Fishing has been a way of life in Northern Idaho for as long as the area has been inhabited. Lake Pend Oreille’s deep waters are home to big, blue-ribbon fish. Two dozen species of native and introduced fish live in Lake Pend Oreille, 17 of which are recognized as sport species, including cold-water natives such as westslope cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout. It was from these deep, cold waters that an angler netted a world-record 37-pound Gerrard rainbow trout, and many other trophy fish surpassing 40 pounds have been pulled from this lake. Backcountry fishermen have an abundance of mountain lakes, creeks and streams from which to choose with eager trout awaiting anglers willing to walk. Whether fly casting in waders or sport fishing from a charter, anglers are sure to take home a prize.