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Follow up Question: How come there are no brook trout lakes identified in the Sawtooth area?

I had already followed your directions but when you do a search as you describe below to find brook trout in the Southwest Region, none of the lakes in the Sawtooth mountains are identified. I have heard about a few lakes in the Sawtooth wilderness that have populations of brook trout but they do not show up when I do a search under other trout.

Thanks,
MM

Even though IDFG doesn't stock brook trout now, why don't you include them in the historical stocking data?

When I search for lakes that were previously stocked with brook trout there is no information. I know brook trout are a non-desired species in Idaho but I would like to be able to find out what lakes were stocked with brook trout in the past. It seems that IDFG doesn't want to aknowledge that brook trout were ever stocked in Idaho.

Your response:
They are included in the database - you just need to do some sluthing. Here is an example: 1) Select Panhandle Region; 2) select records for 1967 to present; 3) click on "other trout;" 4) highlight "Antelope Lake; 5) and now click "search." You will see 2,111 fingerling brook trout were stocked on 5/16/1997 in Antelope Lake.

We stocked brook trout in numerous lakes and streams throughout Idaho in the 1930's. They did so well, they displaced rainbow trout and other native species in many waters. Brook trout are voracious predators and will over-populate leading to a stunted and undesirable population. They also interbreed with native ESA listed bull trout and produce sterile offspring - which decreases the bull trout population.

We've recently pioneered a way to produce sterile brook trout in our hatchery system. You will probably see these fish planted in future years where they will provide a fishery without damaging native fish populations.

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Answer

A number of the lakes in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area have brook trout populations.  You are not finding them when searching in the Southwest Region because they are all on the Stanley side of the Sawtooths and in the Fish and Game Salmon Region.

Here is a list of lakes in the Salmon Region with Brook Trout populations from the Fishing Planner:

Your search
IDFG Region = Region 7 - Salmon,
Cold water fish species = Brook Trout,

Returned the following Waters:

   
Alpine Creek   Tributary of Alturas Lake Creek
Alpine Creek Lake #14   Upper Salmon Basin
Alturas Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Alturas Lake Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Anderson Creek   Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Arnett Creek   Tributary of Napias Creek
Asher Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Banner Creek   Tributary of Cape Horn Creek
Bayhorse Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Bear Valley Creek   Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Beaver Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Beaver Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Big Casino Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Big Creek   Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Big Springs Creek   Tributary of Lemhi River
Birdseye Creek   Tributary of Silver Creek
Bohannon Creek   Tributary of Lemhi River
Born Lakes   Upper Salmon Basin
Burnt Creek   Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Burnt Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Buster Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Cabin Creek   Tributary of Panther Creek
Cabin Creek   Tributary of Perkins Lake
Cabin Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Camp Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Camp Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Cape Horn Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Casino Lakes   Upper Salmon Basin
Challis Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Champion Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Champion Lakes   Upper Salmon Basin
Champion Lakes   Upper Salmon Basin
Crooked Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Crystal Creek   Tributary of Beaver Creek
Dahlonega Creek   Tributary of North Fork Salmon River
East Fork Valley Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Eddy Creek   Tributary of Challis Creek
Elk Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Elk Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Fisher Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Fishhook Creek   Tributary of Redfish Lake
Flat Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Fourth of July Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Fourth of July Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Fourth of July Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Frenchman Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Garden Creek   Tributary of Hannah Slough
Garden Creek   Tributary of Panther Creek
Goat Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Gold Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Goldberg Creek   Tributary of Pahsimeroi River
Hell Roaring Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Hell Roaring Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Horse Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Huckleberry Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Hull Creek   Tributary of North Fork Salmon River
Iron Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Iron Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Iron Lake #1   Middle Salmon-Panther Basin
Knapp Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Knapp Lake #10   Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #11   Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #3   Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Knapp Lake #9   Upper Middle Fork Salmon Basin
Lake Creek   Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Lake Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Lemhi River   Tributary of Salmon River
Little Casino Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Lost Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Lost Creek Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Marsh Creek   Tributary of Middle Fork Salmon River
Marten Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Meadow Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Meadow Creek   Tributary of Goat Creek
Morgan Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Mosquito Flat Reservoir   Upper Salmon Basin
Moyer Creek   Tributary of Panther Creek
Opal Creek   Tributary of Panther Creek
Pahsimeroi River   Tributary of Salmon River
Panther Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Perkins Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Pole Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Porphyry Creek   Tributary of Panther Creek
Prospect Creek   Tributary of Warm Springs Creek
Rabbit Creek   Tributary of Napias Creek
Rainbow Creek   Tributary of Pole Creek
Rapps Creek   Tributary of Arnett Creek
Redfish Lake Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Rough Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Salmon River East Fork Salmon River to Headwaters Tributary of Snake River
Salmon River North Fork Salmon River to East Fork Salmon River Tributary of Snake River
Sharkey Creek   Tributary of Napias Creek
Silver Creek   Tributary of Camas Creek
Slate Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Smiley Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Smithy Creek   Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Squaw Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Squaw Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Stanley Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Stanley Lake   Upper Salmon Basin
Stanley Lake Creek   Tributary of Valley Creek
Swamp Creek   Tributary of Owl Creek
Texas Creek   Tributary of Lemhi River
Thatcher Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Thompson Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Threemile Creek   Tributary of Dahlonega Creek
Trap Creek   Tributary of Meadow Creek
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #1   Upper Salmon Basin
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #2   Upper Salmon Basin
Upper Hell Roaring Lake #3   Upper Salmon Basin
Vader Creek   Tributary of Marsh Creek
Valley Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Valley Creek Lake #1   Upper Salmon Basin
Vat Creek   Tributary of Alturas Lake Creek
Warm Springs Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
West Fork Morgan Creek   Tributary of Morgan Creek
White Valley Creek   Tributary of Challis Creek
Williams Creek   Tributary of Salmon River
Williams Lake   Middle Salmon-Panther Basin
Winnemucca Creek   Tributary of Beaver Creek
Yankee Fork   Tributary of Salmon River