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Boise is a paradise for anglers of all skill levels. Some of the best urban fishing awaits in Boise’s ponds, reservoirs and rivers. You’ll find Idaho’s native trout in most bodies of water, along with other species as well. Try Park Center Pond if you’re fishing with the small fries.

A fisherman wades in the Boise River on a colorful fall evening.

License and Rentals

Anyone 14 or older must have a fishing license. Get one online through the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, at a Fish and Game field office, Walmart, outdoor sports retailers like the Bass Pro Shop, and other local angling shops. If you didn’t bring your fishing gear, there are also a few angling shops that offer rentals for rods, reels, pontoons, boots, wader and float tubes.

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