NW Montana Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 10.21.19
By angelamontana

Posted: October 22, 2019
Ashley Lake
The salmon should be biting once again. Sonar is the best way to locate the large schools. Once found, jig a Hali or use a Swedish Pimple and a Rat Finke dropper with corn and maggots.

Church Slough
Fun for crappie this time of year. Once you locate them. Use soft plastics on a 1/8oz jig and fish just above the school. Pike action has slowed.

Echo Lake
Once again water levels are low so use caution. All species have been doing well including Salmon and Whitefish. Jig Zimmer’s Rat’l Disasters or Halis. Bass have moved deep.

Fennon Slough
No recent reports but if you go fishing here, use cation going in from the river as levels are getting lower.

Flathead Lake
Another good week for lake trout action down deep in 120-200ft of water. Reports of good perch fishing around Elmo area and Somers Bay.

Flathead River
Anglers are having good success again this week. Reports of nice lake trout by Steel Bridge. Whitefish bite is still on the slow side but picking up daily. Use soft craw plastics on a 1/8-1/4oz jig depending on water current.

Hungry Horse Reservoir
There are still people fishing here with good success. Troll with smaller spoons with Power Bait. The cutts love the silver Kastmasters. Bulls are hitting on the orange Kamlooper spoons.

Try trolling with Cap’t Andy’s flies off a planer board. The bows love this setup. Also try using the pink/white Plug-It lure for good results. No Reports of salmon.

Lake Mary Ronan
Some anglers are catching a few salmon suspended over 30ft of water. A red/white Hali with corn is working well. Another great week for perch fishing. Jig small spoons with maggots about 6in off the bottom for best results.

Little Bitterroot
Cap’t Andy’s trolling flies are getting the job done on those nice rainbows. Combine this with a planer board and run in back about 30yrds from the board. Add a weight in front of fly if needed to get deeper. No reports of salmon.

Lake Five
Good perch action down deep in about 30ft of water. Use a Northland Forage jig with maggots. The use of sonar helps locate schools. Once found, anchor up and jig. Make small adjustments in location to stay on top of them.

Rodgers Lake
Another good week for cutthroat action. Cast small nymph patterns or small spoons towards dying bull rushes / cattails. A few graylings mixed in as well.

Smith Lake
Reports of a few 5+ pound pike caught using frozen whole fish under a bobber. Also use a 5 of Diamonds Johnson Weedless lure.

Tally Lake
A few anglers are still making their way up there to catch pike near the creek inlet. Find weed beds in 8-12ft of water and cast Rapala Jerk Baits. No new reports of lake trout action.

Thompson Chain
Good perch fishing throughout. Smaller pike are hitting on DareDevils. Trolling wedding rings is working well for salmon.

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