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Urban Angler

Fishing in Boise means a stroll downtown


From trophy salmon and steelhead trout on the South Fork of the Salmon just two hours north, to the salmon fly fishing for lunkers on the South Fork of the Boise River, to internationally renowned Silver Creek just two hours east, Boise is known worldwide as a base for world-class fishing. But anglers need not travel any distance to have great fishing within the city limits.

The Boise River, stocked frequently with thousands of rainbow trout and infrequently with overruns of hatchery steelhead and salmon, can provide the hard-core angler with an early morning or lunchtime fix. With the Greenbelt running the entire length of the river through city limits, access to great fishing is easy, but there are a few even more accessible spots providing choice fishing grounds for the beginning and advanced angler.

Just about any bridge that crosses the river in Boise provides access, and many are used by the Idaho Fish and Game Department as stocking spots for trout, steelhead and salmon. The bridges at Parkcenter Boulevard, Americana Boulevard and Glenwood Street are ideal spots for fly fishing or spincasting with parking and access on either side of the river.

If sitting back with a bobber and a worm are more your style, Boise has some choice ponds regularly stocked with trout as well.

Parkcenter Park in East Boise off Parkcenter Boulevard has an 8-acre pond with a handicapped-accessible fishing dock and public restrooms.

Bernardine Quinn Riverside Park on the Greenbelt has a 22-acre pond perfect for a float tube or kayak. Fishing from shore is pretty good, too, with a handicapped-accessible fishing dock. You can get there from Pleasanton Avenue off 27th Street.

Veterans Park Pond near Veterans Memorial Parkway and State Street is another popular pond with a natural setting ideal for honing your skills either from shore or on the dock.

At the corner of Eagle and McMillan roads the Charles F. McDevitt Youth Sports Complex has a very popular fishing pond.

Redwood Park on Shamrock Street in West Boise near Ustick and Five Mile roads has a small pond sitting in the middle of a neighborhood. Wave to the neighbors as you haul in a lunker.