With the current heat wave, fly fishing the rivers will be best in the early morning and you’ll also see fewer recreational tubers. Many flies are working, including goldens, drakes, PMDs, caddis and Yellow Sallies. Focus on faster, well-oxygenated water.
Trout and kokanee
What a difference a week can make. Last Wednesday night at Loon Lake, two friends and I fished in winter jackets for kokanee in front of Granite Point and caught only five. Tuesday night, a friend and I fished in T-shirts and caught 20 in half the time.
Williams, Badger, Downs and Fishtrap lakes are booting out rainbow limits, and anglers are also catching kokanee at Badger.
Other lowland lakes such as West Medical, Amber and Clear are providing decent fishing. Up north, Waitts Lake remains good for rainbow and browns.
At Fins and Feathers in Coeur d’Alene, Jeff Smith said the kokanee bite on the big lake is definitely not game-on yet. “We’re catching a few big fish, but many…