Winter fishing on Coeur D Alene lake ? You
bet. We are still Salmon trolling and boy have there been some
super sizes fish for this time of the year. We have weighed in
several fish in the 14-20 pound range which are by far on the upper end
of what is usually see. Now these arenít the average but with
those we have caught a good number of 10-12 pound Chinooks that get your
attention as well. Yes there are days when you donít get the big
one but we are generally catching a keeper or two and a couple of throw
backs, there are no bad bites out on the lake. So donít throw in
the towel just yet the fishing can stay pretty good right on through
December. In fact we have one more derby this year The Gene Fine
Winter Chinook Derby December 6-7 2014. Entry is $ 25.00 per
person. It is a fun weekend and we should see some good catches.
Congrats to Debbie Pierce with her 14 pound plus fish to take 1st
place in the November L.C.A.A. members derby.
The Salmon bite has been deep for the most part
which is typical for this time of year , most of the bites have been
80-100 plus feet deep. The set ups donít change much from fall to
winter it is 8 inch flashers and mini-squids with a 22-26 inch leader or
helmeted herring down deep. Other rigging which can pull you a
fish or two are an 11 inch flasher with a 5-6 foot leader and a helmeted
herring or an 11 inch flasher a 30-50 inch leader and a regular sized
squid. I think you can get bites throughout the lake yet but the
best action has probably been mid-lake around Carlin and Loffs bays.
Other areas which we have gotten fish are around Mica and Driftwood,
down by Rockford bay and on the north end between Tubbs hill and Arrow
point. I guess take your pick and cover some water. Those
Chinooks are pretty tasty you can keep 2 over 20 inches on a calm day it
is great out on the water !!
No ice just yet for you ice anglers but the winter
gear is starting to show up stop on down and fill in your jigs and
things. Most years we start ice fishing right around Christmas
time. We have had some early cold weather so another cold
snap or two might produce some safe ice a bit sooner we will keep an eye
If you have company in town over the holidays or
just donít want to launch a boat we have the guide boats in the water
and we are offering a winter special !!! $395.00 for the boat for
up to 4 people for a full day on the water. Give the store a call
at 208-667-9304 and we will get after some of those Salmon!
Our annual customer appreciation after hours sale
is scheduled for January 10th 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to
8:00 pm. It is a fun evening with door prizes games a free BBQ
snacks and some of the best deals of the year 15-65 % storewide
!!! Hope to see you here
See you on the lake.