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Fishing Idaho's Lakes and Reservoirs

Spend a little time planning your trip to go lake fishing in Idaho because the type of game fish that you're after often will be specific to a particular lake. North Idaho specializes in big, deep lakes – scores of them – but the type of fish you catch in them will vary. Huge northern pike can be caught in Lake Coeur d'Alene, for example, and big lake trout will be found in Priest Lake and Lake Pend Oreille. Visit Idaho Fish and Game's fishing page for helpful information. Then, find a guide that fishes the lake you want to fish.

Elsewhere in Idaho, the Snake River and its tributaries contain many productive reservoirs that contain rainbow trout, kokanee, small-mouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, bluegill and walleye. Brownlee Reservoir near Cambridge and C.J. Strike Reservoir are two of the more popular waters for bass anglers. Henry's Lake in Eastern Idaho is a trophy rainbow trout destination. Bring your float tube and fins and catch one a big one.