Anglers, get ready. Several of Idaho’s lakes and ponds are soon going to swell with Idaho Fish and Game stocking over 10,850 catchable-sized rainbow trout this November. Wondering if the stocking trucks are going to be backing up to your favorite fishing hole? We asked our Fish and Game hatchery staff to boil down some of the most notable stocking highlights coming to your local fishery this month.
Many of these fisheries 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. Go to Fish and Game's online vendor to buy a license.
Fishing for stocked rainbow trout can be a great way to introduce budding anglers to the sport by using simple, inexpensive set-ups like worm/marshmallow combinations or commercial baits like PowerBait® or Crave, placed either near the bottom or below a bobber; and as anglers know, there’s nothing quite like a trout fighting on the end of your line. 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 – available at any Idaho Fish and Game office or most sporting goods stores statewide – or download online to look at season dates, special regulations and bag limits.
November 2021 Fish Stocking Highlights
Caldwell Rotary Pond | 1,000 Rainbow Trout
Located in a park-like setting, this pond offers lots of bank fishing and provides young anglers easy access to fish for rainbows, bluegills and bass. A dock is available so visitors of every mobility level can enjoy the fishing.
Dick Knox Pond | 800 Rainbow Trout
Located just south of the corner of West Sales Yard and Airport roads in Emmett, this pond gives anglers the chance to pursue a wide variety of fish species. Pond amenities include five floating docks – one ADA accessible, two restrooms, a boat launch and ample parking.
Eagle Island Park Pond | 450 Rainbow Trout
Located west of Eagle within Eagle Island State Park, this pond is easily accessible. The park offers many recreation options. State park rules and fees apply.
Horseshoe Bend Mill Pond | 900 Rainbow Trout
Just north of town, this pond features easy access and productive fishing for bass and trout in a pleasant setting. This pond is one of more than seventy waters designated as Family Fishing Waters in Idaho. These waters have been established to make it easier for families to go and enjoy fishing. The rules are simple and there are lots of fish to catch.
Kleiner Pond | 900 Rainbow Trout
Located within Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, there is a large fishing platform and plenty of shoreline access. This is a family-friendly water with paved paths and full-feature city park activities.
Legacy Park Pond | 350 Rainbow Trout
Also known as Mountain Home Pond, this great little fishing pond is located in the heart of Legacy Park.
Parkcenter Pond | 700 Rainbow Trout
Conveniently located near downtown Boise, the greenbelt and the BSU campus, this pond is a popular local fishing spot with a paved path alongside docks and tables with maturing trees.
Payette Greenway Pond | 450 Rainbow Trout
This easily accessible pond along the Payette River offers partially paved access and a variety of fishing options. Near the confluence of the Payette and Snake, this gives anglers the choice of fishing the pond or either river.
Riverside Pond | 900 Rainbow Trout
A quiet neighborhood pond right off the Boise Greenbelt, it’s tucked into the trees off Glenwood Road and offers good bank fishing and a large fishing dock.
Weiser Community Pond | 500 Rainbow Trout
This community pond offers an easily accessible shoreline and dock fishing near the Weiser River.
Magic Valley Region
Filer Kids Pond and Filer Pond | 900 Rainbow Trout
These two ponds are a quick drive from Twin Falls. Both feature excellent access with regular trout stocking. Kids Pond is open to kids 12 and under and Filer Pond is open to anglers of any age.
Freedom Park Pond | 1,000 Rainbow Trout
Located in Burley, this trout pond was built with young kids in mind. Take a break from hunting and get the kids out fishing!
McTucker Pond | 1,000 Rainbow Trout
Surrounded by willows and large cottonwood trees, there are many places for kids to fish at this large pond which is located west of Blackfoot.
Hayden Creek Pond | 600 Rainbow Trout
Here is a family friendly fishing area in the high desert along Hayden Creek. Anglers will find ample bank fishing opportunities and a dock for anglers with limited mobility.
Hyde Creek Pond | 400 Rainbow Trout
This small irrigation pond is surrounded by sagebrush. The open site and level terrain provide ideal bank fishing for beginning anglers and those who want to practice casting techniques.