Times they are a changing and fast. For spring time
that is the normal around here as we get various water levels and
weather changes sometimes throughout the day. The good thing is
most all of the changing conditions are all positive as far as the
fishing goes. We are going to have some big days in April with the
Chinook Salmon on lake Coeur D Alene and there will be some good days
for the Bass and Pike as well but I think for them the best is later in
May. I guess the point is if you havenít gotten your gear rigged
and ready its time to get after it and get the boat in the water and get
Salmon trollers if you have been out in March and
early April you have already had some fun. We have been seeing
good numbers of 7-12 pound Chinooks being caught with the largest of the
season so far being an amazing 18.5 pounds. Iím telling you that
was a big fish for this time of year or any time for that matter.
Most of the bites now will be in the top 30 foot of the water column.
We will run shallow off of the downriggers and planer boards or even
with weights and a long line. I have been hooking most of the fish
on helmeted herring and have landed a few on the deep down Husky Jerk
Rapalas. Itís no secret my favorite colors are fire tiger and hot
tiger. Most of the boats will be on the south end of the lake from
east point to Harrison but we have landed fish at Mica, Carlin and
Driftwood so donít be afraid to venture out and about. It
looks like the spring shallow water fishing will at least go through
April and maybe into May it will depend on weather and water flows.
Good luck out there if you need some up to date info we will be out a
lot now just check in at the store and we will do our best to get you on
the right troll.
It is time to start doing some casting for the
Northern Pike, the bait fishermen are still getting them on the main
lake and the chains but if your to antsy for that type of fishing start
throwing some jerk baits. The fish on the chains should be going
to spawn and the main lake Pike will be soon they usually spawn the
second or third week of April give or take a week again depending on
conditions. I like it best after the spawn so the timing should be
good coming up. In addition to the jerk baits try some weed less
spoons and off course good old daredevil style spoons. This is the
time you fish the flats of the bays so it is usually in shallow 2-6 foot
of water. If you find some leftover green weed growth even if it
is in a little deeper water try those areas as well.
The Smallmouth are just starting to get active, I
like to cast lipless crank baits and cover the water. If they
arenít chasing and slamming those try some tube jigs and slow things
down. The fish havenít slid up on the shorelines just yet but they
will soon. As I mentioned this time of the year conditions change
fast so adapt and catch some fish.
See you on the lake.