Central/Northwest/Southwest Montana Fishing Report [AUDIO]
By Kamp Cook

Posted: February 9, 2013
Chancy from Snappy’s
Chancy at Snappy’s says Smith Lake has some nice perch but you have to fight off the smaller pike. Lower Stillwater Lake good reports in the 9-12 inch range for perch, Island lake still doing well on perch in the 7-11 inch range, Ashley Lake 5-6 inches of ice catching some kokanee but you may try the deeper water for the larger kokanee, Bitterroot Lake is froze with about 6 inches, but be careful out there for the pressure ridges and open water. Some good reports out of the Thompson Chain Lakes, the lower is good 2-8 lb range for pike, middle Thompson been slow and in the middle there is a soft spot so it’s a bit springy. FrankLake has good reports on rainbows. Chancy reminds us February 16th,  Snappy’s Free Family Fishing Day is going on.

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Leonard from Roberts Bait and Tackle
Leonard from Robert’s Bait and Tackle says we’re losing ice in area. Holter’s has some open water, still fishing down by Social Security beach. Nylon and Willow Creek holding at 10 inches, Willow Creek has some open water by the dam, Bynum has 14+ inches, Francis has 12-14, Tiber 12 – 14 inches towards the middle, Fresno has 18 inches, Baileys has 11 inches, Beaver Creek has over 10 inches, Arod 10-16 but there’s reports of some open water, and Piscan has 10 -15 inches with some open water. Fishing wise it’s been fair. Bynum, Tiber, and Francis have been getting reports on perch. Also, Francis is having a Fun Day on February 16th from daylight to 1pm. Raffle tickets are being sold $5 each or 3 for $10 up until the afternoon of the 15th, and tickets will be sold until the day of the drawing. If you have any questions or need rod & reel repair call Leonard 406-454-1877.

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Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon
Shelby from Rocky Mountain Supply in Dillon says the Coyote Hunting Derby had good participation, but not a great harvest. Clark Canyon doing well with worms and white corn for bigger trout, and Sucker Bait’s been good for ling. The Fishing on the Beaverhead is good with spinner fishing but not for fly fishing. If you’re in the Dillon area, stop into Rocky Mountain Supply for more information or call 406-683-2308.

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