Flathead River Fishing

Flathead River Fishing Picks Up With Cooler Weather: Montana Fishing Reports
By Matt Schauer

Posted: October 6, 2012

The Northwest Montana Fishing Report

As the cold weather sets in, the fishing should continue to get better and better. The South Fork below Hungry Horse Dam’s been getting good reports for those using October cadis, just make sure to go below Devil’s Elbow. The Flathead River sloughs been doing well for pike and the occasional bass. Ashley Lake has had some good reports for cut bows and kokanee. With Lake Koocanusa, the cooler weather has yielded some 2-5 lbs rainbows while trolling in 20-30 feet of water, and had a couple reports on kokanee. Sounds like the salmon run’s starting to slow down up there as well. Lake Mary Ronan’s had some good reports on the perch. Middle Thompson still hitting the perch and pike with a report of a 14lb rainbow as well. Hubbard Reservoir been pretty good bait fishing with worms, mellows, and power bait for rainbows. For those boat fishing, been picking up salmon while trolling around. On the East side, the Blackfoot Reservation’s had good reports on Hidden and Mittens for fly fishing. Mission’s had some nice big ones also. October 13th Snappy’s hosts another whitefish seminar at 10am, talking about fishing the White Superior fish in the river, and possible filleting them.

North Central Montana Fishing Report

Leonard from Roberts Bait and tackle says fishing is starting to slow down with the new moisture. Holter walleye has been slow, trout is doing fair on cowbells and crank bait. Piscan is starting to snag a few northern’s with smelt. Bynum still doing ok on trout and perch. Francis, Tiber, and Fresno the walleye bite has been on slowing down. The river’s are starting to produce, clearing up even though its still a little low. If you have any questions or need rod & reel repair call Leonard 406-454-1877.

Southwest Montana Fishing Report

Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon says on the Beaverhead and Bighole zonckers, woolly buggers, and streamers are doing excellent, and bw nymphs are doing well also on the Bighole. There’s still some good fishing down by Redrock. If your in the Dillon area stop into Rocky Mountain Supply for more information or call 406-683-2308.