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Everything You Need to Know About Redfish Lake Fishing

The Sawtooth Mountain region of Central Idaho is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Hiking, rafting, biking, peak bagging, and backcountry skiing are just a few of the incredible adventures at your fingertips in our beautiful area. Fishing in Redfish Lake is one of our favorite things to do near Stanley on a gorgeous sunny day. Grab your rod and reel and cast your line into the clear waters of the large alpine lake bordering our sister property. While you’re at it, you can soak in the breathtaking views, go for a short hike, or relax on one of the many beaches lining the shoreline. If you want to discover more ways to enjoy the great outdoors of Central Idaho, request our free Adventure Guide!

The Top Redfish Lake Fishing Spots 

Redfish Lake Boat Launch

The Sandy Beach Boat Ramp offers some of the best fishing on Redfish Lake. You’ll find the ramp on the eastern shore of the lake along with a beach that runs up to the Redfish Outlet Campground. Early morning and late afternoon are the ideal times to fish here, especially when there is little boat traffic coming in and out of the lake.

Redfish Lake Creek Inlet

You can spot Rainbow and Dolley Varden trout swimming near the southern end of the lake where Redfish Creek pours into the clear, shallow waters. The flowing waters make this a fantastic place to go fishing in Redfish Lake. Pack your gear and take the Redfish Trailhead Boat Shuttle to the stream inlet where you can cast your line out and enjoy the scenic views. Take a short hike along the trail up the creek to see some beautiful waterfalls.

Other Fishing Spots Around Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake Creek and the Salmon River

Some of the best fishing near Redfish Lake occurs where the Redfish Lake Creek empties into the Salmon River. The fast flowing waters in between Little Redfish Lake and Highway 75 provide with rich breeding grounds and a route into the largest river in the Sawtooths. Choose from several fishing spots along the creek, but we recommend either casting a line in near a small bridge near the Chinook Bay Campground or where the stream pours into the river.

High Mountain Lakes

Bench Lake and Goat Lake are just a couple of the high mountain lakes that provide a great fly fishing experience near Redfish Lake. Just pack up your gear and go for a hike through the mountains to your final destination. It’s also a great way to see the gorgeous nature (and some fantastic views).

Tip: Make sure you purchase your fishing license and any other wilderness permits you might need on the Idaho Department of Fishing and Game’s website. You can also get your license and any fishing equipment you need in Stanley.

Plan Your Sawtooth Mountain Adventure

Start planning your getaway to Stanley today by booking your Triangle C Cabins rental! Our cabins provide authentically rustic accommodations with modern comforts for the ultimate adventure. Enhance your trip with one of our Adventure Bundles like whitewater rafting, peak bagging, or a day on the lake! The new Redfish Shuttle service makes it easy to go from any of our three properties in Stanley to Redfish Lake Lodge.

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Book your stay at Triangle C Cabins or one of our sister properties and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you to our mountain oasis!