How to Fish Flathead Lake (by Mike Howe)
By angelamontana

Posted: August 23, 2018

The fishing on Flathead Lake this summer has been some of the best we have seen in years.  We have experienced great spring fishing for Lakers, transitioned to Lake Whitefish in mid-summer, and in between, Kokanee, and Cutthroat, big Yellow Perch and even a Bull Trout or two.  Whether it’s been really good fishing for everyone, or if it’s our team of guides from Mo Fisch and A Able Charters, all under the umbrella of Howe’s Fishing,  all sharing and putting each other on the hot bites daily that is making the difference, we are having a season to remember for sure.

We are catching Lake Trout in 60-100 feet of water, just outside the schools of Whitefish that seem to really like that 40-60 foot depths.  We continue to catch the Whitefish jigging spoons such as Zimmer Rattle D Zastors, Petes Tackle Whitefish Slayers and other, perch fry imitators.  The perch fry are slightly larger in size now, in that one and a half to two inch range and the small Whitefish we are finding in the Lakers bellies are in that four to six inch range.  Right now, a little bigger IS better.  If you are fishing in the South end of Flathead Lake, Rocky Point has been doing well, and in the North, Painted Rocks to Caroline Point, but there aren’t too many places the Whitefish aren’t.

Lake Trout and Lake Whitefish are both fall spawners, and will begin to move towards their October-November spawning grounds very soon.  Some of the best fishing, trolling shallow, rocky areas along the shoreline, is yet to come if the Mackinaw is your quarry.  The Whitefish will continue to bite right until they begin to move into the Flathead River.  But again, why wait? Get out there and take advantage of one of the most fruitful angling periods of the year.

Here at Howe’s Fishing, we offer educational trips to target both the Lake Trout and Lake Whitefish on Flathead Lake, as well as multi species trips on many area waters.  Give us a call, we will get you out on the water and teach you what we know!  One trip with us will have you fishing like the Pros who make their living out there.

Call 257-5214 and tell them The Captain sent you!

Mike Howe