Follow up Question: How come there are no brook trout lakes identified in the Sawtooth area?

I had already followed your directions but when you do a search as you describe below to find brook trout in the Southwest Region, none of the lakes in the Sawtooth mountains are identified. I have heard about a few lakes in the Sawtooth wilderness that have populations of brook trout but they do not show up when I do a search under other trout.
Thanks,
MM
Even though IDFG doesn't stock brook trout now, why don't you include them in the historical stocking data?
When I search for lakes that were previously stocked with brook trout there is no information. I know brook trout are a non-desired species in Idaho but I would like to be able to find out what lakes were stocked with brook trout in the past. It seems that IDFG doesn't want to aknowledge that brook trout were ever stocked in Idaho.
Your response:
They are included in the database - you just need to do some sluthing. Here is an example: 1) Select Panhandle Region; 2) select records for 1967 to present; 3) click on "other trout;" 4) highlight "Antelope Lake; 5) and now click "search." You will see 2,111 fingerling brook trout were stocked on 5/16/1997 in Antelope Lake.
We stocked brook trout in numerous lakes and streams throughout Idaho in the 1930's. They did so well, they displaced rainbow trout and other native species in many waters. Brook trout are voracious predators and will over-populate leading to a stunted and undesirable population. They also interbreed with native ESA listed bull trout and produce sterile offspring - which decreases the bull trout population.
We've recently pioneered a way to produce sterile brook trout in our hatchery system. You will probably see these fish planted in future years where they will provide a fishery without damaging native fish populations.
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Answer: 

A number of the lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area have brook trout populations.  You are not finding them when searching in the Southwest Region because they are all on the Stanley side of the Sawtooths and in the Fish and Game Salmon Region.
Here is a list of lakes in the Salmon Region with Brook Trout populations from the Fishing Planner:
Your searchIDFG Region = Region 7 - Salmon,Cold water fish species = Brook Trout,
Returned the following Waters:
 
 
Alpine Creek
 
Tributary of Alturas Lake Creek
Alpine Creek Lake #14
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Alturas Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Alturas Lake Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Anderson Creek
 
Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Arnett Creek
 
Tributary of Napias Creek
Asher Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Banner Creek
 
Tributary of Cape Horn Creek
Bayhorse Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Bear Valley Creek
 
Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Beaver Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Beaver Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Big Casino Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Big Creek
 
Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Big Springs Creek
 
Tributary of Lemhi River
Birdseye Creek
 
Tributary of Silver Creek
Bohannon Creek
 
Tributary of Lemhi River
Born Lakes
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Burnt Creek
 
Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Burnt Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Buster Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Cabin Creek
 
Tributary of Panther Creek
Cabin Creek
 
Tributary of Perkins Lake
Cabin Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Camp Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Camp Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Cape Horn Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Casino Lakes
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Challis Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Champion Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Champion Lakes
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Champion Lakes
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Crooked Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Crystal Creek
 
Tributary of Beaver Creek
Dahlonega Creek
 
Tributary of North Fork Salmon River
East Fork Valley Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Eddy Creek
 
Tributary of Challis Creek
Elk Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Elk Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Fisher Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Fishhook Creek
 
Tributary of Redfish Lake
Flat Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Fourth of July Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Fourth of July Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Fourth of July Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Frenchman Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Garden Creek
 
Tributary of Hannah Slough
Garden Creek
 
Tributary of Panther Creek
Goat Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Gold Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Goldberg Creek
 
Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Hell Roaring Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Hell Roaring Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Horse Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Huckleberry Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Hull Creek
 
Tributary of North Fork Salmon River
Iron Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Iron Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Iron Lake #1
 
Middle Salmon-Panther Basin
Knapp Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Knapp Lake #10
 
Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #11
 
Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #3
 
Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #9
 
Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Lake Creek
 
Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Lake Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Lemhi River
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Little Casino Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Lost Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Lost Creek Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Marsh Creek
 
Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Marten Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Meadow Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Meadow Creek
 
Tributary of Goat Creek
Morgan Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Mosquito Flat Reservoir
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Moyer Creek
 
Tributary of Panther Creek
Opal Creek
 
Tributary of Panther Creek
Pahsimeroi River
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Panther Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Perkins Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Pole Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Porphyry Creek
 
Tributary of Panther Creek
Prospect Creek
 
Tributary of Warm Springs Creek
Rabbit Creek
 
Tributary of Napias Creek
Rainbow Creek
 
Tributary of Pole Creek
Rapps Creek
 
Tributary of Arnett Creek
Redfish Lake Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Rough Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Salmon River
East Fork Salmon River to Headwaters
Tributary of Snake River
Salmon River
North Fork Salmon River to East Fork Salmon River
Tributary of Snake River
Sharkey Creek
 
Tributary of Napias Creek
Silver Creek
 
Tributary of Camas Creek
Slate Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Smiley Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Smithy Creek
 
Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Squaw Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Squaw Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Stanley Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Stanley Lake
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Stanley Lake Creek
 
Tributary of Valley Creek
Swamp Creek
 
Tributary of Owl Creek
Texas Creek
 
Tributary of Lemhi River
Thatcher Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Thompson Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Threemile Creek
 
Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Trap Creek
 
Tributary of Meadow Creek
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #1
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #2
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #3
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Vader Creek
 
Tributary of Marsh Creek
Valley Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Valley Creek Lake #1
 
Upper Salmon Basin
Vat Creek
 
Tributary of Alturas Lake Creek
Warm Springs Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
West Fork Morgan Creek
 
Tributary of Morgan Creek
White Valley Creek
 
Tributary of Challis Creek
Williams Creek
 
Tributary of Salmon River
Williams Lake
 
Middle Salmon-Panther Basin
Winnemucca Creek
 
Tributary of Beaver Creek
Yankee Fork
 
Tributary of Salmon River

 

 

 

Answered on: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 4:54 PM MDT