Idaho is well-known and beloved for its excellent fishing. People from all over enjoy visiting the Gem State to experience some of the best fishing in the world. Even celebrities have come up to Idaho to spend their vacation fishing! With Boise being the capital of Idaho and being in a pretty central part of the state, there are absolutely some fantastic nearby locations that are ideal for those visiting the state capital who might want a bit of a relaxing getaway for a few hours.
One popular location just south of Boise is C.J. Strike Reservoir. It is loved by many because of its easy accessibility for automobiles and boats and great camping in addition to being an ideal place to fish. C.J. Strike is home to a wide variety of fish, including many types of trout, bass, catfish, perch, and sturgeon. There are droves of these and other types of fish to be found in the Reservoir, so whenever you go you will be able to see success. Its 6,759-acre area provides a lot of room for those who enjoy fishing out of a boat, and it conveniently has its launching facilities open year round!
If you travel west of Boise towards the Oregon border you will find Lake Lowell. In the vast 8,829 acres of water you can fish for catfish, trout, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon, but what Lake Lowell is perhaps best known for is bass fishing. There is such an abundance of largemouth bass in Lake Lowell that it is a must-visit for anyone who is a particular fan of bass fishing. In recent years Lake Lowell has become a favorite place to visit among bow fishermen as well, with many great areas to catch carp.
One of the biggest bodies of water in the state is Lake Cascade north of the city of Boise. With an acreage of 27,000, Lake Cascade is a popular place to take a trip to go swimming and jet-skiing, and also makes for excellent fishing, especially for those staying in the northern part of Boise. You’ll find many species here including crappie, salmon, bluegill, bass, and trout. If you want to go fishing over several days, Lake Cascade has many great camping spots as well.
A quick 10-mile trip southeast of Boise will bring you to Blacks Creek Reservoir. In this area, you will be able to catch a lot of bluegill and perch, but you might also run into largemouth bass and crappie. No matter what kind of fishing you are into, be it baitcasting, spinning, or fly fishing, you are likely to see success as Blacks Creek is filled with those hungry fish. It has even been a very popular ice fishing location, so if you are in Boise in the winter, be sure to put on warm clothes and take an ice fishing trip down to Blacks Creek.
Idaho City is a very small town. During the Idaho gold rush the city flourished, but now it mostly draws in Boise residents looking for a good place to catch some fish. Around the city are 48 different lakes that all make for stellar fishing, including North Star Lake, Karney Lakes, and Big and Little Roaring River Lakes. In addition to all those lakes is an abundance of creeks and streams to fish in.
Right in the city of Boise, you will find the Boise River. If you are already in the city this is a good place to take a quick fishing trip. Spring and Fall are great times to fish there as that is when it is freshly stocked with Rainbow trout. You will also find brown trout as well as a lot of bass and bluegill. The East Boise footbridge makes fishing at the Boise River easy to access, but there are also quite a few local parks (Redwood Park, Parkcenter Park, Veteran’s Park Pond, and Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park) that you can fish in the river from, so no matter where you are in the city you can take a trip to the river. A drive to Mountain Home will bring you to the South Fork of the River, the most popular area to fish along the river.
Right there in the area close to the city are several other great places to fish that don’t require you to travel outside of the city. One of the more popular spots in the area is Settlers Park Pond in Meridian. Very easy to access, the pond is home to an abundance of bluegill, rainbow trout, and largemouth bass. It is stocked seasonally with rainbow trout, making it a nice easy spot to just go out for a couple hours and catch some fish. If you are in the Meridian area, another great place to go fishing is the McDevitt Pond. If you just plan on fishing for a brief time, McDevitt Pond is a great place to be, as it is in the city and there is a park where you can find many other enjoyable activities to fill your summer day. You’ll find much of the same appeal in the Merrill Pond area in Eagle. It is a nice looking pond that is regularly stocked with fish. It is a great option if you just want to have some peaceful scenery as you fish from the shore. It is also the ideal place for a serene picnic, so you can make a nice fun afternoon out of it.
You can see why the Gem state is such a famous place to go fishing! Anywhere you go in the state will be in close proximity to a great fishing location. Even Boise as you can see, which is as much of a city as the state gets, is surrounded by fantastic fishing spots. Whether you want to just take a day fishing trip in the city, or you want to go on a relaxing drive to a good spot, or if you want to camp out and spend several days fishing, there are plenty of options to choose from in the Boise area!