North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Purple Haze para
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
Good fishing on the NF Coeur d'Alene River this week. Fish are starting to look up in the softer water for small dries like midges and bwo's, but some days the skwala or nemoura stones have been finding fish as well on the surface. While it's not red hot fishing it has been good. Nymphing or streamers in the morning hours until things start to warm up mid day. Usual stuff for nymphs like stones, juans, bh prince, copper johns, anato-mays, etc
St. Joe River, Idaho
Gypsy Kings - black or brown
Hi Vis Griffith
Mr Creepo Streamer
Sculpzilla - white
Big bird buggers
Lead Eye Leech
Mini Dungeon - yellow or olive
Pats rubber legs - olive
More good fishing on the St. Joe River later this week reported Kenyon. He spent a couple days up here and did well both times. On Thursday he reported the skwala dry activity started to pick up and fishing chernobyl patterns on the surface started to find fish in the afternoon. Small dries like para adams, bwos, midges, etc will find fish too when searching for risers. Morning hours have been hit or miss. Some days good streamer fishing and/or nymphing, some a little slower. Fishing a small pat's with a pt, bh prince, etc will find them. Yellow or white streamers have been best.
Marble Cr., Huckleberry CG, and Calder boat launches are open and accessible for floating. Big Eddy and 16mile not so much. GO FISH IT'S SPRING!!!!!!!
Good level for late March. Pretty ideal actually.
Current Flow at Calder
Prediction Flow - Calder
Clark Fork, Montana
Hi Vis Griffith Gnats
Small Purple Haze
San Juan - hot bead
Pat's Rubber Legs
Twenty Bomb Stone
Floated the Clark Fork River yesterday with Mike and Kenyon near Superior. Pretty decent fishing right out of the gate with midge activity in the late morning through later afternoon. Small midge dries and midge clusters worked good for risers. As the afternoon progressed the bwo activity picked up and emergers, cripples, and adults all took fish on the surface. Rain showers put fish down at times, but during those times a stone or san juan with a bh pt or prince did the job just fine. Pretty good fishing overall and some of the better dry fly fishing right now in the region. Lots of nemoura stones on the banks and a few skwalas in the bushes but not enough to get fish going on them.
Good level. 44 degree water
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 -
Fishing very well. Full sink lines with leeches down deep has been working well.
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 - 6340 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Troy
Snake River at Anatone - 43100 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Anatone
Clearwater River at Spalding - 28800 ft3/sec
Prediction Flow - Spalding
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 :)
Upper and lower Spokane River closed as of March 15. Lower will reopen June 1. Upper first Saturday of June.