Winter fishing is here. What does that mean? Well, it means big fish.
Now that the water temperature has reached its coldest, 37 degrees, the big fish come out to play.
This is the time of year when we seem to catch our biggest Dollies, and the
Rainbows all seem to be bigger.
We’re not catching as many fish as in the fall, but all fish are
quality fish at this time of year. Because the temperature has cooled down, it
means the fish have slowed down. That means it’s time to slow down your presentation.
So, our speeds now have slowed to 1.8 – 2.5 mph. That doesn’t mean the fishing
has slowed down, it just means that we can’t cover as much water as the faster
speeds, which in turn means fewer fish. The lake has some ice floating around
so keep our eyes open.
However, the trade off can be worth it. Rainbows up to 15 Lbs and Dollies up to 17 Lbs
have been caught. Just keep fishing and put in your time. The fishing pressure
is light this time of year. The boat ramp and the road to the ramp are free of
snow and ice.
We’re still catching fish on the surface and down deep. Seem to see most of the fish
stacked up in the 15 to 50’ depths. However, when they decide to feed, it seems
to happen more on the surface. So, you definitely need to mix it up a bit.
We will be heading to the Flathead Valley Boat Show Feb. 10-12, 2012. Stop by and say
What are they biting on???
The fish are still scattered throughout the water column, so we are fishing both on
the surface and down deeper. Bucktail flies on the surface in the usual colors
are working well. Blk/wht, Grey/wht, Purple/wht are working well. Also we’ve
been using the downriggers for both Rainbows and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout).
Some of our best depths have been 10 to 60’. We’ve been using our favorite Lyman plugs #’s
10, 16, 32, 100, and 160 have producing some good fish.
The water temperature is around 37 degrees, so remember, slower fishing but bigger
our biggest fish should be caught in the next couple of months!
Winter is here, so Let’s Go Fishing
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.
Capt. Bob Orsua