What Kind of Fish are in Livermore Lake?

This question is often asked of many smaller lakes in North Idaho. Livermore, a privately accessed pothole east of Sagle about 15 miles, west of Camp Bay Road, is one of such North Idaho lakes. Like the sunfish in the photo below, Livermore is abundant with pan-sized bluegill and crappie. I’m told it has bass too, but I’ve yet to catch one there.

This aggressive hand-sized bluegill is typical of a Livermore Lake sunfish. The crappie in this water are a little larger. Photo by Dwayne Parsons

This aggressive hand-sized bluegill is typical of a Livermore Lake sunfish. The crappie in this water are a little larger. Photo by Dwayne Parsons

The Crappie Bite Comes on at Dusk

Those who live in the Livermore Home Owner’s Association know how true this statement is. The Crappie in the lake come alive about half an hour before sunset. As the shadows lengthen and the evening hatch of insects comes off the surface of the water, crappie are seen dimpling the surface, first out over the deeper water, then working in toward shore.

I’ve been out there when this happens and in a short while caught a dozen crappie on a fly rod and equally, even out in the middle, a dozen fairly large bluegill. I was using a nymmph though, not a dry fly, fishing just beneath the surface on a slow retrieve. It’s an effective technique because as the hatch of insects comes off on the surface, beneath the surface sees a flurry of nymphs swimming eagerly for their molting in the surface film, where the lucky ones will rise up as mayflies, or caddis, depending on the hatch.

Just over the ridge from Livermore is Gamblin Lake, twice the size. You see it in this Bing map. Gamblin has a county road traveling right along it’s eastern shoreline. There’s a place along the road to launch a small boat and a rest room at the trail head on the southeast end of Gamblin. With public access, Gamblin is the lake for a good catch of crappie and/or sunfish. It’s also a popular ice-fishing lake.

Gamblin Lake has largemouth bass too, like this evening catch.

Gamblin Lake has large mouth bass too, like this evening catch.

See Also: Where Is Livermore Lake?

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