Missoula/Hamilton Fishing Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (4.15.16)
By angelamontana


Missoula:

Fishing is a good bet this weekend! The fish in Brown’s Lake are working the shore line all day long. Salmon Lake is doing well for northern pike along the weeds and at the inlet. Use pike minnows under a float. Seeley Lake is having luck with pike at the outlet. Try smelt under a float or on the bottom. The fishing is decent on Harper’s Lake. Power bait and lures from the bank should work well. Time to get your float tube out for some fun on this lake.

The Blackfoot is pretty much blown out. We’d recommend using nymphs, rigs, or streamers close to the bank. For flies, consider double beaded stones, princes, san juans, rubber legs, hare’s bar, pheasant tails and for streams, consider the dungeon or anything that articulates.

Like anywhere else in town, the Clark Fork is up in flows and off color, but the fishing is decent. For dries, try march browns, skwalas, and BWOs. For nymphs, you might use standard rigs such as princes, double beads, and the worm. Flows are up but stabilizing on Rock Creek. Skwalas and march browns should be out and standard nymph rigs close to the bank should work as well.

Hamilton:

Paddlefish lottery results are now available as of April 11th.

Lake Como has been now been restocked for the year.

The warm weather has made fishing on the Bitterroot River’s high water extremely difficult. Once the river starts clearing up try using March Browns, Blue Wing Olives, and San Juan worms.

If you’re willing to get out of the bitterroot, take a scenic drive and try trout fishing Big Hole River.

As always remember to call 1-800-TIP-MONT to report any illegal activities regarding hunting or fishing.






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