Shepherd Lake

Pend Oreille River Drainage

  • Recommended Fishing Water
  • Family Fishing Water

Shepherd Lake in Bonner County is 134.9 acres.

This scenic lowland lake offers a variety of fish species. Ideally fished from a small boat, a fishing dock is also available and a road on the west side of the lake provides some shoreline fishing.


Motor Restriction
Boat Ramp
ADA Access


From US Hwy 95 between Sandpoint and Westmond, turn east on Sagle Rd and proceed 1.3 miles, then veer right onto Talache Rd. Continue another 1.4 miles to the boat ramp access on the right.

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
2023/10/11 Tiger Muskie 100 Catchable (12-14 inches)
2023/05/18 Tiger Muskie 175 Catchable (6+ inches)
2022/05/16 Tiger Muskie 1,201 Catchable (12-14 inches)
2021/05/17 Tiger Muskie 330 Catchable (6+ inches)
2020/06/09 Tiger Muskie 230 Catchable (6+ inches)
2019/06/13 Tiger Muskie 30 Catchable (6+ inches)
2018/06/13 Tiger Muskie 30 Catchable (12-14 inches)
2017/06/19 Tiger Muskie 31 Catchable (6+ inches)
2016/05/25 Tiger Muskie 30 Catchable (6+ inches)
2015/06/08 Tiger Muskie 30 Catchable (6+ inches)
2014/06/24 Tiger Muskie 150 Catchable (6+ inches)
2007/06/26 Tiger Muskie 150 Catchable (6+ inches)
2005/06/22 Tiger Muskie 100 Catchable (6+ inches)
2000/06/13 Tiger Muskie 91 Catchable (6+ inches)
1997/09/29 Tiger Muskie 145 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1993/10/07 Tiger Muskie 150 Catchable (6+ inches)
1991/11/04 Tiger Muskie 105 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1990/09/19 Bluegill 11,500 Unknown Size
1990/09/11 Tiger Muskie 352 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/10/22 Bluegill 300 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
1989/09/27 Tiger Muskie 350 Fingerling (3-6 inches)
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Electric motors only.

Fishing Rules, 2022 - 2024

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

Shepherd Lake
  • Electric motors only
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 limit is 6

Chinook Salmon (land-locked)

  • Chinook Salmon limit is 2, none under 20 inches


  • Kokanee limit is 15


  • Fishing for or targeting sturgeon in the Kootenai River is illegal
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release

Tiger Muskie

  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches

Trout includes Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Splake, Arctic 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 limit is 25

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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