Fishing in North Idaho
Lakes, rivers and streams dominate Idaho's northern counties with 140 lakes and nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. Anglers and other water sports people can spend endless hours in their pursuits. Most lakes and rivers offer sandy beaches and parks scattered along their shores.
The six major lakes include: Lake Pend Oreille, the state's largest lake, has 90,000 surface acres of water with depths to 1,150 feet. Priest Lake is two lakes connected by a 2.5 mile river referred to as the "thoroughfare". These bodies have almost 24,000 acres of surface water and stretch for 25 miles. Lake Coeur d'Alene, about 25 miles long, has 135 miles of shoreline; Hayden Lake covers about 4,000 acres; Spirit Lake, Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, and Hauser Lake are but a few of the other area lakes.
The major rivers are the Coeur d'Alene, the St. Joe, the Spokane, the Pend Oreille and Priest River. Waters from this region yield one-third of the state's record fish. Lake Pend Oreille's famous kamloops have produced a world record 37 pounder. Lake Coeur d'Alene is known for it's large chinook salmon and cutthroat trout. Other area species include: trout, crappie, perch, large-mouth bass, bullheads, channel catfish, blue gills, sunfish, northern pike, and tiger muskies.
Boat Registration / Dock Usage Fees:
If a boat is currently registered in any state, 60 days of boating use is allowed without registering in Idaho. To register a boat or for information, phone the Idaho Department of Park and Recreation at (208) 769-1511.
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