What's there: Smallmouth bass, sturgeon, catfish, steelhead and trout
Description: The Snake River is probably the most overlooked fishing river in the state. You can travel for miles without seeing an angler. But it has healthy populations of smallmouth bass, catfish and sturgeon. The river is impeded by a series of dams and reservoirs in southern Idaho, but there are many stretches that offer excellent warmwater fishing and some great scenery as well.
The Snake also has good steelhead and trout fishing in Hells Canyon, but it has limited access. Most fishing in the canyon is done from jetboats and rafts.
Getting there: Head south from the Treasure Valley and you will run into it. Good access points are at Walters Ferry, Marsing, Grandview, Homedale, and Nyssa, Ore.
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