Time to shake off the cabin fever and enjoy the warming weather by visiting one of our many stocked fishing locations. Fish and Game staff will be placing 7,600 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) trout into the following bodies of water across the Upper Snake Region this April.
|Body of Water||Week to be Stocked||Number to be Stocked|
|Rexburg City Ponds||April 4-8||1,200|
|Snake River||April 4-8||1,200|
|Ryder Park Riverside Pond||April 11-15||1,000|
|Becker Pond||April 11-15||1,000|
|Ryder Park Riverside Pond||April 18-22||1,000|
|Becker Pond||April 18-22||1,000|
|Snake River (@ Johns Hole and South Tourist Park)||April 18-22||1,200|
Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions; dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.
For maps of these fishing locations and other angling destinations in Idaho please visit the Idaho Fish Planner.
Many of the waters highlighted are easy to access, family-friendly fishing destinations. All you need to get started is a fishing license and some basic tackle. Annual adult fishing licenses cost around $30, junior licenses (ages 14-17) cost $16, and youth under 14 fish for free. Click here to buy a license.
Fishing for stocked rainbow trout, particularly in community ponds, is a great way to introduce new anglers to the sport by using simple (and relatively thrifty) set-ups like worm/marshmallow combinations or commercial baits like Power Bait or Crave, either near the bottom or below a bobber. The Learn to Fish webpage offers diagrams for basic bait rigs.
Most Idaho waters are open to fishing year-round, but some may have slightly different rules. Be sure to pick up a 2019-21 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules Booklet, which outlines season dates, special regulations and bag limits at any Idaho Fish and Game offices or most sporting goods stores statewide.
Need a little help reading Idaho's fishing regulations? Click here to view a short video on how to use the fishing season and rules book.