Press Release

Rainbow trout stocking schedule for October in the Clearwater Region

Hatchery personnel from Fish and Game’s Clearwater Region will be stocking 32,400 catchable-sized rainbow trout in October. All stocking dates and numbers of fish are approximate.

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

Soldiers Meadows

Oct 3-7

3,000

Spring Valley Reservoir

Oct 3-7

3,500

Winchester Lake

Oct 10-14

9,000

Deer Creek Reservoir

Oct 10-14

2,100

Dworshak Reservoir

Oct 10-14

2,100

Elk Creek Reservoir

Oct 10-14

3,000

Moose Creek Reservoir

Oct 10-14

3,500

Deyo Reservoir

Oct 24-28

4,800

For maps of these Idaho fishing locations and other angling destinations please visit the Fish Planner.

Many of the state's waters 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 2022-2024 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.

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