NW Montana Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 9.25.19
By angelamontana

Posted: September 25, 2019
Ashley Lake
Reports have been saying the salmon bite is slow. Expect that to change by the weekend with a cold front moving in. Jig the entire water column for suspended fish moving through.
Beaver Lake
Last week was good for rainbows for those that went out. Anglers were using a Rapala Countdown CD3 in a rainbow pattern. They also reported great luck with Little Cleo’s in a silver/green spoon.
Church Slough
Good success in small to medium sized northerns. Smelt on a hanger rig works best. Use a second pole rigged with a search lure (DareDevil) to bring them in. Crappie have been hit or miss, but lots of perch in the process.
Echo Lake
Get out there before the bass start moving to deeper water. Numerous plastic patterns are working well. Use craw patterns on a Carolina rig and drop shot worms or you can wacky rig them. Decent perch action casting Pete’s Crappie Candy.
Flathead Lake
Fall Mac Days have started with slower than usual action. Best laker action has been on South end of delta or near the narrows. Jig a Zimmer Doodlebug with cut bait or troll with a cracked frog Flatfish. Good pike action in and around Somers Bay.
Flathead River
Fly fishing the lower part is good. Use a foam hopper and a prince nymph dropper. Acme Kastmasters are doing well for cutthroat in the North Fork. Thomas Cyclones are reported to work in the middle fork.
Graves Creek (Eureka)
Another good week for salmon snagging. Fish are still coming up and expect another wave when the rain comes later this week.
Hubbard Reservoir
Reports say water level is very low! Look for schooled salmon in deeper water.
Lake Mary Ronan
There has been good fishing on the North end by the lodge. Some anglers are suing small craws from Back Water Bait Co. and dragging along the bottom in 12ft of water. Others are jigging a 1/8oz jig with a leech.

Lower Stillwater
Pike action has slowed but a large pike makes the persistence pay off. Use a large frozen whole bait under a bobber close to weed beds. Using jerk baits in a firetiger pattern.

Middle Thompson
Trolling for salmon has produced decent fish last week. Troll a Sling Blade and a pink wedding ring Double Whammy for best results. Depths vary so watch your graphs.

Rodgers Lake
Reports coming in of great greyling action. They are nailing Little Jake’s lures in a white body and red dot. As for flies, blonde elk hair caddis seems to be getting best results.

Thompson River
Brown trout have been moving in slowly. Hoppers are still working as well as almost any black patterns.

Upper Thompson
Great place for kids to catch perch. They can use a snelled hook and worms under a bobber. Reports say lots of small pike as well.

Kootenai River
Some good reports of larger salmon than Eureka but not as many. Look for large deep pools and throw a 6/0 hook. Let it sink and jerk pole, then let it sink again. Do this repeatedly until you get one. Fly anglers – use a salmon egg and watch wat you catch! Fun!

Whitefish Lake
Lakers are close to spawning so look for a nice gravel bottom, no silt or large rocks. Jig a Zorpedo over these locations to trigger a bite.


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