Payette River

Tributary of the Snake River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Payette River in Boise, Gem and Payette Counties is 75.0 miles in length is 75.0 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
1988/08/25 Rainbow Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
1988/08/25 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 500 Less than 6 inches
1978/08/24 Rainbow Trout 3,782 Less than 6 inches
1978/07/31 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Less than 6 inches
1978/06/06 Brown Trout 3,388 Less than 6 inches
1978/05/19 Brown Trout 7,139 Less than 6 inches
1978/04/14 Brown Trout 12,469 Less than 6 inches
1978/03/28 Brown Trout 18,407 Less than 6 inches
1977/11/21 Rainbow Trout 5,125 Greater than 6 inches
1977/11/14 Rainbow Trout 7,505 Greater than 6 inches
1977/07/29 Rainbow Trout 2,288 Greater than 6 inches
1977/06/14 Rainbow Trout 1,530 Greater than 6 inches
1977/03/24 Brown Trout 44,264 Less than 6 inches
1977/03/14 Brown Trout 40,189 Less than 6 inches
1976/12/08 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches
1976/09/29 Rainbow Trout 3,800 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/19 Rainbow Trout 4,510 Less than 6 inches
1976/08/10 Rainbow Trout 2,074 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/22 Brown Trout 20,382 Less than 6 inches
1976/07/09 Rainbow Trout 2,035 Greater than 6 inches
1976/03/30 Brown Trout 46,550 Less than 6 inches
1975/10/10 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches
1975/09/29 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
1975/09/25 Rainbow Trout 2,100 Greater than 6 inches
1975/09/12 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/04 Rainbow Trout 2,050 Greater than 6 inches
1975/04/04 Brown Trout 31,440 Less than 6 inches
1975/03/18 Brown Trout 23,400 Less than 6 inches
1975/02/28 Rainbow Trout 5,220 Greater than 6 inches
1974/10/27 Rainbow Trout 2,520 Greater than 6 inches
1974/10/24 Rainbow Trout 7,770 Greater than 6 inches
1974/09/27 Rainbow Trout 9,450 Greater than 6 inches
1974/08/27 Rainbow Trout 1,820 Less than 6 inches
1974/04/08 Brown Trout 26,975 Less than 6 inches
1973/12/06 Rainbow Trout 8,820 Greater than 6 inches
1973/08/13 Rainbow Trout 2,700 Less than 6 inches
1973/07/10 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Less than 6 inches
1973/06/22 Brown Trout 12,554 Less than 6 inches
1973/01/02 Rainbow Trout 3,120 Greater than 6 inches
1972/11/14 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches
1972/10/05 Rainbow Trout 5,880 Greater than 6 inches
1972/09/28 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
1972/09/21 Rainbow Trout 2,818 Greater than 6 inches
1972/09/08 Rainbow Trout 1,898 Greater than 6 inches
1972/08/28 Brown Trout 4,212 Less than 6 inches
1972/07/20 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
1971/10/21 Rainbow Trout 5,880 Greater than 6 inches
1971/10/14 Rainbow Trout 5,670 Greater than 6 inches
1971/08/19 Rainbow Trout 3,330 Greater than 6 inches
1970/12/23 Rainbow Trout 5,940 Greater than 6 inches
1970/10/28 Rainbow Trout 7,770 Greater than 6 inches
1970/10/20 Rainbow Trout 2,580 Adults
1970/09/23 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
1970/09/22 Rainbow Trout 2,640 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/21 Rainbow Trout 2,880 Greater than 6 inches
1969/12/11 Rainbow Trout 7,140 Greater than 6 inches
1969/11/25 Rainbow Trout 7,140 Greater than 6 inches
1969/10/09 Rainbow Trout 4,960 Greater than 6 inches
1969/10/08 Rainbow Trout 5,250 Greater than 6 inches
1968/11/13 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches
1968/11/08 Rainbow Trout 12,600 Greater than 6 inches
1968/11/07 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Adults
1968/10/17 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
1968/10/10 Rainbow Trout 3,300 Greater than 6 inches
1968/08/26 Rainbow Trout 1,755 Greater than 6 inches
1968/07/26 Rainbow Trout 12,240 Less than 6 inches
1968/06/28 Rainbow Trout 860 Greater than 6 inches
1967/12/01 Rainbow Trout 6,720 Greater than 6 inches
1967/11/30 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
1967/11/09 Rainbow Trout 4,320 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits
 

Be aware of Fish Consumption Advisories associated with this waterbody. More information ca be found here.

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 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

  • Spring and summer Chinook Salmon seasons and limits are set 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 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 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 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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