I hope you are ready to fish this next month or so
because it is GO time on Coeur D Alene lake for the Smallmouth Bass and
Northern Pike also the Kokanee get things started in May as well.
There are windows of time when fish are more active and more predictable
and May is usually one of those times. Many of these fish will be
in shallow water and they will get after it. Sometimes fishing can
be work but this is one of the super fun times to fish.
The Northern Pike are done with their spawn and
have moved into shallow water this shallow time will last until the
water gets to warm for comfort. Donít wait if you want to do some
shallow water Pike fishing with top water, Johnson spoons or even fly
fish for them. There are a lot of good easy access bays start in
the very back 2-4 feet of water and work your way out it is about as
much fun as you can have when you hit them right!
The Smallmouth are about to go on the spawn so this
also puts them in tight and shallow. Pitching tubes, creature
baits or rubber worms is a riot! They will also hit some floating
plugs and jerk baits. Use some discretion on the spawners as they
are the future let the big girls go. If you cant find spawning
areas work the dock lines there will be fish underneath most of the
docks and boat houses on the lake. We have seen catches in the 6
lb range and have heard of a couple of fish in the 7ís now those are
lunkers. Nothing wrong with 2-5 pounders though and you should run
into several of those.
The landlocked Chinook Salmon are a little tougher
in May as they transition from top water to suspended depths but they
will bite and we have had some oversized Salmon brought in for spring
time fishing. Start going down with your flashers and squids or
flyís in the 30-60 foot range and work some of the points at the mouths
of the different bays. We will still hit fish on helmeted herring
this month maybe by themselves or with a flasher. Early mornings
you might still run a herring shallow to keep the fish honest 20-30
Not a lot of Kokanee reports yet but May is when
things get rolling. Donít hesitate to start putting lines out for
them. We expect them to be on the small side again this season but
good numbers so Kokanee fishermen and women lets get it started!
See you on the lake.