Big Wood River Fishing Info
The Big Wood River is a 137-mile long river in Central Idaho. It is a tributary of River Malad which is actually a tributary of Snake River and also the Columbia River.
The Big Wood River has its source in the Sawtooth Range near the Galena Summit, Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It flows towards the south and is flanked on three sides by mountains. The river makes a breath-taking location not just for fishing but as a memorable holiday! The River is flanked on the North by the Boulder Mountains
On the East by the Pioneer Mountains And, on its west by the Smoky Mountains.
The closest is Highway 75 that runs along the river. There are a lot of smaller cities on its banks; for instance Hailey and Bellevue. The river passes Lincoln County on its course, many lava beds and several irrigation canals before joining River Malad.
The fish species found here are
Due to the river passes through a lot of topography, it is extremely fertile. One could notice the growth of a very healthy population of large-sized trouts.
The waters are open for fishing all year round. Rules modified by the State Fisheries and Game Reserve Department do not allow fishing in upstream and downstream boundaries. There is also a bag limit for each species of fish which is quite generous compared to other rivers in the area. However, protected species such as
- Northern Leatherside Chub
- Shoshone Sculpin
- Wood River Sculpin and
- Bluehead sucker
are not allowed to be caught and if caught invariably have to be released into the water unharmed.
Anglers who are fourteen years of age and above must have a valid license and the permit to fish in Idaho. Licenses need to be bought from the Department whereas the entry permits are usually free unless they are charged specially.
Resident children under the age of fourteen years do not require any license for fishing and they may have their own bag limit. However, non-resident children under the age of fourteen, if not sporting a license and permit must be compulsorily accompanied by an adult who holds a valid fishing license and permits.
Special permits need to be purchased by residents and non-residents alike if they are fishing for
- Fishing with two poles
Fishing with more than two poles in the river is prohibited.
Summer is the best season to go fishing into the river. Early summers in the Sun Valley means that there is an abundance of Green Drakes and Stoneflies. These help fish to fatten up after a hard winter. For best fishing results use lures and flys that match the insects found in the area. By the middle of summers, there are tonnes of Mayflies, Caddis and Hoppers. Some of the biggest fish caught in the area weigh up to a prized fourteen pounds so ensure you have quality fishing line and gear to handle large fish!
Winters are also a good season to fish. As, there is an abundance of food here, fishes thrive. The Wood River is phenomenal in its own way and is great for fishing ten out of twelve months!