Payette Lake

From some of the deepest lakes in the Pacific Northwest to walk-and-wade streams and rivers, the remote Central Idaho wilderness offers some of the most diverse and high quality fishing Idaho has to offer.



  • Jet Boat (1-2 guests) - $550 $385 with special code SPRINGMACKINAW
  • Does not include taxes and fees


Fish January February March April May June July August September October November December
Lake Trout X X X X X X X
Kokanee Salmon X X X X X X X
Tiger Muskie X X X X

Deep Currents

Payette Lake's headwaters originate in the Sawtooth and Salmon River Mountains at elevations over 10,000 feet. Drainage in the watershed flows primarily to the Payette River, and later into an agricultural valley of the Snake River near the city of Payette at 2,125 feet. Payette Lake itself sits around an elevation of 5,000 feet, and its depths reach almost 400 feet at the deepest. These depths provide ample space for Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Tiger Muskie, Sturgeon, as well as a rumored monster by the name of Sharlie. We're more inclined to think its just a large sturgeon, but who knows what you can pull up from the depths.

McCall, Idaho

The mountain town and surrounding areas of McCall provide a beautiful alpine landscape. Known for an abundance of outdoor recreation, it provides an nice mix of wilderness, as well as more refined mountain lifestyles.