Sandpoint/Ponderay Fishing Report
April 18, 2019
Lake Pend Oreille
Reports on the lake are increasing. Water temperature reports vary where you’re at on the lake, but safe to say, most are between 40 and 45 degrees. Some pike action has been reported on gear, so you could probably find some pike with the fly along weed edges and dropoffs. Bass action is still tough for the fly. Trout may be found cruising edges and cobble flats. Mysis shrimp are a popular forage for trout, so try some flies imitating those. Stripping streamers will produce fish too if you know where to look. As the weather gets nicer, and the water temperature rises, expect better fly fishing opportunities to show up.
Clark Fork River (ID)
Hatches have been slow, and the water is still cold. We’re definitely seeing some increased bug action compared to last month. Look at tossing a #16-18 bwo or adams if you see risers. The best fishing will be upstream of the rail bridge. The sporadic flows make it tough to make a full day outing, so keep an eye on the chart. If you find some fish, drift a mop fly or squirmy wormy in tandem with a pheasant tail or 20 incher. A few cutties and browns here and there, and I’ve caught a few very large whitefish as well. We’re still a ways off from great fishing.
The water temperature on Coco is increasing, which will have the fish a bit more active. The lake is well out of its normal banks with Cocolalla creek pumping in a lot of water from the south end. The drop on the north end of the lake will be an awesome spot to catch cruising fish. Strip woolly buggers, thin mints, and balanced leeches. Try not to throw anything too large. Take your time and work the drops.
Kootenai River (ID & MT)
The Kootenai is flowing stable around its base flow of 4,000 cfs. There are reports of a few fish here and there are popping up, but most people aren’t fishing the river yet. The water temperatures are still chilly, but you may find some rising fish coming up for midges and baetis. Look at throwing a #16-18 bwo or adams to rising trout. If you’re going to nymph here, go big. Pat’s rubber legs and nemec stones will catch the attention of hungry trout. Also, bigger streamers will give you the chance at some of the larger specimens lurking around structure.