Put Down the Ice Auger and Bust Out the Boat – Montana Fishing Reports for 2/14/15
By Kamp Cook
The unseasonably warm temperatures across the state have cut ice fishing plans short, but are opening up opportunities to get the boat out on the water. Hear the latest outdoor reports from around the state of Montana, from the most recent episode of the Montana Outdoor Radio Show.
Bill Brown at Bob Wards says Georgetown is still doing well on salmon and trout, and in Hamilton Winter fly fishing is producing on the Bitterroot.
Brett French Outdoor editor of the Billings Gazette says the ice is deteriorating across Montana and describes his weekly article at Montanaoutdoor.com.
Chancy at Snappy’s says they are starting to lose ice along the shore line, and the Bitterroot is producing kokannee.
Dale at Don’s in Lewistown says there is some open water fishing going on for walleye and Northerns.
Eddie White with The Minnow Bucket in Huntley says the ice’s been a little slow this week, and The Yellowstone River from Huntley East is doing excellent for ling.
Gene Fincher the Happy Hooker discusses the 12 Annual Perch Pounder, and the limitations over President’s Day Weekend.
Jim at Westside Sports says ice fishing on Nelson looks good.
John Harris from Lakeside Resort in Trout Creek says the ice is breaking up pretty fast, and folks are putting in at the North Shore for the open water fishing the shoreline.
Leonard from Roberts Bait and Tackle says Holter, Willow Creek, and Nylan are all open now.
Ron Aashiem reminds us the Smith River floating permit deadline is the 19th. For more detailed Montana hunting & fishing info go to www.fwp.mt.gov.
Ron Boggs from One Way Marine talks shop and describes the Helena Boat Show going on this weekend.
Ryan from Bob Wards says fishing is great in the Bozeman area & in Butte the best fishing in on Ruby. In Helena the rainbow bite is solid but beware the open water.
Tammy from Northwest Sports in Eureka says the warmer weather has made the ice unsafe.
Tracy The Boat Guy from Bretz RV and Marine describes their indoor boat show and the new lines being carried this year.
Trevor Johnson of Kits Tackle says Holter was great this week for the open water fishing, but the walleye are slow. The trout is moving into the warmer shallower water is a huge opportunity for anglers.
Woody from Woody’s Lures in Townsend says area rivers are hot.