Boise has a wealth of many things especially when it comes to outdoor activities. This includes fishing. There are many great places to fish in Boise itself. Some could even be right outside your front door. Outside of Boise, well, the whole state is your fishing playground. One important thing to remember is that in Idaho any person 14 years of age or older must have a valid fishing license.
Inside the Boise Area
There are at least eight fishing ponds in the Boise area. Most are found situated in local parks. Some of the parks and fishing ponds are geared toward children, but others are for any age groups. The following is only a few of the many places you can find to fish.
Quinn’s Pond is located in Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park. The pond can be accessed from Ester Simplot Park on Whitewater Boulevard. Motorized watercraft are not allowed on the Quinn’s pond, but it can be fished from the bank, a canoe, row boat, or kayak. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, and catfish.
Settlers Park Pond
Settlers Park Pond is a beautiful park that is mostly geared toward children. It is located at the corner of Meridian and Ustick roads. It has a water park and playground for the kids, restrooms, and picnic area. The pond is usually stocked with rainbow trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass.
McDevitt Pond is in McDevitt Sports Park which as the name suggests is a park built for varying kinds of sports including fishing. One of the predominant features of this park is a skateboarding facility. You can find the park on the corner of Eagle and McMillan Roads. The pond is stocked with mostly trout and bluegill with a limit of two trout that you are allowed to catch.
Parkcenter Park, located off of Parkcenter Boulevard in East Boise, has an 8-acre pond with a handicapped-accessible dock and public restrooms. Here you can fish for rainbow trout and bass with ease. You will also find bluegill, largemouth bass, and catfish but there also is a two-trout limit.
Riverside Pond is found at the corner of Glenwood Road and Riverside Drive. The abundance of shade trees makes for good fishing from the banks. Rainbow trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass reside in this pond.
The Boise River
The Boise River has many good places its banks from where you can conveniently fish. The East Boise footbridge is a popular place for fisherpersons. You will find Rainbow trout and brown trout there.
Veterans Pond is stocked with rainbow trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass. The pond is just a short distance from a playground and other park facilities along the Boise Greenbelt. The pond is found at Veterans Park on the corner of Veterans Parkway and State Street.
Merrill Park Pond
Merrill Park Pond is just north of the Boise River on Eagle Road. Merrill Pond has a wide variety of fish including several species of trout, bluegill, salmon, sturgeon, and largemouth bass and much more.
There are many places you can find some awesome fishing. In fact, there are so many great places that the experts cannot agree. Here a few of the highlights.
Swan Falls Dam
Swan Falls Dam is less than an hour’s drive from Boise. You will find smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and sturgeon there for the catching. Swan Falls Hydroelectric Dam is south of Kuna on the Snake River which creates the Swan Falls Reservoir and Recreation Area. It is reported that there are many downstream access points including Swan Falls Dam, Celebration Park, Marsing and Steck Park being the main access points. You will find several places to launch boats as well. It is a popular place for angler fishing.
The Snake River
The Snake River has many places to fish, some as close as a half hour drive. This river cuts across the entire state of Idaho, branching off of the Columbia River. There is an abundance of places where anglers and fly fisherpeople can deeper, wider and slower-moving areas of the river where a large variety of fish can be found. Whether you fish from the shore, from a boat or stand in the middle of the water with hip waders on, you will find an abundance of smallmouth bass, catfish, largemouth bass, panfish, carp and even trout.
Lake Cascade is just about an hour’s drive from Boise and is situated close to Donnelly and Cascade. If you wish to camp and fish, there are many campgrounds around the lake which are run by Idaho Parks and Recreation and the Forest Service. This lake is ideal for fishing no matter the season. Ice fishing is a popular activity during the winter. Lake Cascade boasts six boat launch ramps. In this lake, you will find bluegill, crappie, perch, bass, salmon and trout, but just be aware you will have some competition from other recreational activities such as swimming, water skiing and jet skis.
CJ Striker Reservoir
CJ Striker Reservoir is just a little over an hour drive from Boise between Grandview and Bruneau, Idaho. It is home to a wide variety of fish species such as several species of trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, perch, crappie, bluegill, sturgeon, and salmon species. CJ Strike Reservoir is considered one of the most accessible locations for fishing, camping, and other recreational activities.
Some other great places not very far from Boise that you might find the fishing to be excellent is Arrowrock Reservoir and Lake Lowell. This list of places to fish, I’m sure is just a drop in the proverbial bucket of excellent places to fish.
To find more information about fishing in Idaho, visit the Idaho Fish and Wildlife website. And, for information on local park fishing, go to the Parks and Recreation Websites of the various cities around Boise (Meridian, Eagle, Garden City, etc). There you will find several fishing guides: the IDFG fish identification guide, and the Idaho Species Catalog. You will also find regulations and restrictions, especially information about licensing as well as all the current stock information. Happy fishing!