Pend Oreille River

Tributary of the Columbia River

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Pend Oreille River in Bonner and Kootenai Counties is 139.4 miles in length.

Facilities

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

Recommended Game Fish

Species Observed in Surveys

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size
1993/11/09 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 88,475 Less than 6 inches
1986/06/18 Rainbow Trout 4,025 Greater than 6 inches
1986/05/09 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches
1985/06/26 Rainbow Trout 1,015 Greater than 6 inches
1985/06/25 Rainbow Trout 3,990 Greater than 6 inches
1985/04/23 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1985/04/19 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches
1984/06/13 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches
1984/04/16 Rainbow Trout 5,035 Greater than 6 inches
1983/09/26 Rainbow Trout 3,480 Greater than 6 inches
1983/09/06 Rainbow Trout 2,320 Greater than 6 inches
1983/08/30 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches
1981/11/06 Westslope Cutthroat Trout 3,570 Less than 6 inches
1977/10/28 Cutthroat Trout 30,922 Less than 6 inches
1977/07/05 Cutthroat Trout 173,140 Less than 6 inches
1977/06/29 Rainbow Trout 2,196 Less than 6 inches
1977/06/22 Rainbow Trout 2,240 Greater than 6 inches
1976/08/24 Rainbow Trout 1,890 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/20 Rainbow Trout 2,320 Greater than 6 inches
1976/07/19 Cutthroat Trout 151,164 Less than 6 inches
1975/08/18 Rainbow Trout 2,535 Greater than 6 inches
1975/08/08 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1975/07/30 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1974/09/05 Rainbow Trout 2,014 Less than 6 inches
1973/07/11 Bull Trout 3,306 Greater than 6 inches
1973/06/11 Rainbow Trout 2,160 Greater than 6 inches
1972/09/08 Rainbow Trout 1,320 Greater than 6 inches
1972/08/23 Rainbow Trout 2,129 Greater than 6 inches
1972/07/20 Rainbow Trout 1,565 Greater than 6 inches
1971/08/10 Rainbow Trout 2,080 Greater than 6 inches
1971/07/12 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
1970/08/13 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/27 Rainbow Trout 1,520 Greater than 6 inches
1970/07/17 Rainbow Trout 1,280 Greater than 6 inches
1969/09/12 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches
1969/08/25 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches
1969/07/23 Rainbow Trout 1,760 Greater than 6 inches
1968/08/07 Rainbow Trout 780 Greater than 6 inches
1968/07/22 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches
1968/07/08 Rainbow Trout 1,050 Greater than 6 inches
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

Licenses and Tags

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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

Pend Oreille River (from Highway 95 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.
  • No harvest of Cutthroat Trout
  • 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
  • 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

  • Whitefish limit is 25

All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish

  • No bag, size or possession limit
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