Spring Fishing Is Here

Sean Visintainer - 03/23/23

Redband Trout

The long wait is over.

Spring fishing is finally here. Anglers are beginning to come out from their winter slumber and the trout are starting to look up. A few early reports of some dry fly activity on the rivers with midges and bwo's making up the starting lineup of hatches. Nemoura and skwala stones will soon be more prevalent, don't leave home without some stonefly nymphs as they are a staple for spring indicator fishing.

The NF Coeur d'Alene and Clark Fork are some of the best bets right now. The St. Joe is a little more "wintery" but adventurous anglers have already floated the lower river, braving the ice ledges and tossing boats over the snow banks. The Spokane River is closed as of March 15th from the ID/WA state line to Nine Mile Falls Dam. Please report anyone fishing to WDFW if you see them, help protect our spawning Redbands!

Early season lakes like Amber and Coffeepot are fishing alright. The ice came off really quick last week and folks got to fishing right away. Leeches, blobs, and chironomids on both have been productive. Medical is still frozen as of Monday with 4” of ice.

Whether you need bugs, leaders / tippet, fresh line, or more, we are stocked and ready to roll for spring! Come see the crew here at the shop and get to fishing!

Amber Lake after ice-out. Photo by Kenyon