Big Lake Fishing
From the Summer 2015 Issue
Fishing successfullu on Lake Pend Oreille
No question that as a fishing destination, Lake Pend Oreille is most famous for its huge Gerrard rainbow trout and the small but plentiful kokanee salmon.
However, the lake stretches nearly 40 lineal miles with a diversity of habitats for many other species of game fish, both cold and warmwater species.
To fish successfully for those big Kams requires a boat outfitted in most cases with downriggers – and a good bit of knowledge about how and where to fish the lake. If you lack those essential ingredients, several fishing charters operate here:
• Captain Ed Dickson, Diamond Charters since 1992, 32-foot Carver yacht with a flying bridge. 1-800-4TROUT6, www.diamondcharters.com
• Eagle Charters, David Beshunsky and Captain James Mullen, Tollycraft yacht. 264-5274, www.eaglecharters.net
• Kurt Artner, Pend Oreille Charters since 2001, 28-foot cabin cruiser with a flying bridge. 265-6781, www.pocharters.com
• Captain Ken Hayes, Seagull Charters since 1985, 34-foot custom Dolphin yacht. 290-7979, seagullcharters.net
Shoreline fishing on Lake Pend Oreille can serve up a host of other species, including cutthroat and brown trout, crappie, perch, pumpkinseed, smallmouth and largemouth bass and even bullhead, a type of catfish.
A good place to gear up and get intel on where and what to fish is North 40 Outfitters on U.S. Highway 95 in Ponderay. The sporting department is staffed by knowledgeable anglers: 255-5757, www.north40.com.
For a guided excursion, Go Fish! Charters operated by Chad Landrum specializes in the warmwater game fish and charters an agile 18-foot Lund with casting platforms fore and aft for fishermen in quest of pike, walleye, perch, bass and crappie plus whitefish, trout and more: 597-5020,