Go Fish! Charters Lake Pend Oreille & the Clark Fork River
Nestled between tree-covered mountain ranges in the north Idaho Panhandle, Pend Oreille boasts a surprisingly moderate climate that allows for exceptional year-round recreation. The lake is fed by the world renowned Clark Fork River and forms the headwaters of the Pend Oreille River. At 1200 feet, it is the 5th deepest lake in the U.S. and the largest natural lake in Idaho.
Lake Pend Oreille has a rich history of fisheries management, largely due to its incredible potential. Fish introductions over the years include Lake Superior whitefish, Kokanee, Kamloop, Brown trout, Lake trout, Large and Smallmouth bass, White crappie, Yellow perch, Walleye, and Pike. As a result, the lake has seen significant shifts in fish populations and has supported commercial fisheries for Lake whitefish and Kokanee.
Meanwhile, warmwater fish populations are exploding, with quality fish in
every category. Fish size in Pend Oreille is unparalleled for its latitude (49 N) and extends beyond the kamloop trout that made it famous. Largemouth bass in the 6-8 lb range are caught each year, with reports of fish up to 12 lbs. Smallmouths average 2 lbs and range to 7. Two lb Crappie are common, and Walleye up to 15 lb are being caught. Lake whitefish average 20" and Perch 12-15".
With 30 years of fishing experience, Chad has worked with and caught fish around the world. As a trained fisheries biologist, he has a broad perspective and unusual insight into fishing and fish management. Lake Pend Oreille's natural beauty and phenomenal fishing led him to guide its waters.
Chad is a licensed master with the U.S. Coast Guard and is
bonded and insured. He fishes from a fully equipped 21' Lund.