Top Places for Bass Fishing in Idaho

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Idaho
Photo Courtesy of Steve Carpenteri

There's plenty of bass fishing in Idaho. There are some 20 major lakes with populations of bass from American Falls Reservoir to Spirit Lake. The Idaho state-record largemouth was caught at Anderson Lake and the record smallmouth came from Dworshak Reservoir.

Snake River


The Snake River is the defining geographical feature of Idaho. Bass fishermen will find a wide variety of habitat options along the river including deep pools and wide eddies with plenty of structure.



The Snake River flows into Idaho from Wyoming in a northwest direction, turning sharply south at a point some 20 miles north of Idaho Falls. It then makes follows an arc across the entire state, meeting the state of Oregon and forming a joint border with it through Hells Canyon. The river forms Idaho's border with Washington for a few more miles before turning west at Lewiston.


Anderson Lake

Anderson Ranch Reservoir on the Boise River is 17 miles long with 50 miles of shoreline. Access is year-round on a paved road. Other roads in the area are dirt or gravel.


Bass anglers are advised to fish deep and slow. Jigs and plastic baits may be the best bet for largemouth bass in deeper water. Try fishing sinking jerk baits close to shore and near structure.

Dworshak Reservoir

Dworshak Reservoir is 54 miles long with 19,000 surface acres of water. Its dam is the tallest straight axis concrete dam in North America. Amenities include a campground with full service camp sites, three primitive campgrounds and primitive campsites on isolated coves doted around the lake. There are four day-use areas with floating public toilets and recreation docks.

Dworshak currently holds the state record for smallmouth bass. Use jigs or deep-diving crankbaits to reach fish in deep water off points, drop-offs and near rocky structure.

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