It has been a roller coaster of a spring here in North Idaho. We have seen temps in the 70's and then back down to the 30's with snow. It has made for some interesting fishing to say the least. Things over the past week have finally stabilized and water temps on Lake Coeur D' Alene are starting reach the low 50's in the bays. Smallmouth bass have made their way up to spawn and male pike are patrolling the shallows post spawn. We have picked up a few largemouth bass that are just starting to come up to the shallows and staging to spawn. Water clarity has been a little low with this influx in water we have seen over the last week. That being said, we have still been able to sight fish for large northern pike in the shallows which is an awesome experience.
The Chinook Salmon fishing has been a little hit and miss but we have taken some absolutely beautiful fish out of the lake this spring. With our recent rising waters there are still some opportunities to target the chinooks close to the surface.
Lake Pend Orielle has been producing great numbers of kamloop rainbow trout. We target these fish in similar ways as Lake CDA, trolling with planer boards close to the surface. Mike has been out several times already on the Big Pond and has seen some awesome success. If you have never caught a Kamloop you are truly missing out, they are incredible fighters!
Check out some of our latest catches from this last weekend!