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Dave Law and the Fishing Forecast: Finally Got Out to Fish Lake Pend Oreille

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When a lake is 43 miles long, has 144 miles of shoreline, a dozen boat launches & is 1,158 feet deep. Where do I start a lake this “BIG?”
Thank goodness, Kevin Dahl invited me to spend Tuesday trolling Lake Pend Oreille in search of the ultimate prize…the elusive, trophy-size (15-25 pound) Kamloops Rainbow Trout.  He’s got nearly 20 years of experience on the LPO (Lake Pend Oreille) and has seen fishing/weather conditions at its best and worst.  Today was a decent day in both categories with the light winds, small swells and mostly cloudy skies. For our fishing quest, both downriggers and longlines were rigged with Apexes or streamers/flies while we trolled from Garfield Bay to Clark Fork. “Patience is required” as strikes are typically infrequent, but the magic of the North Idaho landscape and mystique that the next bite could be ”The BIG ONE” adds delightful thrills to otherwise slow-paced fishing. I wrapped up the day with 4 bright, silvered hued rainbows in the cooler measuring up to 19 inches. Not too shabby for an LPO rookie, but credit for my success goes to Kevin for sharing his expertise and guidance throughout the day (..and sandwiches too). Ha! 
FYI, Great sites: Mariner’s map of Lake Pend Oreille http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletChart/18554_BookletChart.pdf and the LPO fishing club website for awesome pics of Kamloops Rainbows http://lpoic.org/
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