North Central Idaho Warm Water Fish
Idaho’s north central region has few opportunities for warm water fishing but one place offers some of the best smallmouth fishing in the Northwest. Dworshak Reservoir is one of the largest man-made lakes in Idaho. The state record smallmouth came from this huge impoundment, located near Orofino. This 8-pound, ˝-ounce bruiser was caught in 1995 by Dan Steiger of Juliaetta when he stopped for a little fishing on his way home from elk hunting. Like many of Idaho’s northern lakes and reservoirs, the area around Dworshak teems with wildlife including elk, mule deer and whitetails. Nestled in mountain splendor, Dworshak also offer some chances at largemouth bass. The Clearwater River below Dworshak Dam yields abundant smallmouth all the way to the confluence with the Snake River where both largemouth and smallmouth can be found along with crappie, bluegill, bullhead and channel catfish. Further south, the smaller lakes including Mann Lake, Moose Creek Reservoir and Spring Valley Reservoir offer fishing for largemouth.
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