Bozeman/Butte Fishing Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 1.13.17
Bozeman Fishing Report
January 15 – Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifer- Hebgen Lake
They seem to be catching these days along the shores about 20 yards out in about 10-20 feet of water. The fish are above the weeds, so they are catching about 3 feet above the bottom. Mealworms are the favorite, but they are still using nightcrawlers and maggots. Don’t be afraid to tie on a Rapala Jigging Rap Firetiger or a Swedish Pimple.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir
January 28-29 – Broadwater Lions Perch Derby – Canyon Ferry
The perch are typically found in 15 to 25 feet of water, which requires a short walk of 100 yards or so from the shore. Successful anglers are using dark colored ice flies or jigs tipped with maggots or worms. Awesome Montana-made Kit’s Tackle jigs are always a good choice. Kit’s Tackle Micro Series Ghost jigs and Kit’s Tackle Barrel Series Snow Cone Jigs are definitely a go-to!
Butte Fishing Report
The recent cold spell with sub-zero temperatures have helped ice condition in Southwest Montana. Georgetown lake and Delmo have gotten thick enough that anglers are able to begin fishing. Glo hooks and Marshmallows are a good choice. Nightcrawlers and maggots have also been getting some nice fish. Above all exercise caution on the ice.