This report highlights a few of the best places to fish, what anglers are using and what they are catching. The information is compiled from regional Fish and Game fishery managers, local tackle shops and anglers.
Fly fishing opportunities are good in the Panhandle including along the St. Joe River above Avery. Using small-to-mid-sized hoppers in riffles and pocket water, anglers should have good success early and late in the day when fishing for rainbow.
During the Pend Oreille River pike tournament last week anglers noted that targeting pike in weed edges in the main river channel caught the largest fish.
Locals recommend hoppers, beetles and ants during the day on the Cd’A River but suggest that you change to caddis, pmds and rusty spinners in the evening.
Kokanee and trout fishing in Coeur d’Alene Lake should just get better and better as the summer goes on. On the north end of the lake, troll around 35-40 feet in the Arrow Point area; in the south end, try Powder Horn Bay. According to local sporting goods stores, all lakes are fishing great. Chain Lakes have been good for pike and bass while Hayden, Hauser, Cocolalla and Fernan are fishing well for crappie and trout. Smallmouth bass and pike are also active in Hayden – try Knotty Scotties for pike and Senko Worms for smallmouth. This is another place to fish early and late.
Use glow hooks tipped with corn in Spirit Lake and you should catch some good kokanee action.
There is a “Fishing calendar” on our website that lists most fishing tournaments coming up. Select “Week View” to find information about tournaments being held this month.
We are taking angler comments until September 30 on changes to fishing rules. We are asking for comments on some general statewide rules and on 6 rules specifically for the Panhandle.
Health Advisory issued for Fernan Lake: A health advisory was issued today for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. Water samples confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to enjoy other activities near the lake including camping, hiking, biking, catch-and-release fishing and bird watching. If people choose to eat fish from this area, it is recommended that they remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking since toxins are most likely to collect in those tissues.
Be sure to pick up a current copy of the Idaho Fishing Rules and if you are over 14, and an Idaho Fishing license.
Remember: Lake trout of any size and rainbow trout over 13” can earn you a $15 bounty. Check the Lake Pend Oreille Angler Incentive Program.