Nortwest/Central/Southwest Montana Hunting and Fishing Report 10/12/13
By Kamp Cook


Hear where the fish are biting and the critters are hiding in the Kalispell, Great Falls and Dillon areas.

Chancy from Snappy’s
Chancy at Snappy’s says the Whitefish are starting show up in the Flathead River. You can try down by were the Little Still Bridge used to be, or up off the ColumbiaFallsBridge. You can get out in a boat to fish the holes if you want also.  Also trout fishing doing well in there fly fishing with streamers for cut throats and rainbows.  Hungry Horse Reservoir doing well up by AbbotBay for folks trolling with small spoons or small plugs for cut throats. The Mountain Whitefish are starting showing up in the South Fork or Tributaries using small glow hooks and maggots.  WhitefishLake’s been doing well for lake trout for those jigging and trolling for 1-2lbs macks.  There’s been some good reports out of the Bitterroot the last week or so while the kokannee fishing been picking up.  The fish are running in that 10-12 inch range, and few guys have been limiting out.  Folks been catching rainbows.  Mary Ronan the perch are still hitting down there.  Reports of guys catching 30-40 and 10 or so of those are around 12-13 inches and a lot of good keepers in 30ft of water.  FoysLake doing pretty good for those trolling picking up rainbows 12-16inch range.  FlatheadLake the macks are starting to move in to spawn.  A lot of guys fishing in that 30-60ft of water.  Chancy suggests trying down around the WestShore and FinleyPointIsland.  Next Saturday October 19th Snappy’s is hosting seminars starting at 9am and they will be showcasing the new ice fishing gear coming out.

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Leonard from Roberts Bait and Tackle
Leonard from Robert’s Bait and Tackle says fishing has been pretty slow because of the Government shut down. Access to area fishing is limited right now, and Leonard says there have even been reports of tickets being given out for violators walking through campgrounds to fish the shoreline. The only place to put in on Holter is down at the Gate of the Mountains. If you have any questions or need rod & reel repair call Leonard 406-454-1877.

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Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon
Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon says some areas around Glenn, Whitehall, and Twin Bridges the pheasant is good. There’s a lot people in the area hunting for antelope during the open in the Dillon area. Shelby says the area antelope population has herds of 10 to 80 and the availability is good for area hunters. Shelby hasn’t heard of any ranchers turning antelope hunters away, but advises using proper notification for ranch owners. Since the snow storm last week elk bugling has really settled down. There’s still a lot of bow hunters out so be careful when your out and about rifle hunting. If you’re in the Dillon area, stop into Rocky Mountain Supply for more information or call 406-683-2308.

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