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Lake Pend Oreille kokanee fishing to be revived in 2013

There may not be as many large kokanee as before, but you can still bag them in Lake Coeur d’Alene.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
There may not be as many large kokanee as before, but you can still bag them in Lake Coeur d’Alene. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

FISHING -- For the first time since 1999, anglers will be allowed to harvest kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille starting in 2013 under a fishing regulations adopted Thursday by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

The popular fishery has rebounded enough under a fisheries recovery program to allow anglers to keep up to six kokanee a day.

The kokanee increase will allow a move back toward trophy rainbow trout management. A size and bag limit will be reinstated for rainbows: six rainbow trout, only one more than 20 inches long.

The $15 per rainbow angler incentive will no longer be in effect, but the $15 bounty remains in place for lake trout. 

The new rules will go into effec Jan. 1.

Elsewhere in the Panhandle Region, the kokanee limit was lowered to six fish in Priest and Upper Priest lakes. In Lake Pend Oreille anglers are allowed to harvest six kokanee and six rainbow trout – only one more than 20 inches long.

Clark Fork river and tributaries; Pack River and tributaries; and Grouse Creek and tributaries will be closed to trout harvest from December 1 to the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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