Fins & Feathers Tackle Shop
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1816 Sherman Avenue
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 667-9304

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North Idaho Fishing Report


Spring time is Salmon time on lake Coeur D Alene.  March and April are a lot of CDA anglers favorite time to Salmon troll and the start has been good so far with Chinooks being landed up to 17 pounds and counting.  The reason for the excitement is the fish move up to the top of the water column and go on an aggressive bite.  Most of the action will be in the top 20 feet and mostly on the south end of the lake.  Our best results have been with deep down Husky Jerk Rapalas size 10 or 12 jointed and straight and or helmeted herring.  Now you can fish shallow off of the downriggers, off of planer boards or sidewinders, long line, small weights or small divers all of these options will or could get the job done.  If you havenít fished the Coeur D Alene Chinook in the spring before you owe it to yourself to give it a try.  These Salmon are good to eat and fun to catch and it is not that hard.  If you donít have a boat ready we have our guide boats in the water and ready to go and through March are on off season rates only $495.00 for the boat for a full day up to 5 person! Compare that to $250.00 a person on the Clearwater which is 125 miles away and planted Trout compared to fresh Salmon!  If a guided trip isnít your thing we can get you set up at our retail store with the right gear and some great tips to help you be successful.  We hope to see you on the water this month catching fish.

No boat no problem the spring time is also shoreline fishing time for Northern Pike on the main lake and chain lakes.  This is when you fish with bait such as herring or smelt in the shallows 3-12 foot of water and yes some of the largest fish of the year get landed from the shore with bobber and bait.  If this isnít active enough fishing for you and you have a boat you can get some action in either casting or trolling jerk baits or swim baits.  With a two pole permit and a couple of licensed anglers you can really cover the water especially using the sidewinders to spread the lines.  Surprisingly it is better trolling than casting you just get more bites.

Upcoming events

Spring Chinook derby April 16-17 2016

Spring Pike tourney  April 30-May 1st

Contact Fins & Feathers 1816 Sherman Coeur D Alene Id 83814  for more tourney info and registration

See you on the lake.

Jeff Smith
Jeff@Fins1.com

 


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