Dishin’ About Fishin’: Captain’s Column (7.17.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: July 17, 2014
Da big one

Paul Lindsoe and his Canyon Ferry whopper walleye

In Western Montana, most rivers are still running above their normal flows for this time of the year, but their flows are coming down. The fishing, as you might expect, is also improving daily on the rivers.  Here is a river and lake fishing report that was sent in to me by “Blackfoot River fishing is good from 8am to about 2 pm.  Large dry attractors working with pats rubber lends dropped off. The upper Bitterroot River is starting to heat up in action with small golden stone patterns and medium sized May fly patterns.  Best fishing seems to be from about 9am to about 3 pm and then it slows up.  Damsels are working on Georgetown Lake- but with mixed fishing success-some bay’s are fishing a lot better than others- you will have to drive around the lake and find where the action is.  Smaller tributaries around Western Montana are fishing well with old basic standbys like royal wulff and yellow humpy.”

Canyon Ferry walleye fishing was good over the weekend. Paul Lindsoe e-mailed me this report after he caught what he believes to be a 13-14 pound walleye that he released back into the water. See Lindsoe’s story on the walleye here. “I Released 4 walleyes over 20″ last weekend, caught over 50 each day, kept a few 14-19″ to eat.” Lindsoe reported.

Adam Strainer, from FWP, had this fishing report from Canyon Ferry, “Rainbow trout continue to be caught throughout the reservoir. Shoreline anglers are doing well using worms and/or marshmallows at traditional access points. Boat anglers are catching some rainbows trolling attractors, tipped with worms, in 20-25 feet of water. The walleye bite has been consistent throughout the reservoir.  Anglers are doing well trolling in 8 to 35 feet of water using worm harnesses (orange, green and pink), tipped with worms or leeches, or while vertical jigging bay points.  Some yellow perch are being caught while searching for walleye”. Down the Missouri River, a couple of reservoirs on Holter this report came from Troy Humphrey from FWP,The rainbows have gone into deeper water, but good fishing can still be found while trolling cowbells throughout the reservoir; especially from Split Rock to Holter Dam.  Perch are being caught everywhere throughout the reservoir in 6 to 15 feet deep.  Walleye are being caught around Mann Gulch, Cottonwood Creek and the clay banks in the lower reservoir.  Most walleye are being caught in 12 feet of water while using leeches”.

The Montana Walleye Gov Fishing Tournament on Fort Peck Reservoir took place last Friday and Saturday. 141 two person teams competed in this year’s tournament. First place went to Jesse and Monica Reuter Sidney, Montana with 44.05 pounds.

In other fishing news closer to home, there is still no word on the Whitefish Bite happening yet on Flathead Lake. This is the time of the year that the whitefish should begin to bite if they are going to bite at all. Let’s hope that the popular bite will take place in the next couple of weeks.

(Written by the Captain)