Lake and Stream Fishing
Lake Fishing North Idaho’s Priest Lake
Fishing in Upper Priest Lake and Upper Priest River is restricted to catch-and-release, no bait, and single, barbless hooks. These restrictions are necessary to protect the bull trout which has been declared “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act and to assist in the recovery of the native westslope cutthroat population.
Stream and Alpine Lake Fishing
Priest River, downstream from the Priest Lake outlet dam, is open all year for fishing.
Various alpine lakes nestled in the Selkirks on the east side of Priest Lake are stocked with trout. These include the following lakes: Hunt, Standard and Two Mouth. These secluded lakes offer a great opportunity to hike scenic trails, topped off with a backcountry fishing experience.
On the west side, Petit Lake is a fly fisherman’s delight. Muskegon Lake, located just off USFS Road 1013 north of Granite Pass also offers good fishing. Float tube fishing is recommended for both lakes – and remember Washington state fishing regulations apply as both of these lakes are located in that state.
Moose Lake Fishing Pond
The Moose Lake Fishing Pond has become a great place for the kids to experience fishing success – and a few parents and grandparents have been known to drop a line in Moose Lake too. The lake is privately owned, but open to the public.
An attractive feature of the pond is the two pathways that lead most of the way around the north and south shorelines – however, they do not connect. Approach the pond carefully as moose are known to frequent the lake. You may also be able to spot an elusive wood duck on the pond or an occasional osprey circling above.
Duck – Photography by Lori BarnesMoose Lake’s location within the beautiful forest of Huckleberry Bay creates the perfect environment for a day of fast-action fishing for young and old alike. The pond is liberally stocked with trout twice yearly by Idaho Fish & Game. Benches and a picnic table are also available – so bring a lunch and enjoy. Please remember, this is private property and access rights can be withdrawn if the pond is abused with litter, etc. – PACK-IT-IN PACK-IT-OUT. Idaho fishing regulations apply at the pond.
Moose Lake Fishing Pond is located just off the Eastshore Road approximately ½ mile north of milepost 16. A road sign clearly marks the turn-off to the parking area, which is located a few yards off the main roadway. The pond is approximately 1/4 mile south of the parking area via a marked trail.
You may also join the many Priest Lake area residents who fish for bass in Chase Lake. It is located 1-1/2 miles south of Coolin, off East River Road. The Chase Lake season is open from July 1 – December 31 for bass harvest and gasoline-powered motors are prohibited on the lake.