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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, yellow perch, chinook salmon, kokanee salmon and white sturgeon at Anderson Ranch Reservoir in Idaho.

Anderson Ranch Reservoir, ID

Notorious as an excellent kokanee fishery, Anderson Ranch Reservoir is also a good choice for trout, smallmouth bass and perch. This mountain lake is located in the southwest part of the state, 15 miles northeast of Mountain Home, ID.

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Nestled in the picturesque mountains of central Idaho, Anderson Ranch Reservoir is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. With its crystal-clear waters and serene surroundings, this reservoir offers a remarkable angling experience. Anglers flock to Anderson Ranch Reservoir for its diverse fish populations and the opportunity to catch some of Idaho's most popular fish species.

One of the prized catches in Anderson Ranch Reservoir is the rainbow trout. These trout are known for their impressive size and fighting spirit, providing anglers with an exhilarating challenge. The reservoir is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, ensuring a steady supply for eager anglers throughout the fishing season. Additionally, the reservoir is home to other species such as kokanee salmon, smallmouth bass, and perch, providing a variety of options for anglers to target.

Whether you're casting a line for rainbow trout, enjoying a day of boating, or unwinding at a scenic campsite, Anderson Ranch Reservoir presents a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The tranquil beauty of the reservoir, combined with its abundant fish populations, makes it an ideal destination for fishing, boating, and camping adventures in the heart of Idaho.

Much of the 50 miles of shoreline is accessible for fishing from the bank, thanks to roads surrounding much of the lake. There are boat ramps for launching all types of pleasure, pontoon and fishing boats (no boat motor HP limitations). One can easily find plenty of places to portage a canoe or kayak. The lake is at an elevation 4,200 feet above sea level offering ice fishing in winter when ice conditions allow. Fall Creek Resort And Marina offers services for boating plus lodging. If you pursue kokanee, fish shallow in spring and fall, then move deeper (often as deep as 80 feet) during the warmer months. The bass and trout will also move shallow to deep throughout the season.

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Primary fish species residing in Anderson Ranch Reservoir

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Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Yellow Perch Chinook salmon Kokanee salmon Sturgeon

Anderson Ranch Reservoir Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Beyond fishing, Anderson Ranch Reservoir offers fantastic opportunities for boating enthusiasts. With its expansive surface area and calm waters, boaters can enjoy leisurely cruises or engage in water sports such as water skiing and wakeboarding. Exploring the reservoir by boat allows visitors to access different fishing spots and discover hidden coves and inlets, enhancing the overall experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Fall Creek Resort and Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and kayaks
208 653-2242

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Anderson Dam Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Road 120A, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Curlew Creek Boat Access
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off Forest Road 061CC, this is a six-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Deer Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off N Pine-Featherville Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

Fall Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Anderson Dam Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Pine Airport Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Lester Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Fall Creek Resort and Marina
2147 S Fall Creek Rd
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208 653-2242

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Camping is a popular activity for those seeking an extended stay at Anderson Ranch Reservoir. The reservoir offers well-maintained campgrounds where visitors can set up their tents or park their RVs, immersing themselves in the stunning natural surroundings. Camping near the reservoir provides anglers and outdoor enthusiasts with convenient access to prime fishing spots, allowing them to maximize their time on the water.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Spillway Campground - 928 535-7300

Evans Creek Campground - 208 587-7961

Castle Creek Campground - 208 373-4100

Fort Running Bear RV Camping Resort - 208 653-2494

Little Wilson Creek Campground - Unknown

Lodging Nearby

Fall Creek Resort and Marina - 208 653-2242

Hayhurst Bed & Breakfast - 208 653-2135

Pine Resort and Motel - 208 653-2210

Anderson Ranch Reservoir ID Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Anderson Ranch Reservoir
Fall Creek Resort and Marina
2147 S Fall Creek Rd
Mountain Home, ID 83647
208 653-2242


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Anderson Ranch Reservoir is excellent kokanee salmon fishery in southwest Idaho.

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