NW Montana Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 11.5.18
By angelamontana

Posted: November 6, 2018

Flathead Lake and sloughs: 
Lake Trout no recent reports try trolling and gigging near rocky outcrops.  The river has come up over a 1000 cfps. Whitefish are moving in bigger numbers, try small tube jigs, Pete’s craws and drop-shotting.  Perch fishing has picked up in the sloughs try Pete’s tackle.Lake Mary Ronan:
Perch fishing near the weed beds, jigging seems to be doing the best.  Trolling for trout around the shore line in the early morning try spinners and shallow running crankbaits. Salmon fishing no recent reports   try trolling with wedding rings and jigging with Hailey’s 30 to 40′.
Lake Koocanusa:
Salmon fishing no recent report try trolling with wedding rings 30 to 40′ for jigging use Hailey’s.  For the big Rainbows in the early morning troll with Berkley Flicker shad, Lyman lures and flies.Swan Lake:
Salmon trolling no recent report try wedding rings and small spoons.  Rainbow trolling the shoreline in the early morning and evenings, use spinners, spoons and shallow running crankbaits. Pike, fishing near the weed beds and the river mouth on the south end of the lake.  Swan River (NBF) Pike are biting on spinner, swim baits and large bait.​Smith Lake:
Lots of small Pike. Try bait and bobbers, it seems to be working all day. For Perch use small jigs and bait. Check regs for size and quantity.

Echo Lake:
Largemouth Bass has slowed down try jigs with craws down deep and deep swimming crankbaits.  Smallmouth have been hitting swimbaits, Texas rigging and square bills. Perch fishing around the weed beds try Pete’s tackle, Pike no recent reports fishing around the weed beds try spinners swim baits and large bait.

Thompson Lakes:
Perch fishing has slowed down try small jigs and Pete’s tackle.  Trout fishing around the shore line in the morning and in the middle of the lake in the PM. Trolling with spinners, spoons and shallow running crankbaits.

Bitterroot Lake:
Salmon trolling 15’ to 35′ in the early morning, try wedding rings and cow bells.  Bass fishing around the rocky shore line and drop-offs try drop-shotting, Texas rigging and square bills. For large trout trolling with large spoons and Lyman lures.

Ashley Lake:
Salmon no recent reports try trolling or jigging in the early morning 15 to 35′. Jigging for perch in the weed beds try forged minnows and Pete’s tackle. Smallmouth Bass have been active on rocky drop off points. Try drop-shotting, Texas rigging and square bills. For the large trout try trout trolling with large spoons and Lyman lures.

Flathead River:
USGS Columbia Falls:  Discharge: 4930 cfps.      Water Temp: 46 to 42.
Fly fishing: Try nymphs and terrestrials, stimulators, hoppers, caddis, and streamers.

(photo via AAble Fishing)