What Kind of Fish are in the St. Joe River?

The St. Joe river is a north Idaho treasure filled with clear streams and great fishing. This 144.9-mile stretch of water running through Benehwah, Kootenai, and Shoshone counties is home to some amazing scenery and of course – filled to the brim with fish.

If you’d like an in-depth list of bag limits for each species of fish that are in the river, visit the Idaho Fish and Game Department website. 

Main Species

  • Brown Trout
  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Splake
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Variety of Trout Hybrids

To start off, the most well-known are trout. The St. Joe River has these trout species:

Other Species of Fish found in the St. Joe River:

  • Bluegills
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Yellow Perch
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Burbot
  • Kokanee
  • Cottus
  • Bull Trout
  • Redside Shiner
  • Dace
  • Catostomus 
  • Tiger Muskie
  • Sturgeon
  • Others (Bullfrogs and Crayfish)

The Idaho Fish and Game Department also conducts surveys on certain fish species, which allow for accurate restocking and invasive species identification.

Explore the St. Joe River now with CDA Cruises!

If you’re just looking to get out on the river, we at Coeur d’Alene Cruises offer a variety of ways to explore the area. Our St. Joe River Cruise takes you along the river in a 6-hour cruise, where you can enjoy refreshments and food along the way.

We hope this article has provided you with all of the information you need to plan a fishing trip somewhere along the St. Joe River. Feel free to contact us at (208) 292-5670, or fill out our contact form to help answer any questions about your trip to this amazing part of Northern Idaho.

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