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Kokanee limit increased to 15 at Lake Pend Oreille

Kokanee staging to spawn stack up by the thousands in November and December in Granite Creek, a Lake Pend Oreille tributary. (Rich Landers)
Kokanee staging to spawn stack up by the thousands in November and December in Granite Creek, a Lake Pend Oreille tributary. (Rich Landers)

FISHING – The limit of kokanee anglers can catch at Lake Pend Oreille has been increased from 8 to 15.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the increase at a meeting in Lewiston Thursday, effective immediately.

Increasing the catch limit is a signal that fish managers believe the kokanee have made a remarkable recovery from near collapse 14 years ago. Costly efforts to reduce the invasion of lake trout starting in 2006 allowed the kokanee to make a comeback.

Kokanee fishing on the lake was closed in 1999 and reopened in 2013.




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