Lake trout

Where to fish:

The fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady. Typically this time of year the fish are on the move. One day you might find them at 80ft. of water and the next day in 200ft. of water. Be flexible and move around until you find large concentration of fish and then concentrate on that depth. The runoff is going to be the unknown for the next couple months. Depending on the temperature and the amount of rain mix will determine how much runoff we will have day to day. The east side of the center bar in 140ft. of water has been working good.

What to use:

This time of year I try and cover as much area as I can. I usually will fish a dodger or a flasher with a houchie combo, that way I can troll at 1.8 – 2.3 mph. When I find fish then I can try different lures to figure out what they want at that given day.

I have been having good results using the Cha Cha 4” Salmon Squidder rigs from Mack’s lure #60063 has been a great color, also try #60062.

Also the electronic Prochip 8 series from pro-troll has been working good with a mother of pearl houchie tipped with a piece of cut bait is a good go to setup.

Tip of the Day:

In the spring time the weather in NW Montana can be very unpredictable. Keep an eye on the weather; a good rule to follow is that if you think it is to rough it probably is, get off the lake so you can fish another day. Be safe!

“No Bad Days”

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters

Cannon Downrigger Authorized Service Center

Cannon Downriggers/Seminar

Just a reminder, we are the A.S.C.Authorized Service Center for Cannon Downriggers. If you need any parts or repairs give us a call.

Also come and join us at Snappy Sport Senter this Sat. April 13th at 9:00 am for a 2 hour seminar on trolling for Lake Trout on Flathead Lake.

“No Bad Days”

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters


Flathead Lake

Lake trout fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady.


The fish have moved north to the delta area just south of the river mouth. This time of year when the runoff starts the fish move to the more oxygenated water and the colder temperature, also the minnows and other forage that get flushed down the river this time of year. The influx of greater water volume also creates a stronger food chain reaction, thus congregating more fish in a smaller area of the lake.

Anywhere around the drop off of the shallow delta area, all the way south down the center bar usually on the east side.

Start looking for fish anywhere from 80ft. of water out to 300 feet of water. When you find the magic depth for that day concentrate on that contour and you should have a very productive day.

What to use:

Try trolling the stingfish from Pro-Troll. Size 15-51/2” long #385 chrome blue and #351 Rainbow trout have been working good. Remember troll these stingfish very slow, 1 mph, right on the bottom.

Try the electronic Prochip 8 series from Pro-Troll in #102 glow white, #145 super glow green, #146 super glow chart.

Tie on your favorite bucktail fly or houchies about 23 inches behind the dodger.

Also this time of the season try some spoons. Perch pattern as well as the red stripe and hammered brass will pick up fish.

When fishing deep with the downriggers I will put out a surface spoon or plug behind the boat 200’. This is what I call a bonus rod, it will surprise you, how many and how big these fish are up in the water column.



Tight Lines

Capt. Bob

Mo Fisch Charters

“No Bad Days”

“The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t