Palisades Reservoir is located in some of
Idaho's and Wyoming most scenic country. Access to the reservoir, for
both shore and boat anglers, is best on the northwest side, along U.S.
During these cooler months, there
is good fishing for both boat and shore angler. Shore anglers may
however, find some difficulty reaching the undeveloped shoreline due to
the steep slopes in some areas.
The predominate game species of Palisades Reservoir is
cutthroat trout, both wild and stocked. Second in angler popularity is
the brown trout. Though not as abundant, the browns provide a good
trophy fishery with an average length of nearly 17". Also in the lake
are kokanee and mackinaw. The mackinaw, or lake trout, are relatively
few in number, but can be found in deep water.
A basic medium weight rod with matching reel, loaded
with 8-10 lb. line will get you started. Terminal gear consisting of a
number 8-10 hook, small swivel and light weights will do. If you are
fishing from the shore, worms and marshmallows work well. The
marshmallow helps to hold the bait up into the fish's view. Anglers have
also had success with lures such as spoons, roostertails and spinners.
Boat anglers, fishing for trout, find success trolling
with rapalas, spoons and pop-gear rigged with spinners. Shallow trolling
with worms can also bring success early in the year.
Fishing for kokanee can be challenging on Palisades. Trolling deep, with
pop-gear tipped with a spinner is most effective. Local tackle shops can
be helpful in providing tips for specific gear that is working at the
Ice fishing Palisades can be some of the best fishing of the year. Ice
fishing can be a great family outing to cure the winter blahs. Winter
trout are great to eat, and the snow and ice add to the beauty of the
area. Always be sure to check for safe ice before venturing out.
Camping is available at Elk Creek, Alpine
and Hoffman Campgrounds.