Spokane River, Washington
The Upper and Lower Spokane Closed March 15 (Thursday). Fishing was good... but you missed it!
The middle stretch is open year round as well as the river in Idaho. Please refer to the regs for exact details... as well as google maps :)
On the high side of good, but plenty of water to fish. Upper and Lower Close March 15.
North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Twenty Inchers - jigged or regular
Pats Rubber legs
Hot bead Pat’s
Double bead stones
Small Copper Johns
Hot bead nymphs
Lead Eye Leeches
Mr Creepo - All colors
The NF Coeur d'Alene River is a good option right now as it starts to wake up from it's winter slumber. Flows are hanging in there as temps start to warm. Streamer and nymph fishing has been the most consistent. There is some dry fly activity in the slow water with midges and bwo stuff. The skwallas should start to happen here soon. For now get your bugs down and find the slower, deeper water. Get out of the house and go fish!
Decent flows, starting to warm up.
St. Joe River, Idaho
Skwalla - yes. Very. Very. Few.
Mr Creepo Streamer - yellow
Sculpzilla - white
Big bird buggers
Lead Eye Leech
Mini Dungeon - yellow or olive
Pats rubber legs - olive
Kenyon from the shop report good fishing today on the Joe, hitting the lower end on foot. Streamer fishing was best with the yellow Mr. Creepo he said. Also found fish on nymph rigs like olive pats, jig prince, etc. water was in good shape and the snow along the banks is melting fast. He did confirm seeing two skwallas out tho!
Guide Scott Ross reported floating Marble to Calder on the weekend and found fish even tho he said it was winter like still. Usual winter nymphs like what Kenyon reported today but streamers for him were better with white. Both reported minimal dry fly activity even tho lots of bwos and midges out. I would suspect that changes at anytime.
Huckelberry and 16 mile boat launches still inaccessible.
Improving. Still a little cold though. On the rise but nothing out of control.
Current Flow at Calder
Prediction Flow - Calder
Clark Fork, Montana
BH Pheasant Tails
Some activity going on the Clark Fork River this past few days with warmer temps. Midges are out but it's best to be nymphing (san juan, pt, midge pupa, stone) or streamer fishing. Midge dry fly activity should pick up considerably this week with warmer temps.
Current Flow at St. Regis
Prediction Flow - St. Regis
Ice Cream Cone Patterns - black
Bloodworm patterns - aka San Juans
Amber Lake -
Fishing great. Chironomids like chromies are doing best. Leeches and balanced leeches are doing well too. Fishing the west end and shoreline areas has been most productive.
Coffeepot Lake -
Thawed out and fishing well with leeches. Yes you can launch a boat.
Medical Lake -
Wayne Jordan swung by Medical Lake for a couple hours yesterday morning and reported the lake is ice free and back to fishing. He picked up a few fish on bloodworms along the shorelines on his quick stop.
Amber Lake - ice free, great
Medical Lake - ice free, good
Coffeepot Lake - ice free, good
We are wrapping up the reports on the Grande, Snake, and Clearwater steelhead season. Time to let them do their thing as they get ready to spawn.
2017/2018 season review:
The low numbers had everyone panicked and while yes the low numbers are very alarming, the fishing was good still for those that went and worked hard. Best-worst-year-ever was theme for most of the season. Overall fish size more classic of the A run fish that come into the Grande Ronde. Our guide crew had some pretty good days though with a few fish in the 30–31” range. After some frozen days late fall, the Ronde thawed out and did the usual winter dance with levels usually too high but eventually it calmed down for some brief windows of opportunity and some great days could be had. Looking forward to next year with some more fish!
Done reporting for the season.
Grande Ronde River at Troy - 5310 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 37800 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 27500 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding