The big beautiful lake in Northwest Montana is a great place to spend the weekend if you nowant to catch fish. The whitefish bite has returned to Flathead Lake, at least for now in Big Arm, Elmo, and around the Narrows. The Captain has made a couple trips to Flathead lake this week and both times he and he crew were successful.
Wednesday Downrigger Dale and Doug Stewart made the trip and they caught fish from 7 in the morning till around 11am. The bite then tailed off a bit as Captain moved around Big Arm and Elmo bay’s searching for fish.
The lure of choice for most anglers is the 5/8 or 3/8 ounce rattle d zastor with a fly about a foot above the rattle d zastor. Tip all the hooks with maggots. Maggots, flies, and lures are available at Bob Wards in Missoula.
Anglers are anchored in about 50 feet of water and vertical jigging from the bottom. Almost all the anglers that the Captain saw fishing were catching fish including Dave Rieker in the red shirt, who traveled from Seeley Lake to fish on Wednesday morning. Rieker kept 25 before heading home.
The whitefish schools will be moving around the lake in search of the perch fry in the coming weeks. So if you find perch in shallower water say 30 feet, the whitefish will be staged a little deeper around 45-50 feet.
So if you want to catch fish and have a lot of fun doing it head for Flathead Lake this weekend the weather should be great too!