Lake and Pond Fishing

Photo of an angler in a boat trolling for trout on Priest LakeNorth Idaho is probably best known for its three large lakes: Priest, Pend Oreille, and Coeur d'Alene. Each lake is capable of producing large fish. The world record rainbow trout (37 pounds) was caught in Lake Pend Oreille. Even bigger fish have been caught in the other two lakes. The state record northern pike (38 pound 9 ounce) and landlocked chinook salmon (42 pounds) come from Lake Coeur d'Alene while a lake trout exceeding 57 pounds was caught in Priest Lake.

Many other smaller lakes including; Bonner, Round, Chase, Robinson, Smith, Brush, Kelso, Antelope and Twin provide additional opportunities for anglers.

There are also numerous mountain lakes stocked with brook trout and rainbow trout.

Lake and Pond Fishing Areas

  • Coeur d'Alene River Area
  • Beauty Creek Campground
  • Bell Bay Campground
  • Mokins Bay Campground
  • Rainy Hill Boat Launch
  • Revett Lake Trail #9
  • Lower Kootenai River Area
  • Ball and Pyramid Lakes Trail #43
  • Big Fisher Lake Trail #41
  • Brush Lake Picnic Area
  • Parker Ridge Trail #221
  • Red Top Trail #102
  • Robinson Lake Campground
  • Smith Lake Campground
  • Solomon Lake Fishing
  • West Fork Trail #347
  • Pend Oreille Lake Area
  • Lake Darling Trail #52
  • Maiden Rock Campground
  • Sam Owen Campground
  • Whiskey Rock Bay Campground
  • Priest Lake Area
  • Outlet at Priest Lake Campground
  • Reeder Bay Campground
  • St. Joe River Area
  • Lookout Mountain Trail #52
  • Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area Trails

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities