March is a good month for big fish on Flathead Lake
By Matt Schauer

Posted: March 6, 2012


March is one of my favorite months to fish Flathead Lake for big fish. I like to fish the big flats off shore usually in 180 to 200 ft. of water. The big lake trout from 30” to 40” go out to these big flats to feed on the small white fish and fresh water shrimp.

What to use:

I like to troll large flatfish from Worden’s. Try T-50, 55, and T-60’s. Try colors in the Luminous, white belly red top, and metallic silver blue scale. Remember trolling these flatfish SLOW is the key. One mph or slower is a must. You cannot troll too slow for these big fish.

Also try Worden’s MAG LIP in the white belly red top, blue bandit, and the fish reaper. Keep these flatfish trenching along the bottom of these flats and the edge of the rocky transition to the flats.


Using the downriggers I present the lures 150ft. behind the downrigger ball. Set the downrigger weight approximately 5 ft. off the bottom. Keeping the weight tight to the bottom will assure that the flatfish will be in the zone of where these fish live.

Also I like to set out a steel line down the middle to fish another zone, further behind the boat. When using steel line you have to make sure that the lure is in the zone of these fish tight to the bottom. Using steel line it will take a large capacity reel with 1000ft of steel line. It will take approximately 600 ft. of line out to get these lures in the zone.

See ya on the water!

This report was written by Captain Bob Orsua, of Mo Fisch Charters.

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