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More than 38,000 Rainbow Trout to be Stocked in May

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the fish are biting! It’s time to grab your fishing gear and enjoy the nice weather! Over 38,000 catchable-size (10 to 12 inch) rainbow trout are headed to the Panhandle Region in May.

Stocking of all waters is tentative and dependent on river/lake/pond conditions (angler safety concerns); dates may change due to weather or staffing constraints.

Body of WaterWeek to be StockedNumber to be Stocked
Antelope LakeMay 2-6500
Bonner LakeMay 2-61,000
Brush lakeMay 2-61,200
Moose LakeMay 2-6500
Clark Fork Lodge PondMay 2-6180
Granite LakeMay 2-6900
Jewel LakeMay 2-62,700
Post Falls Park PondMay 2-61,000
Sinclair LakeMay 2-6500
Smith LakeMay 2-61,000
Solomon LakeMay 2-6450
Stoneridge ReservoirMay 2-6500
Cocolalla LakeMay 9-131,650
Fernan LakeMay 9-13800
Freeman LakeMay 9-13810
Kelso LakeMay 9-132,500
Lower Twin LakeMay 9-131,420
Round LakeMay 9-131,250
Lucky Friday PondMay 9-13450
Clee Creek PondMay 9-13375
Spicer PondMay 9-131,000
Fernan LakeMay 9-135,200
Day Rock PondMay 16-20500
Gene Day PondMay 16-201,000
Steamboat PondMay 16-201,000
Cocolalla LakeMay 16-201,650
Lower Twin LakeMay 16-201,420
Mirror LakeMay 16-201,080
Robinson LakeMay 16-201,080
Round LakeMay 16-201,250
Kelso LakeMay 16-202,500
Spicer PondMay 23-271,000

For maps of these fishing locations and other angling destinations in Idaho please visit the Idaho Fish Planner.

Many of the waters highlighted below are easy to access, family-friendly fishing destinations. All you need to get started is a fishing license and some basic tackle. Annual adult fishing licenses cost around $30, junior licenses (ages 14-17) cost $16, and youth under 14 fish for free.

To purchase a license:

Fishing for stocked rainbow trout, particularly in community ponds, is a great way to introduce new anglers to the sport by using simple (and relatively thrifty) set-ups like worm/marshmallow combinations or commercial baits like Power Bait or Crave, either near the bottom or below a bobber. The Learn to Fish webpage offers diagrams for basic bait rigs.

Most Idaho waters are open to fishing year-round, but some may have slightly different rules. Be sure to pick up a 2022-24 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules booklet, which outlines season dates, special regulations and bag limits at any Idaho Fish and Game offices or most sporting goods stores statewide.

Need a little help reading Idaho’s fishing regulations? Click here to view a short video on how to use the fishing season and rules book.

Contact the Panhandle Region office at (208) 769-1414 and follow us on the Panhandle Region Facebook page for regular news and updates.

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