During the month of July, walleyes were well distributed throughout Lake Pend Oreille from the Clark Fork River downstream into the Pend Oreille River. Areas of concentrations where more than five acoustic tagged walleyes have been located in recent weeks include the upper Clark Fork River from the Cabinet Gorge hatchery downstream to the delta, and from Sunnyside west to Oden and Kootenai Bays.
The bridges near Sandpoint have also seen good concentrations of walleyes in recent weeks. Based on recent active tracking from boats, Fishermans Island, and the weedlines of Oden Bay and Kootenai Bay have had good numbers of walleyes as well.
Some of the transmitters we have implanted in walleyes earlier this spring allow us to determine what depth the fish are are using. For most of the summer, the vast majority of out tagged walleyes have been in shallow water, less than 15 feet deep. Recent tracking data suggest walleyes are beginning to moving out a little deeper.
- Attribution:IDFG staff