Northwest/Southwest Montana Hunting and Fishing Report 10/5/13
By Kamp Cook


Hear where the fish are biting and where to find the critters in the Kalispell and Dillon areas.

Chancy from Snappy’s
Chancy at Snappy’s was in Portland last week and went down to Bonneville Dam and says he’s bringing his fishing rods next year for the salmon that is running through there.  Been good reports on Van Lake for trout trolling with cowbells and wedding rings.  The Beaver Chain of Lakes have been doing good on rainbows for those bait fishing with worms mellows and power bait.  Big Beaver folks had reports of kokannee for those trolling in 15-20ft of water.  Few good reports on SwamLake for folks trolling the shoreline for rainbows and cut throats.  McGregorLake lake trout fishing been picking up pretty good.  A lot of smaller fish, but some good eating.  Perch fishing is still kicking in on Lake Mary Ronan in 22-30ft of water getting some nice fish up to 13 inches.  They’re still doing well on IslandLake catching a lot of those 8-11 inch perch and lot of smaller pike.  Good reports on Upper Thompson reports on 8-11 inch fish and some smaller pike also.  The Flathead River Sloughs pike fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler weather.  Good reports out of RoseCreek and Half Moon Slough.   A lot of guys throwing jerk baits.  BlanchardLake getting good reports on some decent pike and there have been some nice croppy in the evenings.  The Whitefish are starting to show up in the river’s now.  By middle of October they should be really good.  October 19th 9am Snappy’s is having a whitefish river fishing seminar and they will be showcasing the new ice fishing gear coming out.  

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Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon
Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon says with antelope season opening up next week and archery season been in effect it’s looking like an interesting start to the rifle season now that there’s a lot of snow up in the hills.  The further South you get there’s more and more snow out there.  Shelby shares a good report of duck and geese in the area, and hopes to see another 2 inch skiff on top of their current snow the day before rifle season opens.  If you’re in the Dillon area, stop into Rocky Mountain Supply for more information or call 406-683-2308.

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