The river varies from big and broad to the rushing waters in the China Rapids Canyon and over Kootenai Falls. The waters between the falls and Libby Dam offer a variety of deep water, shallow rapids and mid-stream islands for fishing access. Many people fish from the banks and islands or use drift boats and float tubes. Boat launches can be found along the shores of the Kootenai. Consistent angling usually starts around the middle of June and lasts well into November." ***
The Idaho Kootenai is almost never fished and can provide just as much action as the Montana side. Also, do not forget your Idaho and Montana fishing licenses if you put in at the Yaak. The first six miles of river is in Montana and the rest is in Idaho. And they do check licenses here, particularly around Leonia, ID. Have a great time and do fish the Kootenai when you can.
Tags: Clark Fork River
*** Our thanks to the US Forest Service for providing some of this information.