Lake Couer D' Alene- Salmon, bass and pike are really starting to get going! The smallmouth have moved up to there spawning grounds. This means locating very large fish is not uncommon. We are targeting these fish in the gravel flats all over the lake using dropshotting methods as well as crank baits. The smallmouth fishery in Lake Couer D' Alene continues to get better and better each year. It is not uncommon to catch 40+ quality fish in a single day trip.
We are still targeting Chinook salmon in the upper 30 feet of the water column on Lake Coeur D' Alene. The average size salmon we have seen this spring has been around 6-9 pounds. Trolling for these bright hard fighting salmon is our go to method this time of the year. Pulling herring and plugs is the most successful way to catch these fish.
Pike fishing is starting to pick and will keep getting better as the water warms up a bit. Spinner baits, crank baits and spoons are the go to tools for these sharp tooth torpedoes.