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The ice is finally starting to melt! Put you ice buckets away and get your nets out!
Fishing well for Lake Trout. The docks are in at West Short State Park, Sommers Bay and Wayfarers State Park. Fishing the delta is turning out good numbers of big Lake Trout and some Pike. Fish with whole dead fish on bottom: 15’-30’ water. Also cast large spoons or jigs. They are still catching some Lake Whitefish using Pete’s Whitefish Slayers as well.
Getting reports that East Bay is picking up for Perch. Try 1-1/2’-3’ water with small jigs and Pete’s Crappie Candy tipped with worms.
Rocky Point, Yellow Bay Point and The Narrows are all jigging well for the Lake Trout.
West Short State Park to Painted Rocks is still doing well trolling 150’-180’ with Flat Fish.
Water level is VERY LOW. The only boat launches are Peck Gulch and near the dam. Trolling spoons and plug; mostly Bull Trout right now. Water temps need to come up a bit for trout.
Fly Fishing well in the lower end for Browns. Try the San Juan worms. Spinners: Try Panther Martin #4 in gold or red/gold.
Flathead Indian Reservation
Most lakes are opening down there. Look for good Bass on Ninepipes and Pablo reservoirs.
Other lakes that are open around the valley:
Just opened. Water is still a bit low to launch a boat, so most people are using a car topper boat that can be walked out.
Water is open, but still pretty low to get in. Although hearing reports of a few bass here and there.
Open water. Hearing reports of Pike.
Open water. No reports yet, but people are fishing it.
Starting to cat some Pike, Bass and Walleye. The whole reservoir is open at this point.
Most lakes West of town are starting to open up, but not quite there yet.
April 14th 1pm-4pm
Go Fish Open House
Go Fish Open House aimed at providing basic fishing information to beginning anglers, single parents and newcomers to the Flathead. The Open House will feature anglers from the Western Montana and Echo Lake Bassmasters, Flathead Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, Flathead Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Flathead Wildlife, Inc to answer basic questions on tackle, techniques and locations to fish for bass, pike, perch, kokanee and trout in streams and lakes in the Flathead and best places to take kids fishing.
Snappy’s and Fish, Wildlife & Parks Annual Kid’s Fishing Fair
Come help us kick off another Kid’s fishing season at Snappy’s. FWP will be on hand with activities and games for kids. We will have lunch and of course FREE KID’S FISHING. More info to be announced.