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Offline RayneBidziil22

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3510 on: Feb 10, 2019, 09:48 PM »
I heard the lowered the lake do to doing sewer repair on a camp ground somewhere down there I think Harrison area
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Offline cocolallakid

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3511 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:38 AM »
Tried Sunnyside yesterday for about 2 hrs nothing bit. Was out as far as the island and it's only 1.5 fow. Ice varied from 6-7" in spots and only 2" in others so I did not do any exploring. Checked fry creek on my way home and it is totally dried up with no safe ice over fishable water. They really dropped the lake down this year. I'll be surprised if we ever get solid ice fishing on pol again in the future if they keep dropping it so low. Think I'm gunna explore a new lake today and try spirit for kokes. I'll keep yalls updated

Offline plfish

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3512 on: Feb 11, 2019, 08:05 PM »
Hit Blue Lake (north of Priest River) yesterday afternoon.  10” of good solid ice.  Had to wait until the afternoon for things to warm up as the weather station on the airstrip at Priest Lake was -11 yesterday morning with some breezy conditions.  Pulled in 10 or so perch all about 8” and one pumpkinseed in about an hour and a half.   

Offline gillsonice

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3513 on: Feb 12, 2019, 06:53 PM »
I sure wish it would stop snowing  lol,  15 inches and counting in boundary county  >:(

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3514 on: Feb 13, 2019, 05:44 PM »
I was thinking of hitting Granite or Kelso in the next few days.  Anybody been out who could report on conditions?  I haven’t fished them before....but want to give it a try.

Offline cocolallakid

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3515 on: Feb 13, 2019, 10:31 PM »
Tried spirit on Monday. Never fished it before. After talking to locals I found the maiden rock boat launch and fished from the center of the bay out to the first big point lookers left from the launch. I had a tip up with a worm along the shore for trout and four other rods rigged with beadchain and dropper glow hooks and maggots. Drilled and fished 15 holes around the bay. Fished all 80' of water and no bites. I don't use a vexlar or electronic fish finding equipment. Curious if anyone reading this is old school and fishes for Kokanee without electronic equipment and might have some tips? Anyone catch any of the planted Chinook out of spirit? All in all It was fun to fish some new water!

Offline cocolallakid

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3516 on: Feb 13, 2019, 10:36 PM »
Fished Coco yesterday on the north end. Had a trout rig close to shore and 3 perch rigs out deep. Lots of snow and a pain to move around the lake I didn't drill more than 4 holes. Fished for 3 hrs without a bite. Ice was easily 8+ inches. Slow weekend of ice fishing for me.

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3517 on: Feb 14, 2019, 09:50 AM »
Fished Coco yesterday on the north end. Had a trout rig close to shore and 3 perch rigs out deep. Lots of snow and a pain to move around the lake I didn't drill more than 4 holes. Fished for 3 hrs without a bite. Ice was easily 8+ inches. Slow weekend of ice fishing for me.

The perch are usually out in and about the 35 to 40 foot range at Coco. Not had much luck in closer but there are some.   A silver and blue 1/4 oz castmaster spoon pounding the bottom at times should attract a school and then have a jig with plastic tail and maggots, then perch eyes after you catch one.  My wife swears the perch bite best when a train goes by, which is often.  Toward the end of Feb you won't be able to keep the perch off your line.

Offline jagmt

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3518 on: Feb 14, 2019, 03:45 PM »
Fished mirror today from 7:00-12:30. The ice was 10”, 4 was clear and 6 was white. We were in 60 fow and caught two limits of Kokanee and released about a dozen more that weren’t quite big enough to keep. The fish we kept were fairly small in the 8-10” range. They were biting anywhere from 40’ to 5’  the one around 5’ we could see down the hole which was pretty neat.

Thanks for the update.


Offline Jraystevens21

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3519 on: Feb 15, 2019, 10:00 PM »
I was curious if anyone had a flasher that they would part ways with?

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3520 on: Feb 16, 2019, 06:25 PM »
Is Priest lake fishable after last weeks cold spell? Been catching big perch in gamble and some little kokanee in Mirror but would like to go try for some lake trout if it's an option.

Offline Idahoice

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3521 on: Feb 16, 2019, 06:29 PM »


If lake trout is what you want go to Northwest Montana a couple hours of a drive can provide you with world-class fishing. There are several lakes that hold trophy class macs.

Offline Jraystevens21

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3522 on: Feb 16, 2019, 06:31 PM »
That is awesome! If you dont mind me asking what part of Montana? Kalispel on flathead?

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3523 on: Feb 16, 2019, 08:24 PM »
I’ve been working at steamboat bay on priest lake and the ice that is there is more like floating slush, nowhere near safe, swung by cavanaugh the other day and it looks the same.  I don’t think ice fishing will be an option up there this year.

Offline northidahoyota

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3524 on: Feb 16, 2019, 08:37 PM »
Thanks for the intel, guess I'll have to wait a few months for Priest then haha. With the snow load on the ice everywhere is a slushy wet mess.

Offline northidahoyota

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3525 on: Feb 16, 2019, 08:43 PM »
What size hole did you have to squeeze that Montana trout through? That thing is a monster

Offline Idahoice

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3526 on: Feb 16, 2019, 09:02 PM »
8 inch k drill with a good squat. That Beauty went back to swim another day.

Offline jagmt

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Re: North Idaho Ice
« Reply #3527 on: Feb 18, 2019, 11:18 PM »
Fished Mirror today. Let’s of little Kokanee.. biggest being 8ish inches.

 



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