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North Idaho Fishing Report


I hope you are ready to fish this next month or so because it is GO time on Coeur D Alene lake for the Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike also the Kokanee get things started in May as well.  There are windows of time when fish are more active and more predictable and May is usually one of those times.  Many of these fish will be in shallow water and they will get after it.  Sometimes fishing can be work but this is one of the super fun times to fish. 

The Northern Pike are done with their  spawn and have moved into shallow water this shallow time will last until the water gets to warm for comfort.  Donít wait if you want to do some shallow water Pike fishing with top water, Johnson spoons or even fly fish for them.  There are a lot of good easy access bays start in the very back 2-4 feet of water and work your way out it is about as much fun as you can have when you hit them right! 

The Smallmouth are about to go on the spawn so this also puts them in tight and shallow.  Pitching tubes, creature baits or rubber worms is a riot!  They will also hit some floating plugs and jerk baits.  Use some discretion on the spawners as they are the future let the big girls go.  If you cant find spawning areas work the dock lines there will be fish underneath most of the docks and boat houses on the lake.  We have seen catches in the 6 lb range and have heard of a couple of fish in the 7ís now those are lunkers.  Nothing wrong with 2-5 pounders though and you should run into several of those.

The landlocked Chinook Salmon are a little tougher in May as they transition from top water to suspended depths but they will bite and we have had some oversized Salmon brought in for spring time fishing.  Start going down with your flashers and squids or flyís in the 30-60 foot range and work some of the points at the mouths of the different bays.  We will still hit fish on helmeted herring this month maybe by themselves or with a flasher.  Early mornings you might still run a herring shallow to keep the fish honest 20-30 feet. 

Not a lot of Kokanee reports yet but May is when things get rolling.  Donít hesitate to start putting lines out for them.  We expect them to be on the small side again this season but good numbers so Kokanee fishermen and women lets get it started!

See you on the lake.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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