Flathead Lake/Lake Koocanusa

Fishing on Flathead Lake remains steady.

What to use:

Electronic Stingfish from Pro-Troll has been working great!  Size 15 cm or 5-1/2” long in #385 chrome blue scale is a great color.Last Friday we put 3 slot fish, 32-34”, and one over the slot, 39” at 19lbs., in the boat and nine more went to the BBQ. Also try the stingfish in # 387 gold tiger, # 416 golden frog. The lures are designed to be fished deep, 200 ft. of water; they can be fished slow 1 mph.

The ECHIP in these lures add electronic attraction, only lure with laser eyes, fusion welded body for water proofing, rigid internal partitions-will not crush in deep water, perma deposition chroming with UV cured overcoat, tunable snap ring.

Also from Pro-Troll try the Electronic ProChip 8 series. This is a 8” flasher that I use when targeting the average sized lake trout and trying to put as many fish in the boat as possible. This flasher has the echip which provides live bait nerve pulses; the kicker fin adds more rotation at slower speeds. I rig this flasher with a houchie or a bucktail streamer fly  22-24” behind the flasher. I like to use 30 lb. mono, for my leader material, P-Line floroclear works great.

Where to fish:

Try fishing the big flats on the center bar from Angel Point south. Start in 120’ of water and work your way into deeper water 200’. When you find fish at a certain depth concentrate on that depth.

Lake Koocanusa:

Not too much to report here. Most of the fish being caught are bull trout. Typical day will yield 8-10 bulls and 1 or 2 rainbows.  The rainbows have been running about 2-5lbs. Try fishing the surface with perch pattern Rapala’s, also silver and black, bucktail flies and Lyman plugs.

 

“No Bad Days”

Mo Fisch Charters

March fishing on Flathead Lake

Where to fish:

March is an excellent time to be fishing Flathead Lake. The catch rates are high and trophy size fish are abundant. Usual days are putting upwards of 20 fish in the boat. The fish this time of year seem to move around so keep searching and when you find the bait you will find the Lakers. Try starting off of Angel Point and move south to the south end of Cedar Island. Pick a depth, say 160’- 200’ and fish it for an hour or two, if you don’t find fish move down the lake a ½ mile and try again. When you find fish stay in that area, don’t leave fish to find fish. Also Wood’s Bay is fishing real well right now. Try fishing 120′-140′ north and south in front of the point. Also inside the bay in front of the Sitting Duck Inn is a great area this time of year.

What to use:

Try the usual flatfish on the bottom. Flatfish from Yakima Bait in the T-50, T-55, and T-60 all work well. Try in the glow/white, red/white, silver/blue and the frog pattern.

Also the Mag Lip is a good choice for both the trophy size Lakers as well as the abundant 3-5 lb. eater size.

The #0 Dodger from Gold Star in #790, 792 works very well with a #35 Octopus (41/2”) squid tied on 23” behind. Try the squid in # 3012, 8008, and 3140. Also the F-2 Flasher from Silver Horde in #013 is an excellent choice with a white bucktail fly tied 20″-24″ behind the flasher.

 

“No bad days”

Capt. Bob