Welcome to the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club!
ATTENTION ALL FISHERMAN:
Please read the following concerning upcoming derby and events from Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club –
On March 25, 2020, Idaho Fish & Game released the following:
Greetings Fishing Tournament Organizers:
I know many of you are aware of the conversation and concerns regarding organized fishing tournaments as they relate to Covid-19. Several of you have proactively cancelled your tournaments, while others have been weighing options and looking to IDFG for guidance. As a boater and an angler, I recognize that launching a boat and fishing can be conducive to “social distancing”. I, as much as anyone, appreciate the importance of getting outside to relax, recreate, and enjoy nature – particularly in difficult times like we’re facing now.
That said, I clearly see the need to discourage activities that aren’t consistent with public health guidelines– specifically, following social distancing practices and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. In addition, the Governor has just issued Stay at Home Order for the next 21 days. Fishing tournaments are not in keeping with the intent of the order or the public health guidelines.
For that reason, IDFG’s Director has made the decision rescind all permits that have been issued for tournaments scheduled from March 28 through May 31st, 2020. We will continue to evaluate the situation and extend that period if necessary. Please know, we will refund your application fees.
I know many of you’ve put a tremendous amount of energy and time into planning your events, and I’m sorry we need to take this unprecedented step, but we all need to do our part to help control the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for your understanding. I’d (or your Regional Fishery Managers) will be happy to discuss this with any of you individually if you’d like.
Jim Fredericks, Chief, Bureau of Fisheries
As a result of this directive, Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club’s Pin Auction (April 24th), Spring K&K Derby (April 25th to May 3rd) and the Spring Awards Ceremony (May 9th), are cancelled for now. We ask all our members to help get the word out to other anglers who may not otherwise be aware. If something should change, LPOIC will revisit and immediately spread the word.
As sad as it is to be forced to cancel an event that has happened every year since 1946, LPOIC is committed to making sure we do our absolute best to support a great 2020 fishing season. We hope everyone understands as we work through the challenges of these very different times.
We will attempt to hold our next general member’s meeting scheduled April 8th virtually as a Zoom conference call. Look for more information on Facebook.
And CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 25# patch fish winners! We normally present these (along with the Mac of the Year prize) at the Spring Derby Awards Ceremony. While we’d love to hold onto the patches until we could present them in person, you all deserve them ASAP. So, look for that in the mail.
Hang in there and stay healthy. Tight lines!
LPOIC Board of Directors
**Come get involved. General Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month and currently being held at Jalepenos Mexican Restuarant in Sandpoint at 6:30 pm. Board Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month and are also being held at Jalepenos Mexican Restuarant at 6:30 pm. In some cases, meetings will be held at different locations. Check the News tab on the website for more information.
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.