Fishing Near Mountain Home Idaho
Fishing at Little Camas Reservoir-Fishing Paradise
LIttle Camas Reservoir has been a frequented location for our family to fish for over 50 years. It is close enough to go fishing for a few hours or most of a day and still make it home in time for dinner. All of our children have grown up knowing a lot of fun family times there.
Camas Reservoir is only about 23 miles east on ID 20, then 2 miles north on Forest Road 160. It has an elevation of about 5,000 and is open to many camping spots around the reservoir. It has several restrooms at the boat ramp as well as along the road going into the reservoir. It is well stocked by the Idaho Fish and Game. Fishing at Little Camas is open from May through October. Because the water levels drop later in the summer and the risk for fish to die, the catch limit is lifted from August 20th through November 30th. Anyone can call the Public Lands Information Center for current prices on in-state and out-of-state licenses. There are no reservations to make or fees to be paid to use the campground.
Camas provides a Boat Ramp, Primitive Campgrounds, Restrooms, Wildlife Viewing, Motorized and Unmotorized Boating, float-tube fishing, Picknicking, and of course Great Fishing.
This is an example of what you can catch in the waters of Idaho
Tom has been fishing the waters of Idaho all of his life. He can tell you where the fishing is really good..when..what rod..what bait..at what times of the day or year. For $5.00 additional on the in-state license fee, you can fish with 2 rods. Tom really likes to catch and release. Sometimes the fish will swallow so hard that you have to keep them due to the damage it does to them to take the hook out. Then there are other times when we take them home for the barbecue...like this beauty !
More Photos of Little Camas - Family Memories at Little Camas-when the kids were littleClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fish and Flowers at Little Camas Reservoir - Mostly Rainbow Tout and Bass at CamasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Packing for a trip to Little Camas - Bring it all with you-Take it all out when you go!
Pack well..nothing is provided at Little Camas
It can be quite an ordeal to pack for a family of five children. The following is a list that my husband made up for the supplies we take..especially if going for the day with other people. A person could go up with just the barest necessities but it's more fun for us to make a day of it. All food, water toiletries, shade, and fishing gear must be taken into the fishing spots. This list is not in any specific order of importance..that would be up to you.
- Toilet Paper...Out houses are provided..sometimes the paper there is used up..or missing
- Worms, mini marshmallows, salmon eggs, power bait..different colors
- Firewood..matches, pocket knife, sharp knife to clean fish
- Bread, mayo, mustard, spam, vienna sausage, hot dogs and buns, cheese, deli meats etc.
Home fried chicken if you've a mind to do so..we have also had homemade potato salad..I make a good one !
- Fruit, candy, nuts, cold drinks, water to drink, Hershey bars, graham crackers and
marshmallows for the kids to roast (adult kids too)
- Ice and coolers for food, water, drinks and a separate cooler for the fish
Plastic bags for garbage and at least one for the fish
- Spinning rods and reels for each person with a fishing license..license on the person if the Fish & Game should show up to check.
Digger chain links to hold the fishing rods..see photo above.
- Egg sinkers, treble hooks, swivels, B.B.Sinkers, exrta fishing line, fingernail clippers to cut fishing line
Old hemo-stats or LONG tweezers for taking hooks out of fish
- Lawn chairs, hats, sunblock, layers of clothing if it is cold...peel layers off as it warms up
Extra clothes if someone falls into the water
- A terrific attitude for FUN no matter what!
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Fishing at Little Camas Reservoir for 2012 - Current photos of a family that still likes to fish Little CamasClick thumbnail to view full-size
Links for more info about Little Camas Reservoir
Many people just have a need to know..more.. before they venture out. This would be especially true if traveling some distance to visit a new place. Dive into these links and peruse all you like.
- Weather and Fishing Times for Little Camas
Rules & regulations..Licenses required, descriptions and locations of the site
- Wildlife info
Listings of wildlife for Little Camas and surrounding areas.
- Campground Review for Little Camas Reservoir
Listings of what is available at this fishing site..other photos
- Fishing forecast for Little camas Reservoir
Sunrise, sunset, temps, how the weather affects fish activity
- Mountain Home KOA
This link is for those who may desire an inexpensive place to stay with a camper and drive by car or truck for the fishing..23 miles away.. and still be able to enjoy the amennities of the local town.
- Camping resort near Little Camas..requires membership
"We are within walking distance from the Little Camas Reservoir (one of the best known fishing spots in all of Idaho). We boast snow-capped mountains year 'round and have a wealth of nature's creatures roaming our grounds."
Outfit yourself for Success - Fishing Gear You Can Purchase
Here are some ideas for the gear that you would need to come to Little Camas Reservoir
Last fishing on Camas for us until Fall - The algae is on top the water right now..it will sink to the bottom making the water more clear in cooler weather.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Check Out the Rigging for Fishing at Little Camas - Poles, reels, hooks and lures
The rigging for trolling at Camas Reservoir is a lightweight set-up. A lighter, more flexible pole, and comparble lines with an assortment of lures and flies.
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