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Lake trout, perch fishing hot

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If you haven’t already made plans for the weekend, I have a fishing report that will expand your possibilities.  

Last Saturday Casey Kopel and I caught eight lake trout near the shore south of Melita Island. We did best with a whole-fish setup in around a 50-foot depth. I spent time in shallow weedier areas searching for perch but found none. The fish we caught ranged in size from 7 to 16 pounds.

On Feb. 28 I made a foray to Big Arm State Park. No problem driving to the boat ramp. In a 37-foot depth over heavy weed beds I had the best perch fishing thus far this winter. Using a tube jig with an inline smile series hook above made fishing in the weeds a little easier. It was steady enough in the first two holes I drilled that it was near impossible to check around in other depths. Three of the perch were right at 12 inches, genuine jumbos. I used a combination of night crawler and maggot for best results.  

Here also, if you go a little deeper to 45-55 feet, your chances at catching a bruiser lake trout are good.  Last year I had word of a 40-inch being caught here.  

Lake Mary Ronan’s Kokanee fishing may not be as fast as in times past, but they are running bigger with a lot of 12 inch fish and one fisherman told me he took in a 17 incher. Night fishing seems to be the way to go.  

Other than Turtle Lake for perch, the other area bodies of water are quiet.  

Wear cleats as the lake is slippery. 

For more information call us at: 406-675-0068, or 406-250-0241 or email at: 

Good Fishing, 

The Macman (Perchman)


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