Largemouth and smallmouth bass were introduced to Idaho in the late 1800s. According to Idaho Fish and Game, as of 2009, the state record for largemouth bass is 10 lbs., 15 oz. caught in Anderson Lake; the smallmouth bass record is 9 lbs., 11.5 oz. caught in Dworshak Reservoir.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are abundant in Idaho. Largemouth bass are mostly found in lakes and ponds and prefer warmer waters with extensive weed beds. Smallmouth bass are located in many of Idaho's rivers and streams and prefer the cooler running water to lakes and ponds.
Largemouth bass can be found in every region of Idaho but are primarily located in the northern and southwestern regions in large reservoirs and lower elevations lakes and ponds. Smallmouth bass inhabit many southwestern reservoirs and rivers in Idaho.
Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips
Using spinner baits, crank baits, plastic baits in shallow water on cloudy days or in murky water is recommended in the spring. During the summer and fall spinner baits, crank baits, jigs, spoons and plastic worms and fishing shallow water in the mornings and evenings, moving deeper as the sun rises will increase your chances. In winter, bass are not very active. Using jigs, port baits and plastic worms in shallow waters in the morning, moving deeper as the sun rises and moving your bait slow is best.
Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips
Smallmouth bass grow about half the size of the largemouth, and are more agile and powerful. Using small crank baits, small jigs and plastic worms as bait during the spring and summer is recommended. Fall baits include small jigs, small crank baits and spoons. During the summer and fall, fish shallow in the morning and evenings then moving deeper as the sun rises. Smallmouth are also less active in cold water, moving bait such as jigs, spoons and plastic worms slowly is recommended.
The State of Idaho requires a valid fishing license, and be sure to be review all Fishing Regulations prior to fishing in Idaho.