Fishing Flathead Lake in the winter is some of the most productive and some of the biggest fish of the year. Right now our boats our catching upwards of 20-25 fish per charter.
Fishing the post spawn the fish are concentrated in the shallow water in huge numbers. This time of year it is not just fishing, it is CATCHING! Trolling your favorite dodger/ houchies combination or just pulling a silver/red spoon will catch plenty of fish.
Fishing in the shallows, 60’ of water off of rocky points and rock humps will work best. You can also just drift and cast a heavy spoon towards the shore line and retrieve slow. Be sure and let it sink to the bottom.
Lake Koocanusa has been fishing okay. Two largest rainbows have been at 9 lbs. We have lost a couple that I think were bigger in the 10-12 lb. range.
Streamer flies have been picking up most of the fish. We have been averaging 6 to 10 fish per day.
The darker colors like purple, black, brown have been working the best. We caught a few fish on the dark colored Lyman plugs. Also a few fish on the rainbow patterned Rapalas.
I really feel that the bigger fish will be showing up anytime now. The surface water temperature has been 50.0 degrees and dropping about ½ a degree per day. Also catching and releasing 4 to 5 bull trout a day. Remember we cannot keep any bull trout this year.
It is time to be fishing for those Kamloop rainbows. The surface temperature is down to 52.0 degrees and dropping daily.
We fished last week and averaged 8 fish per day. The biggest 2 rainbows weighed in at 9 lbs. each. The biggest bull trout was approx. 8 lbs. Remember we cannot keep any bulls this year so no need to take them out of the water to weigh them. Keep them in the water and release them as soon and as careful as possible.
We caught fish on streamer flies, Lyman lures, and rainbow Rapalas. Colors seem to be more in the dark colors. Black/purple, black/silver and browns all worked well. The boat ramp is in good shape and as long as we can use the upper ramp the Forest Service will have the boat dock available to us.
Remember keep that speed in the 3.0 to 3.5 mph. If you have downriggers it wouldn’t hurt to try some flasher with houchies down at 45 to 65 ft.
Keep warm on the water and keep the boat going forward.