Big Rainbows/Lots of lake tout

Okay, time to get ready for the fall fishing on Lake Koocanusa for those big kamloop rainbows. The catching should really start getting good about mid October. The surface water temperature needs to get down to about 58 degrees or less and the bite will begin and be good all winter long. Last year our biggest kam was  almost 17 lbs. Most of the rainbows we caught were in the 8 to 10 pound range, so this year those fish should be in the teens? Also we can keep one bull trout per person per year. Stop by the FWP office in Kalispell and pick up a catch card, no charge.

The Lake Trout bite is on. The fish have moved into shallower water, 55 to 80 ft. of water. The bait has moved in closer to the shoreline. The lake trout spawn in November in about 35 ft. of water so it is time to fish closer to shore for big numbers of the 22 to 26″ lakers. We have been averaging 12 to 20 fish per charter.