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Flathead is still excellent on Whitefish. The fish are starting to move North for the next month or so. Try fishing Douglas Islands area just south of West Shore State Park. Also, Conrad Point, Caroline Point, and Hatchery Bay. On the East side of the lake try Woods Bay Point and the Delta. Early mornings are most likely the best time – Daylight until about 11AM. Lake Trout have been mixed in. Try larger jigs with cut bait as dead stick. They seem to be sitting 40’-60’ deep. On the South End, check around Cedar Island, Cromwell Island, Elmo Bay, Big Arm, The Narrows, Yellow Bay & Skidoo Bay. Also look for Perch in Elmo, Big Arm or the west side of Polson Bay. Don’t forget the lake limit on Perch – 10 fish over 10” and unlimited under 10”. Bring a large cooler full of ice. Pete’s Whitefish Slayer, Zimmer Rattle D’Zaster, Rattle Snakies all in Green and Chartreuse colors!
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We are starting to hear better reports on Perch in the southwest end sitting 25’-30’. Try Northland Forage Minnows, Hali and Lindy Rattl’N Flyers with worms. Kokanee still hitting at night with lights.
Some Grayling in the early mornings. Try small dry flies if the wind is calm. Or wet flies – Purple Prince or small black leech patterns. For your spinners try Panther Martins or Thomas Cyclones.
Echo LakeStill hitting awesome Bass. You do have to dodge the pleasure boats though. Crankbaits, drop shotting tubes or Senkos in deep water has been good. Early mornings try top water frogs or small poppers. There have been a few reports of Salmon biting when trolling the main lake at 40’-50’ deep.
Good on the Salmon bite still, with some very nice fish being caught. Try small dodgers with Pete’s LMR Fly behind or a small spoon tipped with 3-4 maggots or white shoepeg corn.
Loon Lake (Thompson Chain)Excellent on smaller Smallmouth Bass and some Largemouth, Crappie and Pike. Try trolling cowbells or small spoons for Rainbow as well.
Reports are starting to come in indicating that the Lake Trout are starting to show up around the points. Try jigging or trolling around 100’ of water. The Pike are hitting early mornings in the bays as well.
Snagging opens on September 15th for Graves Creek & Tobacco River up towards Eureka. Watch for that coming up. The Salmon are there usually earlier if you want to try fishing for them as well.
Be sure to sign up for the Wild West Panfish Trail tournament on Middle / Lower Thompson on September 9th. $100 per Team Entry (2 Person). Heaviest weight of 15 fish (Perch or Sunfish). Limited to 25 Teams. Sign Up @ Snappy’s Customer Service. Any questions, please talk to Chancy in the fishing department.