Try these eastern Idaho fishing spots for Memorial Day weekend

Bear Lake: Known for its turquoise blue water, this massive lake which sits in both Idaho and Utah is always a popular spot. Trophy cutthroat and lake trout swim these waters, but you will need a boat and a tackle box of silver spoons or crankbaits to get the job done. Troll between 35–55 feet for lake trout and cutthroats. Trout limit is 2; only those cutthroat trout with a clipped adipose fin, as evidenced by a healed scar, may be kept. If it is possible to get tired of fishing, Bear Lake’s beaches are perfect for building sandcastles, wading, swimming, paddle boarding, and so much more.

Snake River below American Falls Dam: Though this section of the river is open to fishing year-round, the harvest of game species is only allowed from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day (this year it is May 23) through October 15. During the catch-and-release season (October 16 through Friday before Memorial Day weekend), anglers need to remember that no bait is allowed and barbless hooks are required. This section of the river holds plenty of smallmouth bass, rainbows, cutthroats, and browns—and catching rainbows pushing 10 pounds is not unusual. Bass limit is 2 (any size), and the trout limit is 6 of which only 2 can be over 16 inches and only 2 may be cutthroats. Don’t have a boat? No worries. There are access points for some bank fishing… just be careful as water levels can be a bit high for wading this time of year.

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