Spring Runoff in the Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa Fishing Report
By Kjel

Posted: April 30, 2012

Flathead Lake:

The runoff on Flathead Lake is in full swing. The lake is very muddy about ½ ways down the lake. We fished just outside the mud line last sat. and sun. and did very well. Try trolling in 160 – 200’ of water on the east side of the center bar, just about due east from West Shore State Park, or Angle Point.

Try trolling the Pro-Chip 8 series flasher from Pro-Troll in the #106 Glow Chart. Tie on a #8161 Mother of Pearl Houchies from Gold Star. Also, Ace Hi Fly #142 or #860.

Remember keep your speed down to 1.2-1.8 mph.

Lake Koocanusa:

The runoff has also taken over this lake. The water temperature has gone up to the 50-52 degree range in the muddy water, still in the 48 degrees just outside the mud line. You can move south on the lake to try and get out of the darkest waters. This year with the recent rains and warmer temperatures I think we are just going to have to wait for the runoff to finish.

Tight lines

Capt. Bob
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