Pend Oreille’s Mighty Rainbows

We all dream about this, all of us who fish Pend Oreille for this outsized Canadian strain of Gerrard Rainbows, imported into our lake system in the early 40’s of last century. Gerrards live typically about six years and put on growth every year feeding on the lake’s comeback population of Kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon in the average range of 11 inches).

Rob Dearman of Sandpoint, one of many of our North Dakota workmen, displays a 24.5-pound female Gerrard Rainbow taken just 5 days after the Derby. Photo credit: Dean Granberg.

Rob Dearman of Sandpoint, one of many of our North Dakota workmen, displays a 24.5-pound female Gerrard Rainbow taken just 5 days after the Derby. Photo credit: Dean Granberg.

Rainbows of Pend Oreille Lake

Rob Dearman, who works long hours in distant but booming North Dakota, took this 24.5-pound female Gerrard rainbow trout while on a “much needed” fishing break.

Rob is one of my most enthusiastic fishermen acquaintances. And he’s darn good at it. I swear he’d catch a good trout or bass out of a water-logged pothole on a county road.

But he sure wets my whistle. Now I’ve got a fever and I don’t think it’s the flu bug.

Guess I’ll be heading for the lake this weekend, to heck with deer hunting.

Who’s Boat was Rob fishing from?

Everyone wants to know, especially every fisherman who wets a line trolling.

Rob was fishing with Dean Granberg in Granberg’s boat, the Life’s Too Short. Nice name.

I understand the concept.

I get it.

I want it.

I’m going fishing.