I have been fishing for trout since I was old enough to walk. Actually I could say I have been fishing since I was knee high to a grasshopper, but that makes me sound old and I don’t think I am old, so I won’t say it. However, I will say that most of my experiences of fishing for trout have happened in the great state of Idaho, which has some of the best places for catching rainbow trout.
What You Need When Fishing-
- Fishing license
- Rules and regulations
- A good fishing hole
How to get a Fishing License: If you are a resident of Idaho you will need to pick up what is called a Resident License. Currently an Adult Resident License will cost you $25.75 and is available at the Fish and Game office or at places where fishing tackle is sold. Proof of residency is required to purchase a license. For proof of residency you will have to show them your driver’s license, or an Idaho Identification Card issued by the Department of Transportation, or two documents with your name and address on it such as your last six month’s rent/mortgage receipts, 6 month’s utility bills, or proof of voter registration dated 6 months back or a notarized statement from an employer on their business letterhead. A nonresident adult fishing license will cost $98.25 for one year or $12.75 for one day with consecutive days being an additional $6 per day. A nonresident youth fishing license for ages 14 to 17 currently costs $21.75 a year. A Resident Disabled License is $5.
Know the Rules and Regulations for Idaho: Where you purchase your fishing license will have the rules and regulations from the Idaho Fish and Game Department. Make sure you get a copy of this and study it well. Be sure to completely obey these rules. This will be your bible for fishing. It will tell you where and when and how and what to fish. See the online rules.
Call it Tackle: Unless you can catch a fish with your bare hands (I can’t) you need tackle. Tackle is the word for gear. If you are an angler (you know a worm and hook kind of guy) then you need a fishing pole, a reel, fishing line, hooks, sinkers, and connectors. Here is a good list of what you need when fishing for trout and be prepared to actually catch some fish:
- Cooler with ice to keep your fish in
- Needle Nosed Pliers to remove the hook from the fish
- Sharp knife to gut your fish and cut your line
- Ruler to measure your fish
- 5 to 6 foot rod
- A reel with monofilament fishing line (4 to 8 lb.)
- Hooks, weights, and a bobber
I like the closed-faced reels that have a thumb button to release and stop the line. These supplies can be bought in stores that carry sportsman equipment. The most important part of your gear is a copy of the regulations.
Taking to the Bait: If you don’t have the right bait you won’t catch any fish. I like fishing with eggs or worms (you can buy night crawlers most places) but I have a few favorite lures. If the fish are not biting then try something else.
Now Go Find a Good Fishing Hole: This is not hard in Idaho. However every place has its own set of rules. Know the rules before you fish.
Here are some streams to cast your hook in:
–Birch Creek – Is found along Idaho State Highway 28 between Mud Lake and Leadore. The size of the stream is ideal for kids and older anglers. Anyone can catch a rainbow trout there. You can camp at this no-fee camp ground while you fish.
–Henry’s Lake Outlet and Tributaries – Find your way up highway 20/I-93 also known as the Yellowstone Highway thru Eastern Idaho all the way north to Island Park which is the Idaho side of Yellowstone Park and you will find some really fine fishing. Check this site out.
–Warm River-Is North East of Ashton. Best way to find it is to head north on Highway 20 until you come to Ashton and then turn east on Hwy 47. Stop at the bridge that crosses Warm River and feed the fish. There is no fishing on the east side of the bridge. The Warm River gets its name from its temperature. It never freezes. Fishing is really good here as seen in this video.
–South Fork of the Snake River– Starting at the Palisades dam in Eastern Idaho the South Fork is a favorite fishing for many fly fishermen. It is also good fishing for the angler. It flows thru the little communities of Swan Valley and Ririe until it meets up with the Henry’s Fork and becomes the Snake River.
–Blackfoot River-Find Highway 91, also known as the Yellowstone Highway, in Eastern Idaho and just south of the little community of Firth take 600 North heading east into the foothills. Just past where the road for the Wolverine Canyon forks off to the left you will see to your right the Blackfoot River. The road follows it along all the way to the Blackfoot Reservoir. There’s good fishing in this are here.