Nice Perch Caught Near Armed Forces Memorial Bridge in Polson
By Matt Schauer

Posted: June 23, 2012


For those who’d like to make a buck, fishing for bait fish has finally kicked in. So far I’ve had the best success in the waters on the west side of the Polson Armed Forces Memorial Bridge and near the old Polson city dock. The last 2 times out I’ve filled a 52 quart cooler. The standard setup is 2 snelled hooks above a bottom weight. If you are fishing the aquatic larvae rich rocky areas near the bridge maggots and corn seem to work equally as well but the maggots stay on the hook better. Any where you fish. Above the bridge a piece of night crawler is best. If you are on the lee side of the city dock current wise you have a shot at some nice perch as well. The picture is of a couple I caught last time out. One was 11” the other is 13”.

There are many locations on the West side of Polson Bay where both bait fish and perch can be caught. Wherever these bait fish are found chumming with corn will keep them close and actively feeding.

You’ll need some instruction on proper care of the bait fish as you’re catching them. Give us a call at 406-675-0068 for details. You’ll also need a $10.00 license available here at our store. We can’t accept fish from those not properly licensed.

Fishing for Lake Trout on Flathead Lake has been spotty with folks jigging in deep water having the best success.

Kokanee continue to feed actively at Lake Mary Ronan though they seemed to have moved from a depth of 25 feet out to 35 feet. Perch fishing slowed but should pick up again with warming conditions.

The bass in local reservoirs; Ninepipes, Kicking Horse, Pablo, Crow and Turtle Lake will become active with warming water temperatures.

For more information call Zimmer Tackle at 406-675-0068 or my personal cell 406-250-0241. For information or to share fishing stories and pictures, email us at: . Our website: has a listing and pictures of our tackle inventory. You can order on line.

Good Fishing

The Macman

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