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North Idaho Fishing Report

 

I know it is only the beginning of February but with the warm weather we have been having all winter long it is getting everyone fired up for some open water fishing.  So I canít really say it is game on just yet for spring style fishing but who knows if these weather patterns continue what we will find out on the lake.  If you havenít gotten your boat ready yet I would think about it and letís start the fishing season early.  You know what they say, a day on the water is better than any day working. 

The landlocked Chinooks on lake Coeur D Alene have continued to bite all winter long.  At this time the bite is still deep in the 80-100 foot range but look for that to climb up the water column as we get some water flow.  There may be a short dead spot in the transition change but then we flip flop and start trolling more up and near the surface.  You are never wrong with helmeted herring either shallow off of the riggers or with a small weight and planer boards.  When the Salmon do come up it is a time when I would say to troll plugs and spoons as well.  You can count on March and April to have the shallow water fishing but we wouldnít be surprised to get an early start on it.  If you go out in the next couple of weeks keep a couple of lines down deep but start playing around with a couple and mix up those depths.  We are looking for an exciting spring this season the numbers based on our fall and winter trolls seem to be up and I think some of the top end weights of the fish have for sure been higher.  We have had more in the 10 pound plus range then I have seen in some time and there have even been a few in the upper teens to low 20ís landed which is almost unheard of at this time of year.  I will get another report right in when we start being successful on the shallow water fishing or feel free to give us a call at the store 208-667-9304 for an update.

I have been getting some calls and emails about the Northern Pike.  As far as bait fishing for them I think it is time to get started from here on out in most any of the bays on the lake especially if we get some early water flow and more warm weather.  Lure fishing with Jerk baits and Swim baits may be challenging to say the least but with some work and patience I think you can hit a fish or two.  Realistically we hit the lure fishing from April on.  On a 50 degree day who knows what might happen and what the heck you have to try that new rod and reel out anyway.

Other early season fisheries you might consider are the Walleyes on lake Roosevelt, February and March are excellent times for them jigging or trolling.  The Steelhead on the Clearwater river is another hot spot at times.  If we continue with the warm weather and Fernan lake opens up you can get after the Crappie and Perch it is a lot of fun from the shore or in a small boat.  Hayden lake Kokanee can be an early bite also. 

We have dates set up for the spring tournaments April 11th-12th for spring Salmon and April 25th-26th for spring Pike

The guide boats are still on off season rates which our special right now is $395.00 for a full day up to 4 person through March.  The April special will be $495.00 for the boat for a full day up to 4 person. The regular rates begin in May.

We have been getting calls on our Salmon classes and will have the sign up and dates ready by February.  One date we do have posted is March 13th-15th.  Give the store a call for more info 208-667-9304.

See you on the lake.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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