North Fork of Coeur d’Alene Update

Michael Visintainer - 03/11/17

Idaho Westslope Cutthroat Trout.

You gotta go, to know.

While we get quite a few reports from folks, we find that we always like to have first hand accounts from us personally here at the shop. Of course that means that we have to go fishing ;) I know, tough job right?! Despite a big work load this week, Mike and I bolted up to the NF Coeur d'Alene River Wednesday to see just how much snow we are looking at, levels, etc. Just as we expected, lots of snow, but great river levels! While we didn't fish much, just two spots, we did find some fish on the on streamers and nymph rigs. Warmer temps will really wake things up too this next week. We did see a couple fish rising to midges in the eddies which was optimistic. Interestingly enough, the road beyond Shoshone Work Center was plowed to mile 41. Something I have never seen in my twenty odd years of fishing up there. While watching the gentleman get airlifted out of Shoshone WC that had been lost for two days (lucky guy), we talked with some truck drivers hauling timber out. They said for the next 2-3 years they will be pulling out down or salvageable timber left over from the fires in 2015 before it all rots and becomes more fire fuel. It was pretty neat to see a part of the upper NF CdA that is typically only accessible by snowmobile this time of the year.

  • Coeur d'Alene River
    Fishing Near the Prichard Bridge
  • Snow plowed road on the Coeur d'Alene River.
    Mile Marker 40
  • Sliding down slow banks to the river.
    Sliding down the river bank.
  • Netting a cutthroat on the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho.
    Count It!
  • Winter Snow on the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho.
    Snowpack 40 miles up river.
  • Trout Spey Fishing.
    Trout Spey
  • Coeur d'Alene River Road.
    Plowed Roads
  • Plowed Snow Banks on the Coeur d'Alene River, Idaho.
    Snow Berms
  • Helicopter Rescue on the upper Coeur d'Alene River
    Helicopter Resuce
  • Little Coeur d'Alene River
    Bumblebee Campground Road