NW Montana Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter 1.7.19
By angelamontana

Posted: January 8, 2019
Smith Lake
8-10” of ice. Lots of Pike and a few decent Perch reports.

Blanchard Lake
About 5” of ice & slush. A few nice Perch and smaller Crappie. Reports of a few Pike thrown in as well.

8” of ice. Perch fishing is on and off. Some small Pike being caught with tip-ups.

Beaver Lake
Now has about 3-5” of ice. Reports of a few nice Rainbows along with Salmon. USE CAUTION as some springs are still open.

Rodgers Lake

About 5” of ice. Be patient and get rewarded with a nice Cutthroat. There are reports of a few nice Grayling being iced as well.

Lake Monroe

Good ice, about 5-7”. Lots of smaller Perch along with a few nice ones mixed in. The Pike fishing has been good as well.

Little McGregor

Around 5” of ice. Perch bite has been good, but not much for size. There are some fair Rainbows being caught though.

Thompson Chain

Upper has good ice (5-7”). Perch fishing is best in deeper water. Middle is UNSAFE but reports of people fishing the shore lines. Lower is on and off again for Perch.

Bitterroot Lake

There is some ice on the North end (about 3”) but use EXTREME CAUTION! No reports of fish being caught.

McWenneger Slough

Reports of 2-5” of ice. It is safe out front, but USE CAUTION in main body and NE End. A few keeper Perch and Pike.

Church Slough

Ice is holding about 5”. Good Pike fishing using tip-ups or Jaw Jackers. Crappie has been slow, but lots of small Perch.

Echo Lake

No recent reports, but the bays are fishable. BE CAREFUL in the main body due to thin ice!

​Lake Mary Ronan

Anywhere from 2-5” of ice. No reports of people crossing over the middle to the West side. Perch being caught in front of Tuffit, State Park and Mountain Meadow Resort.

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