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Perch fishing good around new Polson city dock Perch fishing good around new Polson city dock

Fishermen, What bites well in the perch in a 35 to 45 foot depth? This includes all the weedy areas in Flathead Lake proper (the lake north of the narrows.) Lake whitefish just below the thermocline, but very close to it. This is a narrow thermal layer that has a 10 degree difference in temperature fro...

Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay

Fishermen:  It looks like the perch have finally begun to bite at the east side of Polson Bay.  Though I haven’t been there myself as I head up to Finnian Slough to catch bait fish, I’ve seen a cluster of boats on the south central part of the bay.  A reminder that I’m pay...

Unseasonable weather increases fish harvest Unseasonable weather increases fish harvest

Fishermen, In my 68 years on planet earth I’ve never had an awareness of how good fishing could be in Polson Bay. A summer combination of high temperatures, more weed growth, knowledge of where the fish are and a spike in the new burgeoning population of small mouth bass added together equaled spect...

Best perch fishing ever Best perch fishing ever

Fishermen, In the last few weeks we’ve had the best summer perch fishing around the docks at Polson than I can ever remember. Recently I was out with Eric Smithers from Missoula along with three of his kids —  Anna, the oldest, Aaron and Caleb. Once we were into the fish there was no goin...

Moving to find Lake Trout best approach

The Mack Days Tournament is coming on me like a stampeding herd of Buffalo. Getting ready for it and the spring perch bite has kept us in hyperactive mode. The money amount for this tournament has almost doubled plus three more days has been added per week to expand the total fish caught. The extreme pres...

Perch biting while ice fishing East Bay Perch biting while ice fishing East Bay

Fishermen, We’ve been given the gift of early ice and as East Bay is one of the first bodies of water to freeze up, that’s where I’ve concentrated my efforts. Also where the fish are, if a fella should fall through, it wouldn’t be catastrophic; just unpleasant, with which I have so...

Perch biting in Polson Bay Perch biting in Polson Bay

Fishermen,  It is that time again. The perch bite is on at the east side of Polson Bay on Flathead Lake. Miles Marchi and I made a foray out there April 3rd. The picture is of the 44 perch I caught and kept. Miles had a couple of real jumbos. I’d like to have included Miles in the picture but w...

Pablo Reservoir hot ticket for perch

Fishermen: Pablo Reservoir is open and I would tag it as the hottest perch fishery in Western Montana, judging from all the reports I’ve received. There have been reports of guys taking home as many as 100 perch. Steve Speckert of Polson said he landed the biggest perch he has caught in 30 years....

Ice fishing season in full swing

Fishermen, On Jan. 23-24, my friend Steve Speckert and I made the trek to McGregor Lake to sample some early ice mackinaw fishing. We weren’t disappointed. Between the two of us, we figured we hooked and landed near 80 lakers. Even the smallest would be considered decent fish by most standards. Re...

Ice thick enough for fishing on some area lakes

Fishermen, I’ve been getting multiple calls from fishermen wanting to know the state of the ice locally. This is what I know as of yesterday when I intended to check out Kicking Horse Reservoir, Crow Reservoir, Turtle Lake and the East Bay of Polson Bay. I only made it as far as Kicking Horse and ...


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