The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the fish are biting! It's time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy the nice weather! Over 38,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout are headed to the Panhandle Region in May.
Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns); dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.
|Body of Water||Week to be Stocked||
Number to be Stocked
|Antelope Lake||May 2-6||500|
|Bonner Lake||May 2-6||1,000|
|Brush lake||May 2-6||1,200|
|Moose Lake||May 2-6||500|
|Clark Fork Lodge Pond||May 2-6||180|
|Granite Lake||May 2-6||900|
|Jewel Lake||May 2-6||2,700|
|Post Falls Park Pond||May 2-6||1,000|
|Sinclair Lake||May 2-6||500|
|Smith Lake||May 2-6||1,000|
|Solomon Lake||May 2-6||450|
|Stoneridge Reservoir||May 2-6||500|
|Cocolalla Lake||May 9-13||1,650|
|Fernan Lake||May 9-13||800|
|Freeman Lake||May 9-13||810|
|Kelso Lake||May 9-13||2,500|
|Lower Twin Lake||May 9-13||1,420|
|Round Lake||May 9-13||1,250|
|Lucky Friday Pond||May 9-13||450|
|Clee Creek Pond||May 9-13||375|
|Spicer Pond||May 9-13||1,000|
|Fernan Lake||May 9-13||5,200|
|Day Rock Pond||May 16-20||500|
|Gene Day Pond||May 16-20||1,000|
|Steamboat Pond||May 16-20||1,000|
|Cocolalla Lake||May 16-20||1,650|
|Lower Twin Lake||May 16-20||1,420|
|Mirror Lake||May 16-20||1,080|
|Robinson Lake||May 16-20||1,080|
|Round Lake||May 16-20||1,250|
|Kelso Lake||May 16-20||2,500|
|Spicer Pond||May 23-27||1,000|
For maps of these fishing locations and other angling destinations in Idaho please visit the Idaho Fish Planner.
Many of the waters highlighted below 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.
To purchase 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 2022-24 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.