Lake Pend Oreille

Flows into the Pend Oreille River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Lake Pend Oreille in Bonner and Kootenai Counties is 92,764.4 acres.

Formed by glaciers and encircled by mountain peaks and deep green forests, Lake Pend Oreille is Idaho's largest lake and one of the deepest inland lakes in North America. A renowned recreation and fishing mecca with a shoreline of 144 miles, its depth has been measured in excess of 1,170 feet. Anglers can try for multiple varieties of fish such as kokanee salmon, Kamloops rainbow trout, bull trout, and lake trout. In the winter the shallow areas near the lake outlet are favorites spots for ice fishing. Lake Pend Oreille is also the home of the 37 pound state record Kamloops rainbow trout caught by Wes Hamlet in 1947. Also, the world record bull trout (32 lbs) was caught in Lake Pend Oreille.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
No
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
Yes
Campground
Yes
ADA Access
Handicap Accessible

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
6/19/2017 Kokanee 310,546 Less than 6 inches
6/16/2017 Kokanee 237,360 Less than 6 inches
6/15/2017 Kokanee 3,894,859 Less than 6 inches
6/22/2016 Kokanee 819,000 Less than 6 inches
6/21/2016 Kokanee 902,175 Less than 6 inches
6/12/2015 Kokanee 1,007,631 Less than 6 inches
6/11/2015 Kokanee 1,641,481 Less than 6 inches
5/7/2015 Kokanee 520,289 Less than 6 inches
6/20/2014 Kokanee 1,701,745 Less than 6 inches
6/19/2014 Kokanee 3,513,054 Less than 6 inches
7/2/2013 Kokanee 852,304 Less than 6 inches
7/1/2013 Kokanee 804,506 Less than 6 inches
6/21/2013 Kokanee 710,362 Less than 6 inches
6/20/2013 Kokanee 1,879,499 Less than 6 inches
6/19/2013 Kokanee 2,597,784 Less than 6 inches
6/18/2013 Kokanee 2,921,760 Less than 6 inches
6/3/2013 Kokanee 1,583,116 Less than 6 inches
7/10/2012 Kokanee 260,004 Less than 6 inches
7/9/2012 Kokanee 765,630 Less than 6 inches
6/12/2012 Kokanee 578,307 Less than 6 inches
6/11/2012 Kokanee 314,535 Less than 6 inches
7/13/2011 Kokanee 161,549 Less than 6 inches
7/12/2011 Kokanee 718,548 Less than 6 inches
7/11/2011 Kokanee 718,548 Less than 6 inches
7/1/2011 Kokanee 271,125 Less than 6 inches
6/30/2011 Kokanee 1,645,294 Less than 6 inches
6/29/2011 Kokanee 2,698,538 Less than 6 inches
6/28/2011 Kokanee 2,440,038 Less than 6 inches
6/22/2011 Kokanee 695,568 Less than 6 inches
6/21/2011 Kokanee 671,155 Less than 6 inches
3/27/2008 Kokanee 25,000 Less than 6 inches
6/21/2006 Kokanee 145,135 Less than 6 inches
6/19/2006 Kokanee 940,337 Less than 6 inches
6/16/2006 Kokanee 358,653 Less than 6 inches
6/15/2006 Kokanee 1,014,454 Less than 6 inches
6/6/2006 Kokanee 911,114 Less than 6 inches
6/20/2005 Kokanee 198,342 Less than 6 inches
6/17/2005 Kokanee 806,391 Less than 6 inches
6/6/2005 Kokanee 110,504 Less than 6 inches
6/3/2005 Kokanee 460,600 Less than 6 inches
6/2/2005 Kokanee 511,454 Less than 6 inches
6/1/2005 Kokanee 1,464,770 Less than 6 inches
5/31/2005 Kokanee 568,618 Less than 6 inches
3/26/2004 Kokanee 174,000 Less than 6 inches
8/28/2002 Rainbow Trout 300 Greater than 6 inches
8/13/2002 Rainbow Trout 300 Greater than 6 inches
5/5/2000 Kokanee 877,519 Less than 6 inches
4/21/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 140,000 Less than 6 inches
4/20/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 50,400 Less than 6 inches
4/13/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 50,692 Greater than 6 inches
3/27/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,400 Greater than 6 inches
3/17/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 27,600 Greater than 6 inches
3/16/2000 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,400 Greater than 6 inches
3/12/1999 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 13,045 Less than 6 inches
3/11/1999 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 25,740 Less than 6 inches
3/9/1999 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 12,870 Less than 6 inches
3/8/1999 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 48,379 Less than 6 inches
3/18/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 34,170 Less than 6 inches
3/17/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 13,157 Less than 6 inches
3/2/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 22,862 Less than 6 inches
2/25/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 26,958 Less than 6 inches
2/23/1998 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 12,310 Less than 6 inches
7/24/1997 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,110 Less than 6 inches
7/23/1997 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 34,127 Less than 6 inches
7/18/1997 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 36,200 Less than 6 inches
7/8/1997 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,763 Less than 6 inches
6/2/1997 Kokanee 500 Less than 6 inches
6/28/1996 Kokanee 1,045 Less than 6 inches
6/20/1996 Kokanee 1,278,340 Less than 6 inches
6/11/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 28,149 Less than 6 inches
6/10/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 11,148 Less than 6 inches
5/31/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 17,738 Less than 6 inches
5/29/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 10,072 Less than 6 inches
5/13/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 915 Less than 6 inches
5/6/1996 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 24,205 Less than 6 inches
7/12/1995 Kokanee 4,027,460 Less than 6 inches
6/5/1995 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 2,977 Less than 6 inches
5/25/1995 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 24,018 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1995 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 62,000 Less than 6 inches
7/11/1994 Kokanee 4,231,347 Less than 6 inches
7/8/1994 Kokanee 430,100 Less than 6 inches
7/7/1994 Kokanee 916,709 Less than 6 inches
6/10/1994 Kokanee 4,324,487 Less than 6 inches
5/23/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 14,289 Less than 6 inches
5/19/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 24,720 Less than 6 inches
5/11/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,400 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,400 Less than 6 inches
4/22/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 5,000 Greater than 6 inches
4/21/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 9,200 Less than 6 inches
4/19/1994 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 10,030 Greater than 6 inches
5/21/1993 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 15,560 Less than 6 inches
5/18/1993 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 70,600 Less than 6 inches
6/30/1992 Kokanee 1,940,882 Less than 6 inches
6/29/1992 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,165 Less than 6 inches
6/4/1992 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 19,560 Less than 6 inches
5/15/1992 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 50,130 Less than 6 inches
7/19/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 10,560 Less than 6 inches
7/18/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 15,840 Less than 6 inches
7/16/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 4,992 Less than 6 inches
5/31/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 59,690 Less than 6 inches
5/17/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 10,286 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1991 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 20,993 Less than 6 inches
7/24/1990 Kokanee 1,137,600 Less than 6 inches
6/14/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 10,050 Less than 6 inches
5/25/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 18,998 Less than 6 inches
5/16/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 9,976 Less than 6 inches
5/14/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 2,076 Less than 6 inches
5/11/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 9,867 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 16,264 Less than 6 inches
5/1/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 21,660 Less than 6 inches
4/25/1990 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 20,160 Less than 6 inches
7/28/1989 Kokanee 1,024,000 Less than 6 inches
7/26/1989 Kokanee 1,428,000 Less than 6 inches
7/18/1989 Kokanee 984,000 Less than 6 inches
6/29/1989 Kokanee 1,256,000 Less than 6 inches
7/27/1988 Kokanee 1,570,500 Less than 6 inches
6/27/1988 Kokanee 1,607,000 Less than 6 inches
9/28/1983 Kokanee 12,520 Less than 6 inches
8/11/1982 Kokanee 665,440 Less than 6 inches
8/10/1982 Kokanee 815,164 Less than 6 inches
8/1/1975 Cutthroat Trout 110,432 Less than 6 inches
5/8/1974 Cutthroat Trout 2,004 Less than 6 inches
4/29/1974 Bull Trout 124,800 Less than 6 inches
4/23/1974 Bull Trout 101,184 Less than 6 inches
4/17/1974 Bull Trout 108,000 Less than 6 inches
9/13/1973 Rainbow Trout 32,130 Less than 6 inches
9/10/1973 Rainbow Trout 18,000 Less than 6 inches
6/28/1973 Kokanee 100,320 Less than 6 inches
6/27/1973 Kokanee 134,288 Less than 6 inches
5/18/1973 Bull Trout 148,128 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1973 Kokanee 213,888 Less than 6 inches
3/27/1973 Bull Trout 203,488 Less than 6 inches
11/14/1972 Rainbow Trout 9,887 Less than 6 inches
10/31/1972 Rainbow Trout 28,400 Less than 6 inches
6/29/1972 Cutthroat Trout 2,840 Less than 6 inches
6/22/1972 Cutthroat Trout 9,200 Less than 6 inches
5/10/1972 Bull Trout 101,405 Less than 6 inches
4/26/1972 Bull Trout 101,600 Less than 6 inches
9/22/1971 Rainbow Trout 12,900 Less than 6 inches
9/17/1971 Rainbow Trout 9,675 Less than 6 inches
9/16/1971 Rainbow Trout 27,950 Less than 6 inches
5/17/1971 Bull Trout 203,040 Less than 6 inches
9/30/1970 Rainbow Trout 19,110 Less than 6 inches
9/29/1970 Rainbow Trout 8,400 Less than 6 inches
9/28/1970 Rainbow Trout 25,200 Less than 6 inches
9/25/1970 Rainbow Trout 8,400 Less than 6 inches
9/24/1970 Rainbow Trout 10,120 Less than 6 inches
9/30/1969 Rainbow Trout 22,506 Less than 6 inches
9/29/1969 Rainbow Trout 24,200 Less than 6 inches
9/25/1969 Rainbow Trout 15,730 Less than 6 inches
9/24/1969 Rainbow Trout 13,310 Less than 6 inches
9/22/1969 Rainbow Trout 21,000 Less than 6 inches
9/2/1969 Rainbow Trout 500 Adults
9/2/1969 Rainbow Trout 950 Greater than 6 inches
9/23/1968 Rainbow Trout 5,610 Less than 6 inches
9/20/1968 Rainbow Trout 4,250 Less than 6 inches
9/19/1968 Rainbow Trout 16,775 Less than 6 inches
9/18/1968 Rainbow Trout 18,000 Less than 6 inches
9/16/1968 Rainbow Trout 15,000 Less than 6 inches
9/12/1968 Rainbow Trout 20,120 Less than 6 inches
9/11/1968 Rainbow Trout 15,150 Less than 6 inches
9/10/1968 Rainbow Trout 20,200 Less than 6 inches
8/23/1968 Rainbow Trout 3,450 Greater than 6 inches
8/20/1968 Rainbow Trout 2,560 Greater than 6 inches
7/19/1968 Rainbow Trout 1,260 Greater than 6 inches
10/19/1967 Rainbow Trout 10,735 Less than 6 inches
10/10/1967 Rainbow Trout 30,720 Less than 6 inches
10/2/1967 Rainbow Trout 6,389 Less than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rules
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Pend Oreille River (from railroad bridge at Sandpoint downstream to Idaho-Washington border, including tributaries and sloughs to the edge of flat water)
  • Bass limit is 6, only two may be Largemouth Bass, no Largemouth Bass under 16 inches
  • Trout limit is 6, no harvest of Cutthroat Trout
Pend Oreille Lake (includes Sand, Strong, Riser, Bayview, and Mirror creeks and their tributaries)
  • No limit on the number of fishing rods per angler while fishing from a boat
  • Bass limit is 6, only two may be Largemouth Bass, no Largemouth Bass under 16 inches
  • No limit on Lake Trout. Lake trout may be possesed in the field or in transit with the head removed.
  • Cutthroat Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Mouths of Gold, North Gold, Granite and Trestle creeks are closed to fishing for a radius of 100 yards into the lake
  • Rainbow trout limit is 2, only 1 over 20 inches.
Panhandle Region Bag Limits
Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
Brook Trout
  • Brook Trout limit is 25
Bull Trout
  • Bull Trout limit is 0, catch-and-release
Burbot
  • Burbot limit is 6
Chinook Salmon (land-locked)
  • Chinook Salmon limit is 2, none under 20 inches
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 15
Sturgeon
  • Fishing for or targeting sturgeon in the Kootenai River is illegal
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, Artic Grayling, trout hybrids (e.g. Tiger Trout)
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • Does not include Bull Trout and Brook Trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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