Winter Fishing Report – Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa
By Matt Schauer

Posted: January 31, 2012

This picture is a Lake Koocanusa 18lb. Kamloop Rainbow! Caught on November 29, 2011.

Lake Koocanusa has fished very well all winter long. The weather has been very mild, allowing us to get out and enjoy some winter fishing.

Last Saturday, we caught 3 nice rainbows ranging from 6 to 9 pounds.  Really nice fish! Lyman plugs and streamer flies were working best. It seemed that lighter colors in the whites and pinks, light browns were the colors of the day. The lake has not gone down much in the last couple of weeks. The boat ramp is free of ice and snow, no problem. A big thanks goes out to the Forest Service for plowing the road and the parking area at the Rexford Bench Campground and boat ramp.

A bonus for the day we also caught 4 very nice bull trout. The largest bull trout tipped the scales at 9 pounds. It is always a bonus to catch these fish! A friend of mine, Bryan, told me he caught a 20lb. bull trout last week. There are some big fish in that lake, and a lot of them.

Flathead Lake has also been fishing okay. Last week we did two charters and picked up some nice lake trout for the grill. The fish did not seem to be very interested in what we were offering them. This is the first year I have been able to get out on the big lake in January, so I am not too familiar with the fishery that time of year. We usually start fishing in March and do very well on the larger lake trout that time of year.

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This report is from Captain Bob Orsua, of Mo Fisch Charters.  Visit their website at, of call (406) 755-4414