ID: Panhandle Region Fishing Information June 2, 2011

This report is based on information from anglers, local tackle
shops, spot creel surveys and fish manager’s observations. It is a
general summary of what others are saying about what fish are being
caught and what gear anglers’ are using.

Interested in teaching others your love of angling? Bring your
family and friends to Idaho Fish and Game’s Take Me Fishing Trailer
program. It’s free and open to everyone. Equipment, bait and
instruction provided. Participants do not need a fishing license.
Just show up.

Fishing in northern Idaho lakes is picking up very nicely. The
bays are warming up finally and the warm water species are starting
to get more active as they prepare to spawn. At the same time,
trout are fairly shallow and feeding actively. You should find
pretty good fishing on any of the lakes. Until the rivers come down
and clear up, which probably won’t be until mid-June, lake fishing
is probably the best bet.

Crappies are abundant at most small lakes-according to a local
angler, “this is the time for them.” Try casting for crappies at
water bodies like Twin, Rose, Gamble and Hayden lakes. The standard
setup is a bobber and jig. Use some bait with crappie nibbles or
maggots. A few anglers are also fly fishing, using bead-headed
nymphs for flies. Remember, when fishing at Hayden Lake, there is a
10-inch size limit and a bag limit of six.

Fishing is mixed on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Folks have been seen
fishing for northern pike and smallmouth bass. Pike are
concentrated in flooded grass on the north end–mostly in Cougar,
Mica and Kidd Island bays. Weedless spoons have been as good as
anything, maybe put a plastic trailer on it; try pitching it off in
the shallow water, around 2 to 6 feet. Small mouth are scattered
and you might have to move around a little bit more than normal.
Use crank baits or tube jigs and remember that small mouth has a
bag limit of 6 but there is no size limit.

Pend Oreille has been good recently for rainbows and a few lake
trout. Troll the surface to 10 deep with Apexes or buck- tailed
flies. Most of the rainbows are being taken near the surface, while
lake trout are coming from the surface down to 100 feet.

Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 11, is Free Fishing Day in Idaho, and the Idaho
Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of
all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by
fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license. Though fishing license
requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules,
such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

The locations listed below will be stocked with hatchery rainbow
trout prior to the special day. Look for the nearest event and
“Take a Kid Fishing.”

Coeur d’Alene – Ponderosa Springs Golf Course, 7 to 11
a.m.

Bonners Ferry – Snow Creek Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.

Calder – Calder Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.

Clark Fork – Clark Fork Lodge, 9 a.m. to noon.

Enaville – Steamboat Ponds, 9 a.m. to noon.

Harrison – Harrison Marina, 9 a.m. to noon.

Mullan – Lucky Friday Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.

Post Falls – Post Falls Park Pond, 9 a.m. to noon.

Priest Lake – Priest Lake Golf Course, 9 a.m. to noon.

Rathdrum – Rathdrum City Park, 9 a.m. to noon.

Sandpoint – Round Lake State Park, 9 a.m. to noon.

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