Memorial Day Fishing Forecast

Sean Visintainer - 05/21/15

North Idaho Cutthroat Trout Adipose Fin.

3 Days of Play Time

Ahhhhh yes, Memorial Day Weekend, 3 days of potential fishing adventures. Traditionally it's the start of fishing season for lots of anglers out there. So what's the low-down on our area fisheries? Well here is the general rundown on what's happening in neck of the woods.

  • North Fork Coeur d'Alene - wow, looks like late June or July up here! The NF Coeur d'Alene being a lower elevations didn't have a lot of snowpack and is in great shape for this weekend. Floating the NF Coeur d'Alene is going to be a float / wade trip because lots of the riffles are already super skinny and you will have to drag your boat. Pontoons will be a fine option. Hitting the river on foot will be most ideal. Everywhere on the river is accessible on foot. Hatches of PMD's, caddis, March browns, yellow sallies and brown drakes. Will the river be busy? Yeah, there will be plenty of people there, but it's better than doing yard work!

  • St. Joe - is in great shape for Memorial Day Weekend. From Calder downstream however is an area you want to avoid because of the jet boat races this weekend. I repeat... do not float or wade below Calder. It will be closed for floating due to the races. Above Calder though will be perfect. The river is at a late June level and great for wading or floating. The river near Spruce Tree CG is on the colder side, fish are there, but will be lethargic in the morning. Best fishing will be below Gold Creek. Stoneflies, brown drakes, March Browns, caddis, PMD's and yellow sallies are all on the menu.

  • Spokane River - Closed til June.

  • Clark Fork - big, but on the drop. The Clark Fork is on the drop again and if stays course should be a good option for the weekend. A skwala with a drake or March brown should get the fish up a san juan dropper would also be a high probability. Clarity is improving and is already clear enough to fish... just on the bigger side of flows.

  • Local Lakes - sounds like they are quiet from the number of reports we have had. The fishing has been good though overall, most people are out on the rivers so you shouldn't have too much competition. Damsels fly nymphs or similar patterns fished on intermediate or sink-tips has been productive on lakes like Amber. Chironomid and callibaetis nymphs are also still fishing well in less than 15' of water. The balanced leech is also been reported to be productive at times still. I would say Amber, Medical, West Medical are all good options right now.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and happy fishing.