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Outdoor activities semi- close to Boise: Fishing
March 29, 2022

The Boise River offers miles of fishing here in town along with parks throughout Boise and neighboring cities with ponds! You can probably find a pond to fish within just a couple miles from your house! Don’t forget the major rivers that extend outside of Boise we well. All waterways are viable for fishing. You just gotta find your favorite spot!

Fishing licenses are required. You can get a license over the phone, online, local vendors, or at a Fish and Game regional office

Contact: 1-800-554-8685

License Vendors:

Before you go: Purchase a yearly fishing license before you go, know the bag limit per fish species, download or review the Idaho Fish and Game rules and regulations before you go!

Fish that can be found in Southwest Idaho: Bass, Bluegill, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Crayfish, Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Trout, Whitefish

Swan Falls Dam: Located less than an hour from Boise. Species found: Smallmouth bass, Channel Catfish, Sturgeon

South Fork Boise River: Located about an hour from Boise. Species found: Rainbow Trout, Whitefish, Bull Trout

ArrowRock Reservoir: Located 30 minutes from Boise. Species found: Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Chinook Salmon, Smallmouth Bass

You can find a list of stocked fishing holes in and around the Treasure Valley at

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