Press Release

Fish stocking continues statewide, and here are some highlights for June

June is a popular month for anglers and F&G provides lots of fish

Idaho Fish and Game has continued stocking fish during COVID-19, and despite this being an abnormal year, most of Idaho's angling opportunities remain unchanged. Here's a sampling of some places that will get generous trout stockings during June.

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To see more about what waters have been stocked, go our the Fish Stocking webpage. 

Panhandle Region

Fernan Lake – 5,200 Rainbow Trout. A popular fishing spot 10 minutes from downtown Coeur d'Alene, anglers of all abilities can enjoy fishing from floating docks, miles of shoreline, or from boats on this lake.

Kelso Lake – 2,500 Rainbow Trout. With easy access to this quiet forested lake, you will find good fishing opportunities from a large dock. It's a great place for a small boat, kayak or canoe along Idaho Birding Trail 14 - bring your binoculars!

Elsie Lake – 1,350 Rainbow Trout. Offering excellent fishing for anglers of all levels, you will also find a beautiful setting. It's a drive-to mountain lake but the road is mountainous and rough.


Clearwater Region

Deer Creek Reservoir – 2,500 Tiger Trout. This beautiful mountain reservoir was built specifically for trout fishing. Boaters, please observe the no-wake restriction. Home of the state record tiger trout!

Campbell’s Pond – 2,000 Rainbow Trout. This is a scenic forest pond where anglers can expect good catch rates of rainbow trout. Good fishing can be had from the bank with several docks, including one handicap-accessible dock, and a developed boat ramp.

Spring Valley Reservoir – 4,200 Rainbow Trout. Surrounded by rolling hills and trees, there is also a trail that surrounds the reservoir. In addition, fishing docks and platforms increase shoreline access. Gas motors are not allowed. This is Stop 35 on the Idaho Birding Trail!


Southwest Region 

South Fork Payette River – 3,500 Rainbow Trout.

Bull Trout Lake – 1,000 Rainbow Trout. This lake is nestled in the pines above Banner Summit. While anglers can easily fish from the shore, this lake is ideal for canoes, kick boats and float tubes.


Southwest Region (McCall area)

Horsethief Reservoir – 7,500 Rainbow Trout. This reservoir has everything for a memorable fishing weekend - a beautiful lake in the trees and good fishing!

Payette Lake – 10,000 Rainbow Trout. 

Warm Lake – 15,000 Rainbow Trout.


Magic Valley Region

Little Wood Reservoir – 6,000 Rainbow Trout. This reservoir provides great trout fishing and a retreat from the heat in an upland desert setting.

Camas Kids Pond – 1,500 Rainbow Trout. This is a small, scenic pond near Fairfield. The Centennial Marsh and Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area are nearby and provide great bird watching opportunities.

Penny Lake – 1,000 Rainbow Trout. Great rustic fishing on a small pond! Penny Lake also offers hiking and biking opportunities.


Southeast Region

Bannock Reservoir – 1,000 Rainbow Trout. Located within the Portneuf Wellness Complex near the County Fairgrounds in Pocatello, this community park offers good trout fishing. Multiple docks provide fishing access around the 5-acre pond.

Montpelier Reservoir – 1,000 Tiger Trout. This reservoir offers angling opportunity for a variety of fish species in a peaceful rural setting. 


Upper Snake Region

Camas Creek – 750 Rainbow Trout. This was a new stocking location beginning in 2019. Come experience what it has to offer.

Henrys Fork – 10,000 Rainbow Trout. World Famous for trout fishing! The river is suitable for wade fishing, bank fishing and fishing from a boat.

Birch Creek – 3,400 Rainbow Trout. A productive spring creek in a high desert basin, this small stream is ideal for kids and less experienced anglers. Rainbow trout are stocked heavily around access areas and wild brook trout are fairly common.


Salmon Region

Salmon River – Sections #5-8 will be stocked with a total of 8,800 Rainbow Trout.

Stanley Lake – 4,200 Rainbow Trout. This is a popular spot known for its breathtaking view of the Sawtooth Mountains. It offers great fishing and places for kids to explore nature.

Alturas Lake – 3,480 Rainbow Trout. 

See more about Fish and Game's trout stocking program: