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North Idaho Fishing Report

 

 As you can tell by the boat traffic summer is happening on lake Coeur D Alene.  The initial reaction might be, oh so much for the fishing, not so fast.  For many of the CDA fish it can be a time of predictability which means more catches and more isolation of fish in concentrated areas.  For instance as we get into July the Smallmouth Bass are done spawning the shallows are warming and for the most part the fish move off of the shelves and breaks in 20-30 foot of water.  Of course as most of you know they can move in and out anytime of the day but day in day out if you fish 20-30 feet in the summer with a twin tail grub or a drop shot rig you will do ok.  The northern Pike get more predictable in the summer as well.  As the deeper weeds develop and the shallow warms it pushes most of the fish to the outside weed edges of the bays in 10-20 foot of water so instead of covering the entire flat of the bay you hit the edge its faster and easier and concentrates your efforts which usually adds up to more strikes.  How much fun is it chucking spinner baits in July and August along these weed lines ? Well let me tell you it is a blast the Pike hammer them, you set the hook and it is game on!!  For the Landlocked Chinook Salmon it is much the same story they settle into summer depths and you can isolate the biters in certain areas of the water column.  This is also the time the largest fish of the season get caught from the middle of July to the middle or end of August before the four year olds run the CDA river.  Summer is a great time to fish lake Coeur D Alene !

I donít know how it can be time to start thinking about The Big One Chinook Derby but it is.  Derby dates are July 30th to August 3rd which isnít that far away.  Tickets are $30.00  From the early reports we should see some fish landed in the low 20 pound range or at least high teens.  The Salmon trolling in early July has been tough for the most part with only an occasional big one being caught but donít get disappointed these fish get more aggressive as the summer goes and they get closer to spawning time.  The best action has been on helmeted herring  but it is time to start trolling the flasher, dodger fly and hootchie rigs.  We have been getting new helmets in and have another order coming in before the derby  so be sure to give the helmet section a second look you just might find a derby winner in the mix. 

See you on the lake.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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