Spring Fishing: Flathead Lake/Lake Koocanusa

Where to fish:

The fishing on Flathead Lake remains to be steady. We have been averaging 4-10 fish per trip. 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. Also Brad’s Super Baits have been catching fish.

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. www.mackslure.com

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!

Lake Koocanusa:

The rainbow fishing on Lake Koocanusa has been very good in March and I am sure April will continue to be very productive. Last week we caught 3 rainbows and 4 bull trout in a short 5 hrs. the usual lures; Rapala’s, Lyman’s and flies. If one color doesn’t seem to be working be sure and change colors until you find one they want. Also, the cloud cover and the amount of sunshine can effect the color of the lure for that light condition.

“No Bad Days”

Spring time fishing on Lake Koocanusa/Bitteroot Lake

The rainbow fishing has been very good this February and now going into March it should remain to very productive. The ice is gone and the boat ramps are open. 10 fish days have been very common with the surface temp. around 39 degrees. Some nice rainbows in the 8 to 12 lb.range and many smaller 2 to 3 lb. fish. The bull trout remain to be active as well, putting 5 or 6 of them in the mix for the day. Remember you cannot keep any bull trout. Still a surface fishery, trolling Lyman plugs and streamer flies with some Rapala’s thrown in.

Now that the weather is getting more spring like this is a great time to hit Lake Koocanusa and as soon as the ice comes off of Bitteroot Lake you might want to try it. Last spring some real big rainbows were caught on Bitteroot Lake.

Good Luck, see ya on the water

Remember “No Bad Days”