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North Idaho Fishing Report

 

I know it has been way too long since the last report but the good news is fishing season is really starting up big time now for the spring action.  The water on CDA lake is in the mid 40ís and climbing and the fish are doing what we need them to do to get some good catch rates.  With the good weather all spring a lot of you have been out and about already with some good success and some not so good but from here on out you should see things be much more consistent and predictable.  The surprise is the fish patterns havenít been all that much different than other years so far.  The main lake Pike didnít really spawn any earlier the Bass didnít move into the shorelines any faster the one exception is the Chinook may have moved up to the upper water columns earlier.  Now we may see things move faster on the back end of the spring but we will just have to see.  I guess the point is if you have or have not been out yet it is time to get with it and get going the bites are going to be on!

Thanks to all whom fished our April Salmon derby the winner was Butch Clapp with a 16.74 pound Chinook.  There were 41 fish brought to the scales which is a good number considering the windy conditions everyone had to deal with.  The sizes all spring have been good a lot of fish over 10 pounds.  Most of these fish are still being caught in the top 30 feet and most of them are still on helmeted herring and deep down husky jerk Rapalas.  In fact 4-15-15 we had another fish in the 16 pound plus range brought in so the surface bite is still on and should go through April and maybe into May.  The fish are coming from both ends of the lake.  On the north end from Tubbs to Arrow and down the east arm and on the south end from Harrison to East point.  Good luck out on the lake and keep Salmon trolling.

Pike fishermen as you know the annual spring tourney is April 25-26 you can still get signed up for this team contest just stop on down to Fins for forms and registration.  The chain lakes Pike have for the most part finished spawning and are on a good bite on the usual spoons jerk baits swim baits and spinners.  Most of these fish will be in the 3-7 pound rang but you never know when the big one might show.  I havenít seen the main lake fish finish spawning yet but it  will be soon.  The fishing is often hit or miss until the spawn is over but we have been catching some fish both on the cast and the troll.  There has been some good catches on the far south end of the lake and down by Chatcolet Lake.  On most days you will earn your bites on lake CDA but the reward is in the potential big to really big fish you may run into.

The Smallmouth are on a good crank bait bite or jerk bait.  Casting these plugs is really fun because of the hard strikes.  You stick and move and cover the water.  Soon they will be hitting the docks and wood with rubber worms and jigs.  It isnít really time to be hitting the shorelines but that will be soon as well.  There was a Bass tournament on April 13th and even though it was won with 27 pound stringer by Matt & Todd Palmer there were some great bags of smallmouth brought in that were close competitors

See you on the lake.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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