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North Idaho Fishing Report

 

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 on things.

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.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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