Fishing in Febuary/March


 

Flathead Lake

February and March are excellent months to target the big
lake trout. These bigger fish, 30 to 40” are out on the large flats in 120 to
200ft of water. Try 120 ft. off of Angle Point, also 180 ft. off of Painted
Rocks.

Last week we put 7 big  lake trout in the boat. The largest laker was 39” at 19lbs. one at 37” two slot
fish and 4 just under the slot.

 

What to use

Big flatfish on the bottom, try using T-50, T-55, T-60
flatfish from Worden’s. The usual
colors, white belly red top, white with red head, watermelon, and fire tiger.
This usually a morning bite, so get out there early!

Remember keep the flatfish on the bottom and troll slow, 1
mph.

The flatfish has to be bouncing along the bottom for these
fish to hit it. A very erratic mud trenching presentation is what it takes.
Look for calm days, fighting the wind and trying to go that slow is not very
productive.

Also try the MAG LIP from Worden’s it works when nothing else seems to. This lure has a skip beat action
and has rattles. Try it in the white belly red top, fire tiger  and blue bandit.

Lake Koocanusa

The bull trout bite is on. I know that we are fishing the
Kamloop rainbows but it seems that this time of year you can’t keep them bulls
off the plugs. Remember this is a catch and release fishery for the bull trout,
so handle them with care. If you stay out towards the middle of the lake there
seems to be less bull and more rainbows. The catch rate seems to be 50/50 bulls
to rainbows.

 

What to Use

This time of year it seems to Lyman Plugs and Rapalas. Stay
in the spring colors, light silvers, pink, and the good old silver and black.

 

Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.

See Ya on the water

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters

www.mofisch.com

 

Lake Koocanusa

Winter fishing is here. What does that mean? Well, it means big fish.

Now that the water temperature has reached its coldest, 37 degrees, the big fish come out to play.
This is the time of year when we seem to catch our biggest Dollies, and the
Rainbows all seem to be bigger.

We’re not catching as many fish as in the fall, but all fish are
quality fish at this time of year. Because the temperature has cooled down, it
means the fish have slowed down. That means it’s time to slow down your presentation.
So, our speeds now have slowed to 1.8 – 2.5 mph. That doesn’t mean the fishing
has slowed down, it just means that we can’t cover as much water as the faster
speeds, which in turn means fewer fish. The lake has some ice floating around
so keep our eyes open.

However, the trade off can be worth it. Rainbows up to 15 Lbs and Dollies up to 17 Lbs
have been caught. Just keep fishing and put in your time. The fishing pressure
is light this time of year. The boat ramp and the road to the ramp are free of
snow and ice.

We’re still catching fish on the surface and down deep. Seem to see most of the fish
stacked up in the 15 to 50’ depths. However, when they decide to feed, it seems
to happen more on the surface. So, you definitely need to mix it up a bit.

We will be heading to the Flathead Valley Boat Show Feb. 10-12, 2012. Stop by and say
hi!

What are they biting on???

The fish are still scattered throughout the water column, so we are fishing both on
the surface and down deeper. Bucktail flies on the surface in the usual colors
are working well. Blk/wht, Grey/wht, Purple/wht are working well. Also we’ve
been using the downriggers for both Rainbows and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout).
Some of our best depths have been 10 to 60’.  We’ve been using our favorite Lyman plugs #’s
10, 16, 32, 100, and 160 have producing some good fish.

The water temperature is around 37 degrees, so remember, slower fishing but bigger
fish.

Some of
our biggest fish should be caught in the next couple of months!

Winter is here, so Let’s Go Fishing

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.

Capt. Bob Orsua

MoFisch Charters