/8/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,170 Greater than 6 inches
11/12/1997 Rainbow Trout 980 Greater than 6 inches
10/7/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
9/22/1997 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1997 Spring-Summer Chinook 30 Adults
7/24/1997 Spring-Summer Chinook 30 Adults
6/26/1997 Rainbow Trout 9,140 Less than 6 inches
6/17/1997 Brown Trout 19,400 Less than 6 inches
6/16/1997 Brown Trout 22,504 Less than 6 inches
11/24/1996 Steelhead 50 Adults
11/4/1996 Rainbow Trout 940 Greater than 6 inches
10/3/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,470 Greater than 6 inches
9/13/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,470 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1996 Rainbow Trout 19,575 Less than 6 inches
8/12/1996 Rainbow Trout 10,440 Less than 6 inches
7/26/1996 Rainbow Trout 1,960 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1996 Brown Trout 24,500 Less than 6 inches
11/7/1995 Steelhead 50 Adults
11/1/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
10/10/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,430 Greater than 6 inches
9/19/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,840 Greater than 6 inches
9/6/1995 Rainbow Trout 600 Adults
4/19/1995 Brown Trout 14,177 Less than 6 inches
4/18/1995 Brown Trout 25,024 Less than 6 inches
4/5/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
10/17/1994 Rainbow Trout 190 Adults
10/12/1994 Rainbow Trout 200 Adults
10/12/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/19/1994 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1994 Rainbow Trout 1,980 Greater than 6 inches
4/22/1994 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
4/20/1994 Brown Trout 8,360 Less than 6 inches
3/10/1994 Steelhead 100 Adults
1/12/1994 Rainbow Trout 484 Greater than 6 inches
10/7/1993 Rainbow Trout 60 Adults
10/6/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,013 Greater than 6 inches
9/22/1993 Rainbow Trout 2,013 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1993 Brown Trout 34,968 Less than 6 inches
3/8/1993 Steelhead 100 Adults
10/8/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,045 Greater than 6 inches
9/21/1992 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
5/18/1992 Brown Trout 9,020 Less than 6 inches
11/20/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/24/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,002 Greater than 6 inches
6/3/1991 Brown Trout 9,000 Less than 6 inches
11/13/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
10/24/1990 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Adults
10/30/1989 Steelhead 100 Adults
10/29/1989 Steelhead 50 Adults
7/19/1989 Rainbow Trout 914 Greater than 6 inches
4/11/1989 Brown Trout 10,115 Less than 6 inches
12/30/1988 Steelhead 76 Adults
9/2/1988 Rainbow Trout 80 Adults
9/2/1988 Rainbow Trout 386 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1988 Rainbow Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
8/25/1988 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
7/14/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,012 Greater than 6 inches
6/28/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,300 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,040 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/1988 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
3/15/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
3/4/1988 Rainbow Trout 700 Adults
10/22/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,310 Greater than 6 inches
9/16/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,155 Greater than 6 inches
8/26/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,485 Greater than 6 inches
8/11/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,480 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,170 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,595 Greater than 6 inches
7/7/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,160 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,925 Greater than 6 inches
6/16/1987 Rainbow Trout 2,030 Greater than 6 inches
6/4/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,250 Greater than 6 inches
5/15/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
10/8/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/16/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1986 Rainbow Trout 999 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,279 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1986 Brown Trout 50,000 Less than 6 inches
7/2/1986 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
7/1/1986 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
6/24/1986 Rainbow Trout 1,300 Less than 6 inches
5/23/1986 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
2/5/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,430 Greater than 6 inches
10/30/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,850 Greater than 6 inches
9/26/1985 Rainbow Trout 525 Greater than 6 inches
9/24/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,575 Greater than 6 inches
8/29/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1985 Rainbow Trout 875 Greater than 6 inches
7/23/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,060 Greater than 6 inches
7/2/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches
6/27/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
6/10/1985 Brown Trout 25,080 Less than 6 inches
5/17/1985 Rainbow Trout 1,020 Greater than 6 inches
5/9/1985 Brown Trout 24,976 Less than 6 inches
4/11/1985 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches
10/22/1984 Rainbow Trout 4,960 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1984 Rainbow Trout 6,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1984 Rainbow Trout 6,600 Greater than 6 inches
7/24/1984 Brown Trout 15,295 Less than 6 inches
7/27/1983 Rainbow Trout 5,120 Less than 6 inches
7/26/1983 Rainbow Trout 5,320 Greater than 6 inches
7/25/1983 Rainbow Trout 795 Less than 6 inches
7/9/1983 Brown Trout 29,700 Less than 6 inches
3/11/1983 Steelhead (Snake River - B Run) 196 Adults
9/8/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
8/25/1982 Rainbow Trout 5,600 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1982 Rainbow Trout 5,670 Less than 6 inches
8/9/1982 Rainbow Trout 990 Greater than 6 inches
8/6/1982 Rainbow Trout 4,030 Greater than 6 inches
7/16/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,840 Greater than 6 inches
6/21/1982 Brown Trout 30,400 Less than 6 inches
9/10/1981 Rainbow Trout 1,250 Greater than 6 inches
9/9/1981 Rainbow Trout 1,500 Greater than 6 inches
8/9/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1981 Rainbow Trout 1,440 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1981 Rainbow Trout 640 Greater than 6 inches
7/9/1981 Brown Trout 30,268 Less than 6 inches
6/18/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches
8/15/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,982 Greater than 6 inches
7/30/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,960 Greater than 6 inches
7/18/1980 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
7/14/1980 Brown Trout 5,265 Less than 6 inches
6/24/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,458 Greater than 6 inches
4/16/1980 Brown Trout 11,430 Less than 6 inches
4/14/1980 Rainbow Trout 820 Greater than 6 inches
4/8/1980 Brown Trout 26,465 Less than 6 inches
3/27/1980 Brown Trout 23,758 Less than 6 inches
9/20/1979 Rainbow Trout 9,860 Greater than 6 inches
9/10/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,960 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,070 Greater than 6 inches
8/8/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,715 Greater than 6 inches
7/10/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,680 Greater than 6 inches
6/18/1979 Rainbow Trout 2,626 Greater than 6 inches
4/2/1979 Brown Trout 15,104 Less than 6 inches
3/29/1979 Brown Trout 10,019 Less than 6 inches
3/23/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
3/21/1979 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
8/24/1978 Rainbow Trout 3,782 Less than 6 inches
7/31/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Less than 6 inches
6/6/1978 Brown Trout 3,388 Less than 6 inches
5/19/1978 Brown Trout 7,139 Less than 6 inches
4/14/1978 Brown Trout 12,469 Less than 6 inches
3/28/1978 Brown Trout 18,407 Less than 6 inches
11/21/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,125 Greater than 6 inches
11/14/1977 Rainbow Trout 7,505 Greater than 6 inches
7/29/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,288 Greater than 6 inches
6/14/1977 Rainbow Trout 1,530 Greater than 6 inches
3/24/1977 Brown Trout 44,264 Less than 6 inches
3/14/1977 Brown Trout 40,189 Less than 6 inches
12/8/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
9/29/1976 Rainbow Trout 3,800 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1976 Rainbow Trout 4,510 Less than 6 inches
8/10/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,074 Greater than 6 inches
7/22/1976 Brown Trout 20,382 Less than 6 inches
7/9/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
3/30/1976 Brown Trout 46,550 Less than 6 inches
10/10/1975 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches
9/29/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
9/25/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
9/12/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
8/4/1975 Rainbow Trout 2,050 Greater than 6 inches
4/4/1975 Brown Trout 31,440 Less than 6 inches
3/18/1975 Brown Trout 23,400 Less than 6 inches
2/28/1975 Rainbow Trout 5,220 Greater than 6 inches
10/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
10/24/1974 Rainbow Trout 7,770 Greater than 6 inches
9/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 9,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/27/1974 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Less than 6 inches
4/8/1974 Brown Trout 26,975 Less than 6 inches
12/6/1973 Rainbow Trout 8,820 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Less than 6 inches
7/10/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Less than 6 inches
6/22/1973 Brown Trout 12,554 Less than 6 inches
1/2/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
11/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches
10/5/1972 Rainbow Trout 5,880 Greater than 6 inches
9/28/1972 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
9/21/1972 Rainbow Trout 2,818 Greater than 6 inches
9/8/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,898 Greater than 6 inches
8/28/1972 Brown Trout 4,212 Less than 6 inches
7/20/1972 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
10/21/1971 Rainbow Trout 5,880 Greater than 6 inches
10/14/1971 Rainbow Trout 5,670 Greater than 6 inches
8/19/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,330 Greater than 6 inches
12/23/1970 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Greater than 6 inches
10/28/1970 Rainbow Trout 7,770 Greater than 6 inches
10/20/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,580 Adults
9/23/1970 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
9/22/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches
7/21/1970 Rainbow Trout 2,880 Greater than 6 inches
12/11/1969 Rainbow Trout 7,140 Greater than 6 inches
11/25/1969 Rainbow Trout 7,140 Greater than 6 inches
10/9/1969 Rainbow Trout 4,960 Greater than 6 inches
10/8/1969 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches
11/13/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
11/8/1968 Rainbow Trout 12,600 Greater than 6 inches
11/7/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Adults
10/17/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
10/10/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
8/26/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,755 Greater than 6 inches
7/26/1968 Rainbow Trout 12,240 Less than 6 inches
6/28/1968 Rainbow Trout 860 Greater than 6 inches
12/1/1967 Rainbow Trout 6,720 Greater than 6 inches
11/30/1967 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
11/9/1967 Rainbow Trout 4,320 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 Payette River.
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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