Finally Pablo Reservoir is open and, as of yesterday, I would tag it as
the hottest perch fishery in Western Montana, judging from all the reports
There were reports of guys taking home as many as 100. Steve Speckert of
Polson said he landed the biggest perch he’s caught in 30 years. The size
spectrum is from tiny to jumbo with steady action being the norm.
I had the best success yesterday with a ¼ oz all –glow Double Treble
Trilobite which is a Trilobite with hooks and willow leaf blades on both
ends. I’m amazed at how aggressively they attack this jig. The size
helps attract the bigger fish and is somewhat of a deterrent to catching
so many small fish. Tube jigs also work well.
After initially catching a fish on maggots I switch to fish eyes. There
is something about the appearance and the smell of the fluids in an eye
that drive the fish crazy.
Perch fishing is a great way to initiate young anglers. Being on the ice
frees them from the confines of a boat and the chance of having a positive
outdoor adventure is much increased. I’ve never known anyone who’s
developed a passion for outdoor sports that has any regrets.
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(Report by the Macman; Cover photo: brindleysharbor.com)