Deadwood Reservoir

February 27, 2008 

What's there: Kokanee salmon and trout.

Description: It is a long drive on a bumpy, dirt road to Deadwood, but the reservoir offers lots of kokanee and some trout fishing.

The quality of fishing seems to vary from year to year, but one thing that's constant is the beautiful scenery. There's lots of shoreside camping, and in both developed and undeveloped areas. There are also several boat ramps, but beware of hauling a boat on the rough, steep road.

The reservoir usually starts full in the spring and is drained throughout the summer. Spring and late summer usually have good trolling for kokanee. Also, try bait fishing for trout near the dam.

Getting there: Take Idaho 55 north to Banks, and the Banks-to-Lowman Highway to the Scott Mountain Road turnoff.

Drive time: About three hours.

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