Good fishing is always nearby in Idaho. Idaho's rivers, streams and lakes
hold more than 40 species of gamefish, including trout, salmon, bass,
perch and pike. With such opportunity, it's easy to see why fishing is
so popular in Idaho. One out of every four Idaho residents has a fishing
license. Another 200,000 non-residents also buy licenses.
Some Idaho rivers are world-famous. Anglers come from all corners of the
globe to eastern Idaho's Henry's Fork of the Snake River. The rainbow
trout are incredibly wary, so fortunate is the angler who tricks a trophy
trout into taking a fly. Other famous fly fishing waters include Silver
Creek, the South Fork of the Snake River, Kelly Creek, the Big Wood River
and the Saint Joe.
There is nothing quite like
the thrill of catching a steelhead. These monster fish fight like crazy
and are capable of stripping hundreds of yards of line from a reel. Steelheading
isn't for everyone, however. Steelhead fishing is done in cold weather
in early spring, late fall and winter.
Every autumn, a ritual repeats itself. As bull elk round up their harems,
hunters take to the field. Armed with rifles and bows, they hope to bag
a Boone and Crockett bull or simply put meat in the freezer. With more than
35-million acres of public land, there are plenty of places to stalk deer,
elk, moose, antelope, bear, cougar, bighorn sheep and mountain goats.
Although waterfowl populations
are declining in other parts of the country, they are holding steady in
Idaho, giving duck and goose hunters plenty of opportunity.
Upland game bird hunting is also popular in Idaho. Hunters and their dogs
regularly take to the field to bag pheasant, chukar partridge, quail, turkey,
grouse and doves.