The fishing on Flathead is in full summer mode. The runoff has ended and the water has cleared. Most of the fishing is being done around the delta area, which is west and east of the river mouth. The fish are staged at the edge of the drop off as the shallows drop into the deeper water around the delta. Try tolling in the 60’ of water out to 160’. Watch the fish finder and when you start to mark fish concentrate on that depth and target the feeding fish. If you start to get hits stay in that area and work those fish.
Also try the 300′ depth in the center of the lake. These fish are suspended from 190′-230′. The usual dodger and houchie combination will work. Also the Brads Super Baits work very well. This is an afternoon bite starting around 4:00 pm until sunset.
WHAT TO USE:
Try trolling #0 dodger from Silver Horde, Gold Star. #790, 793, and 110 all are working well. 23”-28 behind the dodger tie on a Ace Hi Fly also from Silver Horde in a # 142, 197 and a 224 all in the UV.
Also try #35 Octopus (41/4”) in color #8179, 8180 or 3140.
Troll the dodgers at 1.5 – 1.8 mph. vary your speed, troll in an “S” pattern, rather than a straight line. This will create various speeds to either the outside lines or the inside lines. You can also attach a small piece of cut bait to the front hook of the houchies or Ave Hi.
Also some spoons are working. Try perch patterns and some brass colors. The Sonic Edge spoons from Gold Star in a # 653, 663 and 110 work well.
I like to put down a couple downriggers deep and then flat line a couple spoons to cover all the depths.
Captain Bob Orsua
Mo Fisch Charters (www.mofisch.com)
(Written by Captain Bob Orsua of Mo Fisch Charters; Cover photo: Captain Bob Orsua)