Fishing Report

North Idaho Fishing Report


Updated 06/14/2017

By: Jeff Smith

I have had a lot of people calling and asking about CDA’s landlocked Chinooks.  Where have all the Salmon Gone?  I wish I could give you a good answer but we have been struggling right along with you.  The spring fishing was fair at best and it is normal to be slow during transition times but they have been ghost.  This leads us to believe the numbers are poor and they probably are, however these fish have a way of disappearing and then showing up again and we look at each other and say what the heck?  Let’s hope this is the case.  Usually around the 4th of July we start hitting the 4 year olds in the 40-70 foot range on the flashers and flies or hootchies.  We have been doing a lot of Northern Pike fishing the last 5-6 weeks and little Salmon trolling but I will get back on them around the end of June and hopefully have a more positive report.  The Kokanee on the other hand are hitting well in good numbers they are on the small side as expected 9-10 inches but you can get after them.


The bright spot on the lake have been the Northern Pike this spring and I guess its early summer.  The numbers have been strong and the catch rates most days have been good.  Most of the bays have been steady such as Mica, Blue creek, Kidd island and really the rest.  There are still shallow fish which we are casting Johnson weedless spoons, chatter baits and some swim baits. The 8-12 foot weed beds start casting spinner baits or husky jerk Rapalas.  We have landed a few 40 inch plus fish and expect a few more in the next couple weeks while they are still shallow.  There have been good numbers of 28-30 inch fish which are the fun ones!  You can still do some trolling but not for much longer as the weeds are starting to grow which makes it more difficult.  From here on out it is best to get your casting arm warmed up and pitch and grind.


Still some shallow Smallmouth around the docks and some of the rock banks.  We are on the back end of the main crank bait time but it doesn’t hurt to cover some water with the cranks and see what happens.  On the docks or shallow pitch some tubes or Senkos and you should get some action.  Our summer standbys are football head jigs with a twin tail grub or a drop shot rig with a small tube or some sort of drop shot minnow in about 25 foot of water.  With the smallies you can never discount the top water lures.  They can and do hit them anywhere and any time. So randomly give it a try when you are out.


Good luck out on the lake this summer and stop on in the shop for license gear or just some info.  We will see you on the lake.



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