The fishing on Flathead Lake has been as unpredictable as the weather. Spring time in Montana has been windy rainy one day and sunny the next. The Flathead River run off is in full swing and with the amount of rain we have had this spring the river is putting a lot of stained muddy water and debri into the lake.
Where to fish:
The north end of the lake around the river mouth just south off the delta. Try fishing the south and the east side of the delta. Start your troll in 90’ of water and work your way into 50’ of water then out to 140’ of water. Watch your fish finder. You will mark a lot of fish on the finder then concentrate on those fish by changing up your lures and presentation. The fish can be suspended anywhere from 10’ down to 60’ move your presentation just over the top of the fish and keep working them, remember fish concentrate on what’s in front and above them, not what is below them.
Try fishing the deeper trenches of the lake in 120/200’ of water for the larger lake trout.
What to use:
When fishing deep and targeting the bigger fish try using the original Flatfish from Worden’s, Yakima Bait in the glow white T-50, T-55, &T-60 also in the red/white and the double glow. Remember to fish these lures slow and keep them on the bottom.
Also the Electronic Stingfish from Pro-troll in size 15-51/2” long work very well. Remember the e-chip in these flatfish is something that the fish can key on in the stained water. Try the Chrome Green Chart #387, Hot frog #412.
When fishing for the more numerous average size fish I like to use the dodger/flasher houchies combinations.
Flashers from Pro-Troll #8 series in #106 Glow Chart, #183 Blue Spatter Back, #188 Green Splatter Glow.
I have been having good results attaching an Ace Hi fly from Gold Start 24-32” behind these flashers. Also try a #35 Octopus (41/2”) behind these dodgers or a flasher from Gold Star. Houchies in the standard glow white or green and white are always a good starting point. Be creative; try some spoons and different color combinations.
“Remember there are fishermen, and then there are those that just go fishing.”
Mo Fisch Charters