Welcome to the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club!

General Meeting – Wednesday October 14, 6:30PM at Bonner County Fairgrounds.

Please join us at the fairgrounds at 6:30 this Wednesday for our general monthly meeting.  We’ll discuss the Halloween Derby and the upcoming Thanksgiving Derby fall derby … and whatever else strikes our fancy!

We have a room across from the picnic tables shown below.  Please note that the room is not heated, so bring a jacket.  There is plenty of room to socially distance (and lot’s of light, given that it is getting dark earlier this time of year).

LPOIC 2020 Ross Milliken Members Only Derby: Final Standings

Rainbow Division
1. Dave Steinbach 19.54 lb 35 inch: $2,000
2. Brad Shelton 19.37 lb 32 inch (released): $600 + $500 release bonus + $250 Pin Bonus = $1,350
3. Matthew Blackstone 18.20 lb 33 inch (released) $500 + $500 release bonus = $1,000

Mackinaw Division
1. Zach Taylor 9.59 lb 28 inch: $1,000
2. Don Shirley 5.2 lb 24 inch: $500
3. Brad Sturgis 4.94 lb 24 inch: $300
4. Kurt Artner 4.0 lb 23 inch: $200
5. Raymond Lee 3.52 lb 22 inch: $100
6. Bert Dennett 2.76 lb 22 inch: $100
7. Will Crook 2.60 lb 20 inch: $100
8. Brad Shelton 2.25 lb 20 inch: $100
9. Dave Gillespie 2.06 lb 19.25 inch: $100
10. Dan Covey 1.99 lb 19 inch (yes, last place, but NOT LEAST….) $250

Congratulations everyone & thank you to all for the successful debut of a Catch & Release bonus for Rainbows!  Seven fish where brought to the scales and 6 swam away freely back into the lake to grow and grow and GROW some more! With the MOD being a warm water derby, it is tough to keep fish likely caught in deeper water alive, but you folks did it!

LPOIC 2020 Ross Milliken Members Only Derby: Catch & Release Weighing Procedures

Anglers bringing fish to weigh stations should expect a little different procedure than in past derbies. We are doing our best to add a successful catch & release bonus format (if anglers wish to participate).  Here is what you should expect when you arrive dockside with a fish to be weighed:

1 – Weigh master will explain to the angler the process and steps to weigh in a fish.

2 – We will do our best to be as prompt and careful as possible to ensure the fish has the best chance to be returned alive.

3 – Weigh master is to soak the weigh bag in the water.

4 – The weigh master is then to remove the weigh bag and count to fifteen while hanging the bag on the scale.

5 – The weigh master is to turn on the scale and allow the scale to zero.

6 – The weigh master will then hand the angler the weigh bag.

7 – The angler is responsible to put the fish in the bag securely zipped up (all 3 sides).

8 – The angler will then hand the fish bag to the weigh master.

9 – Once the bag has left the live well the weigh master can begin a count to fifteen.

10 – Weigh master will lay fish and bag on measure board to confirm the minimum fish length is achieved & try to get as accurate length as possible.

11 – The weigh master will then hang fish by the bag on the scale.

12 – Both weigh master & angler will agree and record the weight after the scale has stabilized.

13 – The weigh master will then return the bag with the fish to the angler.

14 – The angler is responsible for releasing the fish from the bag.

15 – The angler may help revive the fish.

16 – The fish must swim out of sight under its own power to be considered a success.

17 – It is the angler’s responsibility to make sure that the weigh master properly fills out & completes a weigh slip (that stays with the weigh master).

18 – The weigh master will call the derby master to report the weigh in.


  • Weigh master is to make sure the bag has only the fish and that there is no other debris or objects in the bag.
  • Disputes are to be immediately reported to the derby master
  • Dead fish (Macs, dead Rainbows, etc.) are to be weighed precisely in the same manner as live fish except that the fish WILL NOT be returned to the Angler (or if returned, will have a hole punched in the tail or dorsal or both).

**Come get involved. General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. With COVID issues, please check back on this page for updates when (and where) the next meeting will be held. Board Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Welcome to Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club (LPOIC). Our club is dedicated to protecting and enhancing our lake. We are primarily a fishing club, but have a vested interest in keeping our lake in pristine condition through the help of many other groups and volunteers.

Lake Pend Oreille has the distinguished honor of giving up 3 Idaho State record fish, two of which are world records. In 1947, Wes Hamlet boated a 37 lb. Rainbow, commonly referred to as a Kamloops or Gerrard Rainbow. This fish still remains the world record in it’s category. In 1949, Nelson Higgins landed a 32 lb. Bull Trout (currently protected under the Endangered Species Act) and remains the world record. In 2010, Dale Hofmann caught a 6 lb. 8 oz. 26 inch Lake Whitefish, currently an Idaho State record.

Many other species of fish can be caught on Lake Pend Oreille, but the primary fishery LPOIC is concerned with is the Gerrard Rainbow and it’s number one food source, Kokanee. To read more about the fishery, you can find a nicely written article in Sandpoint Magazine.

To become a member and help to maintain Lake Pend Oreille as a destination for trophy size fish, please visit our membership page.