NW Montana Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 11-21-2018
By angelamontana

Posted: November 23, 2018

Smith Lake:
The lake is capped over 1 to 2in.   Lots of small Pike try bait and tube jigs it seems to be working all day. For Perch use small jigs and bait. Check regs for size and quantity. BE CAREFUL!Flathead Lake and sloughs: 
Lake Trout try Woods Bay off the point and rocky outcrops. Whitefish are still moving up the river but sketchy. The sloughs are starting to cap over, BE CAREFUL.

Lake Koocanusa:
Salmon fishing (no recent reports) try trolling with wedding rings 30 to 60′ 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 reports) 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.

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′.

Echo Lake:
Largemouth Bass has slowed down fish deep. Smallmouth have been hitting swimbaits, Texas rigging and square bills. Perch fishing around the weed beds try Pete’s tackle, Pike (no recent reports) try fishing around the weed beds with 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 25 to 50′ 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 squarebills. For large trout trolling with large spoons and Lyman lures.

Ashley Lake:
Salmon no recent reports try trolling or jigging in the early morning 25 to 50′. Jigging for perch in the weed beds try forage minnows and Pete’s tackle. Smallmouth Bass have been active on rocky drop off points. Try drop-shotting, Texas rigging and squarebills. For the large trout try trout trolling with large spoons and Lyman lures.

Flathead River:
USGS Columbia Falls:  Discharge: 3830 cfps.    Water Temp: 35 to 40 deg.
Fly fishing: Try large nymphs and streamers.

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