McCall AreaThe McCall area, located on Payette Lake two hours north of Boise, has long been a favorite recreation and vacation area for southern Idaho. It is surrounded by the beautiful Payette National Forest where more than 200 lakes and reservoirs, large rivers, and bountiful streams offer anglers countless opportunities to fish and hike, often in complete solitude.
The McCall fishing season starts in May on local reservoirs and rivers for trout. After the early summer runoff, streams and rivers provide plentiful fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout. In late summer, fishing moves to the mountain lakes, where a reliable Cinnamon Ant hatch in early September produces some of the finest dry fly fishing available anywhere.
The area also boasts extraordinary smallmouth bass fishing on Little Payette Lake and the Lower Salmon River.
While October offers fine trout fishing throughout the region, most anglers are focusing on steelhead fly-fishing on the Lower Salmon River in nearby Riggins (45 minutes drive from McCall).