2014 in review

Thanks for another great year!

Lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake was steady all year. Average days were 4 to 8 fish per trip and some special days with 15 to 20 fish days. The biggest laker brought to the boat was a beautiful 28 lb. 39” laker caught last March. This fishery really gets going in late February and early March for some of the season’s biggest fish.

Kokanee salmon fishing was also very good. Lake Mary Ronan produced limits every trip. Remember the Kokanee season will open third Saturday in May, book your dates early as I am sure we will fill up fast for these tasty salmon. Fun for the entire family.

 

Pike fishing was fantastic early season on Upper Stillwater. These pike were fun on a fly rod. Biggest pike on a fly rod this year went near 10 lbs., that is a hand full with an 8 weight fly rod. Also Swan Lake was very consistent all summer and into fall for pike.

 

Big Rainbows on Lake Koocanusa. This was our best year in the past 3 years. The biggest rainbow came at a whopping 11 lbs. We had days with limits of 8 rainbows over 22”, averaging 6 lbs. This season starts in late October and runs through late November. Book early as this is a short season .

Check out the pictures on our home page of most recent catches for a sample of what to exspect from these great waters in NW Montana.

Have a great Holiday season. I look forward to what next season will bring?

October Fishing Kams/Macs

Fishing Lake Koocanusa can only get better

We fished last weekend on the north end and south of the bridge for the Kamloop rainbows. We did catch 3 rainbows and 3 bull trout. The biggest bull was approx. 5 lbs. remember, you cannot keep any bull trout so handle them with care and get them released as soon as possible. The biggest rainbow went about 4 lbs.

We caught fish on the bucktail flies and Lyman plugs on the surface, also jointed Rapalas. We also caught two bull trout off the downrigger one at 55 ft. and 65 ft.

We did mark a lot of fish on the fish finder, big schools of Kokanee salmon. The surface temperature was 58-59 degrees. In a couple weeks the fishing should get much better and the big fish will start to show up. The best time for this fishery is when the surface water temperature gets down to 55 degrees or less.

Flathead Lake

The fishing remains steady for the Lake Trout. We are averaging 6 to 10 fish per trip.November is the time the lake trout spawn so they are moving in closer to the shore and the islands. Try the normal tackle, dodgers/houchies and some spoons. You can fish in 60 to 100′ of water closer in.

Good Luck, see ya on the water

Flathead Lake, Lake Koocanusa, Bitteroot Lake

The last couple of days out on Flathead Lake have been very good. We have been catching 6 to 10 nice fish averaging 3 to 5 lbs.Also catching a few larger fish up to 10lbs. Try trolling off Angel Pt. I have been pulling chrome dodgers with green/white houtchies. I been having more hits by uping my trolling speed, try going 2.5mph. Also some perch pattern spoons have been picking up some fish.

Kamloop Rainbows

It is not to early to start thinking about fall fishing Lake Koocanusa or Bitteroot Lake for the big rainbows. I usually wait until about October 20th, but I think with the cooler fall weather I will start fishing in the middle of October. I have several charters on the calender and I am getting anxious to start catching those big rainbows. If you have any questions about how and where to fish Lake Koocanusa feel free to give me a call or drop me a email.

Fall fishing is some of the best fishing of the entire year!

Mid Summer bite

Flathead Lake:

The mid summer bite is in full swing. The afternoon bite is yielding a few more fish that the morning trips. Morning trips are producing some bigger fish when we target them, upwards of 20lbs. The afternoon bite is averaging 8-12 fish per trip, these are the good eating lakers from the mid lake area.

Swan Lake:

The pike fishing on Swan Lake is great right now. The pike are averaging 6-10 lbs. The pike can be caught throwing weedless spoons and some jerk baits. Also on Swan Lake we are catching some lakers, bulltrout, cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon, a good mixed bag.

Flathead River:

The fly fishing is at its best right now. The river flow is down and is running very clear. The dry fly action is the way to fish for these cutthroat and rainbow trout.

Missouri River:

Wow, that is all I can say about the mighty Mo. This river has the largest population of trout per mile than any other river we fish. The hopper dry fly’s are fun and catch a lot of big rainbows and browns.

See ya on the water

What’s Hot

Flathead Lake is fishing real well. It is the mid-summer bite. Early morning is the best time to target the bigger trophy size lakers. We have been getting some nice 15 to 20lb. lakers on these morning trips. The afternoon bite has  become steady putting 8-12 fish in the boat. These are the best eating fish averaging 3-4lbs.

Lake Mary Ronan is still producing good limits of kokanee salmon. This a fun trip for the entire family as this is a real hands on fishery.

Fly fishing is getting good on the Flathead River as the water is clearing up and going down, good numbers of cutthroat trout. The Missouri River is red hot right now good numbers of rainbows and brown trout on a fly. The dry fly action is starting to heat up!

What’s Hot

Kokanee fishing is red hot right now! Limits under 2 hours. Nice size salmon big ones are going 13″ average 9-10″.

Pike fishing is good and only going to get better. We caught 10 pike on a streamer fly using our #8 fly rods, lots of fun.

Lake trout fishing is starting to get more consistent as the summer season gets going. We are averaging 5-10 lakers per trip. The run off is still effecting the water clearity and the oxygen levels at the north end of the lake. We are catching most of our fish on the east side of the center bar in 190′ of water.

Grayling fishing on Rogers Lake is very good  right now. Dry flies and nymphs.

Lots of opportunities, see ya on the water.

 

Bass on a fly rod

Headed out to a near by slough in Kalispell Montana. Looking for some pike and bass on the fly rods this evening. No pike, but we were able to get quite a few great takes on the top with bass. Its a blast seeing a large mouth inhale your frog as it dances by the lily pads. We offer plenty of lake oppurtutnies for a variety of fish. Book your trip today.

Lots of runoff on the Flathead River and it is going to be quite some time before she is fishing. Missouri River is always a great option. Great weather this week so be sure to get out and enjoy

Artic Grayling

Had a great trip today with Jeff and Robin from North Carolina. With a lot of the rivers muddy-up lately, we have many lake opportunities to fill your fly fishing itch. Rodgers lake was a great choice today. Had a strong Callibaetis hatch come off at noon, and it was the strongest I had ever seen it. Fish started eating on the surface at about 1 o’clock. What great day being able to get them on nymphs, streamers and then to top it off with some great dry fly action. We have been catching some great pike lately as well!! Lots of energy in Montana with some great weather and some great fishing.

What’s Hot?

Kokanee fishing is read hot right now! Get out there and get some of these abundant tasty fish. Also, the perch and pike fishing is going strong.

Spring time fishing

Flathead Lake:

The lake trout fishing remains to be steady on Flathead Lake. This time of the season I call it the tansition period. These lakers seem to be moving around due to the run off and fluxuation of the water temperature and oxygen level. Try fishing the  east side of the center bar just off of Woods Bay point. You can fish the entire length of the centerbar starting at the delta all the way down to Yellow Bay.

Jigging in 200′ of water works well or trolling in 180-200′ the typical trolling dodgers and houchies.

Multi Specie

This is the time to get out and try for some pike. We caught 10 nice pike last Monday all on a fly rod using streamer flies, largest weighing 10 lbs. lots of fun on a fly rod. Also some 12″ perch!

Kokanee fishing kicks in starting this Sat. on Lake Mary Ronan.

Also the small and largemouth bass are starting to get active with the water warming.