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North Idaho Fishing Report

 

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 fishing!

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.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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