Eastern Idaho is known for its many trophy trout waters and superb fly-fishing opportunities. Within Bingham County, Springfield Lake is managed as a trophy trout fisheries and most local nimrods know that large browns and rainbows can be dredged from the depths of the Snake River.
There’s nothing more exciting than a large rainbow performing acrobatic maneuvers at the end of an angler’s line, unless, maybe, it’s a smallmouth bass performing those same maneuvers, but with a bit more brutal attitude. The smallmouth was introduced to Idaho but so were many other valued game fish including brown trout, brook trout, largemouth bass, and yellow perch. Smallmouths are found in many of Idaho’s lakes and rivers including Dworshak and Ririe reservoirs and the Clearwater, Snake, and Weiser Rivers.
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