Fishing Report

North Idaho Fishing Report


Updated 03/01/2017

By: Jeff Smith
I know so far it still looks like winter outside and on many of our area lakes but spring fishing is closing in and it is almost past time to start getting ready at least by the calendar.  Many of the small lakes are still frozen this first part of march yet but the big water lakes such as Coeur D Alene and Pend Orielle are opening up and as soon as the weather turns just a bit you can get those boats out and start after some of those fish we haven’t been able to chase around this last couple of months. 
 On Coeur D Alene as we get the water flows the landlocked Chinook Salmon start moving around and getting after it.  We consider March and April to be one of the top months for catch rates on CDA for the Salmon.  What usually happens is these fish come up in the top 30 foot of the water column and we troll with planer boards, Sidewinders and or shallow off of the downriggers.  For me it is helmeted herring or diving plugs such as the deep down Husky Jerk Rapala’s.  It is a good time if you don’t have downriggers in fact it is really the only time you can effectively troll for CDA Salmon without riggers so it is a popular couple of months for a lot of anglers.  There are still some deep fish biting now here at the end of February but things will change quickly as we get into March.  In fact we were out 2-25-17 and caught a salmon on a 10 foot diving rapala trolled off of a Sidewinder so start scattering those lines.  We will be getting out almost daily from here on out so stop by the store or give us a call for the latest update.
You are not out of your mind to do some bait fishing or trolling for Pike anytime now either.  In fact some of the largest Pike of the year get landed during the pre-spawn late winter early spring.  With the bait the frozen Smelt or Herring are both good choices fished on the bottom or below a slip float.  If your trolling use some spoons or Husky Jerks 12 or 14 size. 


Things coming up
March- Big Horn Show March 16-19 Spokane fairgrounds-we will be there stop and see us.
March 24th-26th Fins & Feathers Salmon Class & Trip
 April 8th & 9th J.H.’RED’ Covey Memorial Spring Chinook Derby
April 29th & 30th Lester V. Smith Memorial Pike Tournament


It sure will be nice to get out fishing in the boats again we  hope to see you out and about.  Jordan is getting the store restocked stop down and see some of the new inventory.  Fins & Feathers on your way to the lake


Jeff Smith
Fins & Feathers

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Just want to learn a little about the fish that we have in North Idaho? You can get the low down on what we have at the Fish of North Idaho page.