The weather has settled down and the fishing has picked up. Catching fare numbers of good eating size lake trout on the big lake is the place to be. Try trolling the north end of the center bar between the delta and the center bar. Troll the 180 to 200’ drop off the east side of the center bar. Troll flashers from Pro-Troll in the 8 series. #106 Glow Chartreuse or # 725 double glow. Tie on a #35 Octopus/Squid (41/4”) #8955 double glow from Silver Horde, or a Brad’s Super Bait filled with your favorite scent or cut bait and you will catch these Lakers.
Remember to keep these baits within 10’ of the bottom. Try jigging in 180-230’ of water with the standard jig setup from Zimmer tackle.
The rainbow fishing on Lake Koocanusa is starting to turn on. 10-15 fish days are common. The surface water temperature is getting up to48 degrees and the fish are starting to get active. Trolling Kokanee colored Rapalas is the lure of choice. Also Lyman lures and some flies all in spring colors. Try keeping your speed in the 2.5 to 2.8 range. The rainbows are averaging 3-5 lbs. with an occasional 8 lb. fish. Expect to catch 3 to 4 bull trout on an average day. Remember catch and release on all bull trout.
The rainbow fishing will only get better as the water continues to warm.
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