Jim Vashro Reports on Flathead Whitefish
By Kamp Cook

Posted: August 6, 2016

Montana Outdoor Radio Show correspondent, Jim Vashro, recently checked in with the latest report on the whitefish bite on Flathead Lake.

According to Jim,

This is a few days late. I went fishing at Big Arm Tuesday morning. We started at 6:30 out from the Big Arm ramp, marked lots of fish, only caught a perch and a pikeminnow. No other boats around.
Moved north to the point, around to the A-frame, marked more fish, only caught some small perch.
Moved across off Elmo FAS. There were some boats in 35’, they said no luck. We started searching, marked fish in 50’ and I caught a whitefish. We anchored at 8 am, fishing slowly picked up to a steady bite. Two of us caught 35 whitefish. We quit at 10:30, fish were still biting. We had attracted about 15 boats by then.
I tried chartreuse and green Rattlesnakies, a Northland spoon and caught some fish. The best bite was definitely on Zimmer’s 3/8 ounce dark green Rattle-D-Zaster. Fish averaged 2-1/2 to 3 pounds but we caught some in the 5-6 pound range. We were straight out from the Elmo ramp and about 100 yards west in 50’ of water. I still haven’t heard of any reliable catches up north.