I know its ice fishing season and the ice is in
good shape by the way but look out over lake Coeur D Alene it has been
calm for the most part and the temps have been moderate which makes for
some good winter trolling. The Salmon bite has held on throughout
the lake. Now it has had its ups and downs but the Chinook numbers
must just be better this year because there are still fish being caught.
Lots of small fish but enough in the 7-10 pound range to keep things
interesting. So if you have enough Perch from ice fishing get the
boat out and get on the troll a winter Salmon fish feed would taste
pretty good about now wouldn’t it?
The flasher and mini-squid set ups trolled deep
just keep catching fish but make sure you get some helmeted herring out
as well . The majority of the bites are still deep in the 90-110
foot range but I wouldn’t hesitate to start moving some lines around and
even knock the dust off of the planer boards and get those ready.
On the north end give the tubs hill area a try, mid lake its Carlin and
Loffs bays and south around Powderhorn and Eastpoint.
If you don’t have a boat ready to go we have both
guide boats in the water and we have our winter special going which is
$375.00 for the boat for the day up to 4 person . If you don’t
have a group we have some “open boat days” scheduled which you can just
sign up and go the cost is $100.00 per person. We also have our
Salmon Class dates scheduled those are March 7-8 and March 14-15 cost is
$150.00 on these and it is a Friday night instruction a year round how
to on Coeur D Alene Salmon and Saturday is out in the boats for a day on
the lake. If you need more info or sign up just call us at Fins
Back to the ice, on most lakes there is 7-8 inches
or better of ice but you know how things can go around here you better
go while you can because the conditions can change week to week.
For Perch I would try Fernan lake , Cocolalla, Twin or Gamble lakes.
There has been some descent tip-up fishing for Northern Pike on
the chain lakes. A lot of Pike hunters down at Chatcolet but you
can get some action at any of them such as Killarney, Black and Cave.
See you on the lake.