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The Best Fishing in Idaho

Looking for the best fishing in Idaho? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Idaho. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top fishing spots in and near Idaho

  • Stanley, Idaho

    Paddle on Stanley Lake

    5.0
    Stanley Lake is an Idaho alpine lake located at the base of the magnificent Sawtooth Mountains in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The lake is about 7 miles from the historic town of Stanley, Idaho and just over an hour from popular Sun Valley, Idaho.Our photography and hiking adventure cap...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Lake via Petit Trail

    5.0
    11.97 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Alice Lake is a must-see, jaw-dropping alpine lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Whether it's a day hike or a multiple night backpacking trip, it surely won't disappoint. Put on the Idaho playlist, we're headed to Stanley! In Stanley, hang right at the T in the road and continue 17 miles south alo...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Hike Redfish Lake to Alpine Lake

    5.0
    11.4 mi / 1800 ft gain
    Just south of the beautiful town of Stanley, Idaho lays one of coolest lakes in the region: Redfish Lake. Redfish is a banana shaped lake that boasts some of the most epic camping spots in all of Idaho. Using this area as home base, there's countless adventures within just a few miles. One of the...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

    5.0
    6.8 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The cost is $7.50 per person each way and is payable at the marina. The boat ride is approximately 7 minutes each way.Once across the lake at its southern end (Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp), hike the ...
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  • Cascade, Idaho

    Camp at Blue Lake

    4.8
    Blue Lake is a great spot to spend a night next to the lake but is also the perfect escape if you're looking to get away for just the day. The stars at night are worth the trip alone, as it's far away from light pollution. It gets a little windy sometimes but there is plenty of cover and trees to...
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  • Elmore County, Idaho

    Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

    4.5
    In just over an hour, you can leave downtown Boise and arrive above Arrowrock Reservoir in a location so unique that you won't believe you're still in Idaho. The South Fork of the Boise River provides excitement for campers, wildlife lovers, and outdoor goers. Although I just visited for the firs...
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  • Boise County, Idaho

    Hike to Jennie Lake

    4.0
    Perhaps one of the best beginner-esque lake hikes closest to Boise, making your way to Jennie Lake can either be packed-in overnight or and out-and-back day hike. You'll be delighted by the secluded ambiance of the lake and the cool mountain breeze rushing through the pines.Getting There: Make yo...
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  • Saint Charles, Idaho

    Hike to Bloomington Lake

    4.8
    0.5 mi
    Bloomington Lake is deep in the mountains West of a small town called Bloomington. The road from the town to Bloomington Lake is a narrow dirt road. It takes about 35 minutes to take this road and most cars should be able to handle it. There's plenty of parking at the trailhead and some bathrooms...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Camp at Redfish Lake

    4.4
    There are plenty of camping spots all within walking distance of the lake or the outlet stream. There are also tons of hikes in the surrounding Sawtooth Mountain Range. The lake is known for its historic Sockeye Salmon runs. The lake is very close to Stanley Idaho and leads into the salmon river....
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Cramer Lakes

    4.5
    15 mi / 1900 ft gain
    Before beginning this hike, you'll want to take the ferry from the Redfish Lake Lodge to the other side of the lake, where the trailhead is. From there, you'll progress along the valley floor, following the Redfish Lake Inlet as towering Sawtooths rise up on both sides. During the first few miles...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes

    5.0
    10 mi
    The Sawtooth mountain range consists of hundreds, maybe thousands, of small, crystal clear lakes. Because of the sheer number of lakes, there are many destinations where the foot traffic is considerably low. Most weekend packers will stick to the familiar: they find themselves hiking to Sawtooth ...
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  • McCall, Idaho

    Soak in Burgdorf Hot Springs

    3.0
    Burgdorf, Idaho's backcountry oasis, features several rentable cabins located about 30 miles north of McCall. Each season provides its own outdoor opportunity, and Burgdorf provides an epic hub in which to enjoy them.To get there from Boise, drive through McCall and hang a right after the Shore L...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop

    5.0
    25.17 mi / 2300 ft gain
    The Alice/Toxaway Loop is a standard loop in the Sawtooth Mountains, ID.  The basic route is around 20 miles and takes 2-3 days.  This trip report will outline our Aug 2016 trip and also give multiple options for you to use your own imagination when coming up with your own route.  Below is my tak...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Imogene Lake

    5.0
    13 mi / 1700 ft gain
    You will want to turn onto NF-209 off of highway 75, about 10 miles outside of Stanley, Idaho. You will then turn left onto 315, and you can either park at the lower or upper trail head for trail 097. When you park at the lower, you will be trekking 9 miles. If you choose the upper, you will be t...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes

    4.7
    11 mi / 2900 ft gain
    Based in Grandjean, one of the lesser utilized access points to the Sawtooth mountains, this trailhead is one of the most accessible in the range. A short trek on a dirt road, smooth for even Prius standards, off the highway is the gateway to mountainous adventure.The hike starts at 5200' above s...
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  • Mackay, Idaho

    Hike to Kane Lake

    4.7
    6.8 mi / 1717 ft gain
    This hike into the Pioneer Mountain Range starts out in a small meadow near Kane Creek, which you will follow for nearly the whole hike. Once you hit the forested area the uphill climb begins and doesn't stop until you get to the lake. About half way up the trail will begin taking you through roc...
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