Okay, time to get ready for the fall fishing on Lake Koocanusa for those big kamloop rainbows. The catching should really start getting good about mid October. The surface water temperature needs to get down to about 58 degrees or less and the bite will begin and be good all winter long. Last year our biggest kam was almost 17 lbs. Most of the rainbows we caught were in the 8 to 10 pound range, so this year those fish should be in the teens? Also we can keep one bull trout per person per year. Stop by the FWP office in Kalispell and pick up a catch card, no charge.
The Lake Trout bite is on. The fish have moved into shallower water, 55 to 80 ft. of water. The bait has moved in closer to the shoreline. The lake trout spawn in November in about 35 ft. of water so it is time to fish closer to shore for big numbers of the 22 to 26″ lakers. We have been averaging 12 to 20 fish per charter.
First let me start by apologizing on the lack of updated fishing reports. We have been extremely busy this summer, our busiest yet, and busy covering all the lakes and water in the area. I try to up date the fishing reports as much as possible but sometimes the conditions don’t change that drastically to warrant frequent updates. If you really want currant information you can always give us a call.
The bite continues on Flathead Lake. For the first 2 hours of any charter I focus my attention on the trophy size Lakers, over 36”s. 200′ of water east side of the delta west of Woods Bay.
I fish the two outside downriggers with a M2 SP Flatfish from Yakima Bait Company. I start with a red/white in size M2SP 41/2”.
Down the middle I will run the steel line with a original Flatfish in either a glow white or a red/white in size T-60.
I will also use the Electronic Stingfish from Pro-Troll in size 15-51/2” long. I use Blue tiger or Chrome Chart. Ends.
After about 2 hours I then move over to shallower water and fish for what I call the eater size, 24” to 28”. I use the Electronic ProChip Flasher 8” series from Pro-Troll in either a Glow red or a glow Chart. Behind the flasher I tie a mother of pearl #35 Octopus/Squid (41/4”) from Gold Star.
I target the 80 to 120’ of water off the center bar or off Angel Point.
Remember, flatfish troll 1mph and the flasher 1.8 to 2.3mph.
Just a reminder if you are thinking about fishing with us on Lake Koocanusa for the winter rainbow, kamloop, bite please book early as we are filling up those prime dates fast. I am excited about this fishery for this fall/winter as last year ended with bigger fish and more of them. This next season should only be better.
Spring fishing has been very good. Yesterday we caught 10 fish, one of which was a slot fish, at 33?. The fish seemed to be very active and willing to bite. The runoff continues. The fish are starting to suspend throughout the water column. We were fishing in 140 ft of water and catching fish at 30, 55, 65, 85ft. and on the bottom. Watch you fish finder, present your lures at whatever depth you see the fish. Be flexible move with the fish. We caught fish on dodger/houchie combo’s, spoons and stick baits. As this spring weather pattern settles down I look for more consistent fishing. Try the north delta area, as well as the center bar.
Swan Lake has been on fire for big pike. Matt took a gentleman celebrating his 75th birthday and he pulled in a 42″, 24lb. northern. Also some lake trout, bull trout, kokanee salmon and cutthroat all in one day. This is a great multi specie fishery.
Fly Fishing small lake:
We have been doing some charters on some small lakes using the jon boats and fly fishing for these very aggressive and hard fighting trout. Brookies up to 2 lbs., wow nice brookie. Also been doing great on some 22″ rainbows on nymphs, leach patterns.
Lake Mary Ronan:
We have getting our limits of kokanee salmon, 10 fish limits, in about 2 hrs. for 3 client. Nice size kokanee 12″ to 14″.
Lake Mary Ronan:
We fished Lake Mary Ronan yesterday and limited out with 10 fish limits in less than 2 hours. These are hard fighting and good eating fish, now is the time to hit Lake Mary Ronan. We were jigging in 22 to 28ft. of water. You can also troll using the common cow bells, wedding rings.
Fishing remains steady for the lake trout. We have been trolling in 180 to 210ft of water pulling either Brad’s Super Baits or the Flasher, squid combinations. Also don’t forget to throw out a flat line with a big Rapala or Bill Norman on the surface 150 ft. straight back behind the boat.
The pike fishing has also been very good on Swan Lake. he typical smelt under a bobber or throw spinner baits or plugs.
See Ya on the water
You know it just doesn’t get any better than this. Last week out on Flathead Lake we caught 14 lake trout. The biggest was a 40″ 24 lb. beauty. Also a couple 12 and 15 lb. fish as well as some 4 lb. fish just right for BBQ. This is the time to get out and enjoy some great lake trout fishing. We were fishing 180 to 190 ft. of water and trolling flatfish on the bottom. Yesterday, Tommy took some clients out, and put 11 nice fish in the boat fishing off the center bar.
Wow, last week springtime fishing on Lake Koocanusa was incredible! Last Saturday 5 BIG rainbows, the biggest was a 14 lb. male, check out the picture of it on the most recent pictures on the home page. Last Sunday another fabulous day 6 rainbows and 2 bull trout. The biggest rainbow was 12 lbs. This is the time of year that I can honestly say, you got to get out there!” This time of the year the fish always seem so hungry and abundant. Take advantage of this spring fishing before the water warms up and the fish move to different parts of the lake. We were trolling Lyman plugs and Rapala’s, actually the biggest fish hit a Black/white streamer fly.
Check out the pictures of these big fish on the home page on most recent catches.
GET FISHING IT’S THAT TIME!
See you on the water
On behalf of Mo Fisch Charters, I want to thank all of you that showed interest and support. It was a great year of fishing. We met many very intersting people and made a lot of new friends. We did over 400 charters in 2015, and caught an average of 11 fish per charter. We are looking forward to even a better year in 2016.
Flathead Lake fishing was very good, the largest lake trout coming at 26lbs, and several over 20 lbs.
Lake Koocanusa was excellent! Our best day of rainbow fishing was a 13lb, 12lb and several in the 9 to 10 lb. range and 6 nice bull trout. I do believe this fishery is getting better, I am anticipating bigger fish this spring and for the next couple of years.
We will getting back on Lake Koocanusa and Flathead Lake in late February or early March, weather permitting. Both body of waters are great in the spring and typically yield bigger fish in the spring.
Thanks again, we look forward to seeing all of you in 2016.
Have a safe holiday season, and a Happy New Year!
Mo Fisch Charters