Welcome to Pend Oreille Charters and Lake Pend Oreille, located in Hope, Idaho. My name is Bob Wiley. Jeff Miller and I co-own Pend Oreille Charters. We operate the largest and most diverse fleet in our area. We currently operate four vessels including a 28’ Uniflite, 26’ Custom Weld, 20’ Vexus bass boat, and a 20’ river boat. The first two larger vessels have enclosed cabins, heat, and head facilities. It’s all about the fishing, but comfort and safety are equally important.
I am the designated agent, Chief Captain and Guide for Pend Oreille Charters. I came to the Sandpoint, Idaho area in 1973. I have been trolling and fishing this great lake for rainbows for the past 26 years.
It gives me great joy to hunt for the prized Gerrard Rainbow, which can easily reach 25 pounds and a current state record 37 pounds. The smiles on my clients faces are irreplaceable, and our principle goal with each trip.
We currently have six USCG certified captains/guides on our team. Each member brings their own special talents and expertise. We recently added a bass pro to the team that has intricate knowledge of the lake and associated rivers as well as an uncanny ability to put people on big bass. I can catch bass, but when I want to catch a big bass I go with him. Our team has well over 100 years combined experience from trolling, cast and crank, jig and drop shot and drift boat to walk and wade. I am confident we can match you up to a good fit for your next adventure.
Pend Oreille Lake is a jewel of the Northwest, with spectacular scenery, depths over 1200 feet, and a wide variety of fish species, rainbow, brown, bull, mackinaw, and cutthroat trout species as well as small mouth bass, pike, black bass, perch, and walleye. A very diverse system to say the least. When searching for your next charter service you should not only ask about these things but should insist on them. Avoid the fly-by-night cheap trip for your safety and success.
At Pend Oreille Charters professionalism and customer service is not just a goal it is a mandate. All of our guides and Captains are licensed and USCG certified. We are bonded and all vessels liability insured for your protection.
We do not mix client bookings on our vessels in order to fill spaces. All bookings are private for each client group (up to 6 passengers maximum). We have found that this is the best way to provide each group with the personalized service they deserve and should expect. We look forward to serving you on your next great adventure, until then we wish you Tight Lines and Best Wishes.