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River is fishable. Moiese slough, buffalo rapids catching trout and smallies. Great places to fly fish. 

Sloans to little Bitterroot River for pike, just before you hit the other side of the little Bitterroot before you there are brown trout. Bass are in just about any rocky areas including off docks. Narrow area, 40 to 60 feet, for lake trout west side of Polson Bay, Big arm and Elmo points. Pablo Reservoir has perch, bullheads, crappie and largemouth bass. 

City docks are good at nine to 12 feet. The water is warm, so you can catch perch, small mouth bass, pike and some bait fish. Use a bottom weight with two hooks, fuzz bugs with a nightcrawler for perch. Kicking Horse had a tournament here this week. Largemouth bass are aggressive, so good fishing there. Also, pike.

For shore fishing, go to the west end of the bridge upstream for small mouth and a possible cutthroat. Throw spinners off Elmo docks, perch setups also. Lake Mary Ronan has salmon and perch. West of Finley Point is good for trolling and jigging, catching lake trout using a whole fish, 40 to 60 feet. Fish either side of the channel west of Melita Island in 40 feet of water for lake trout using silver spoons in this case. 

Mission Reservoir has brook trout and catch and release cut throat and rainbow. Crow Creek has cut throat and catch and release brook trout. Ninepipe has bass.

Fishing access added on June 28, south side of Elmo Bay Boat Ramp. There are perch but they are small. Lake trout as well. Big Arm has lake trout at 40 to 60 feet. East side of Polson Bay has perch in five to 12 feet of water. Northeast of Bird Island has Lake Trout at 180-230 feet.

Use sensitive rods like Ugly Stick elites ultra light and light, and braided line. Monofilament stretches does not jig well. Use a few turns of monofilament before you put braided line onto your reel as the braided line is so slippery without the “anchor” it will sprong off your reel. 

Good fishing.

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