The Stanley-Sawtooth area offers an incredibly rewarding variety of fishing opportunities. The famous Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers offer endless opportunities for bank fishing, wade fishing and float fishing. Include the hundreds of high mountain lakes and car-accessible valley lakes and the Stanley Sawtooth area is an anglers dream.
Anglers will find West Slope Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Bull trout, hybrid Cutbow trout, Brook trout, Lake trout, Mountain Whitefish and Chinook salmon. In March and April the Steelhead return to the area drawing anglers from across the nation.
Local outfitters and guides offer wade fishing, float boat fishing, horseback accessed fishing, hiking and fishing for both spin or fly anglers. Several valley lakes, many high mountain lakes, and selected sections of the Main Salmon River are stocked by Idaho Fish and Game during the summer months, while other areas host only native fish.
The Sawtooth Fish Hatchery is a popular stopping point in the Sawtooth Valley, with the majority of visitation in June, July and August.
Sawtooth Fish Hatchery is involved in trapping, spawning and rearing spring Chinook and sockeye salmon to smolt stage for release. A-run steelhead are also trapped and spawned. The steelhead eggs are incubated to eye-up then transferred to other hatcheries for rearing. The facility also traps and rears sockeye salmon. Catchable rainbow trout are also held at the hatchery for stocking into lakes and streams around the valley. Westslope cutthroat trout are stocked into high mountain lakes in late August. A fishing pond is available for anglers seventeen years of age and under.