Gateway to Adventure

Ice Fishing

Fishing in the Snow & Ice
Local Fairfield Fisherman shows just how bountiful icy waters can be!

Looking for a good place to drop your line this winter? Ice fishing is one of Camas County’s favorite past-times, and here you will find plenty of local reservoirs and rivers to test your skills, and catch your dinner. Local species include bass, trout, kokanee and more. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day of sitting on the ice, or want to keep fly fishing year round there are endless places in Camas County and nearby waiting for you.

Magic Reservoir

One the most popular locations for ice fishing is Magic Reservoir, located less than an hour from Fairfield, Idaho and right next to the town of West Magic. Nearly 14,000 acres with multiple sites for parking and camping make the reservoir the perfect place to explore. In February of each year the best anglers around Idaho gather for a fantastic ice fishing derby, with raffle prizes and awards.

Mormon Reservoir

Located about 3 miles south of Fairfield, Mormon Reservoir is a hidden gem unknown to most people in Idaho (except Camas County locals).  Most of the time you won’t even see another person when you head to this popular ice fishing spot.  At 2400 acres, its no small deal either.  Getting there in the winter can be tricky since you’ll probably need a snowmobile.  That being said, the effort is definitely worth it – especially when your frying up your catch over the fire back at home!

Silver Creek River

Another great location for fishing year-round is the world famous Silver Creek, home to big rainbows and brown trout. Although the river moves fast enough to remain unfrozen (in most spots) over the winter, it offers great fishing through the cold season for those who don’t want to spend time boring through inches of ice.

More information on fishing rules and regulations in Camas County is available at the Idaho Fish and Game website.