0000005018 00000 n Woods Bay, Yellow Bay, Blue Bay, and West Shore State Park are reasonably sheltered spots with deep water close to the ramp for smaller boats. 152 0 obj <>stream Nice size Lake Trout, aka Freshwater Char, which are members of the Salmon family, so said Captain Todd. Flathead Lake is a large natural lake in northwest Montana.. Silver and chartreuse are popular dodger colors and white, chartreuse, blue, and glow are popular squid colors. 0000001923 00000 n If you’re interested in catching lake trout at Flathead Lake, this group of anglers made a video to show you how they do it. You’ll increase bites if you tip the jig with a piece of fish (sucker, Norther pike minnow, or perch) or use scents. Flathead Lake; Monitoring methylmercury in fish, impact on users of local food pantries; OREGON. Lake trout (or mackinaw) are primarily fish eaters. While lake trout were artificially introduced to Flathead around 1905, they do occur naturally in a few isolated bits of Montana. If you’re interested in catching lake trout at Flathead Lake, this group of anglers made a video to show you how they do it. Diving Planers are tied inline 4-6 feet ahead of the lure. You’ll lose lures so use inexpensive ones. The Most Fish-N-Fun You Can Have on Flathead Lake! They also allow you to fish with fairly light gear since the line releases from the heavy downrigger cable and ball when a fish hits. But, (and you've heard this before)... Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Flathead Lake Spring Mack Days event is postponed until further notice. This 126,000 acre lake has a reputation of trophy Lake trout, Northern pike, & Bull trout. You can stillfish cutbait (fish) or worms on the bottom or cast 1/4 oz. able to fish for bull trout, or perhaps eventually even cutthroat trout in Flathead Lake or the river system, a tradition that was once a mainstay for generations of anglers. 0000001057 00000 n 0000413634 00000 n PNW Pollution Prevention Resource Center – $88,304 Portland metro area; Reduction of pollutants from automotive and landscaping industries; Salmon Safe – $200,000 Oregon, … Whenever I use this trout lure, it always gives me what I expect as I always catch different kinds of fishes especially lake trouts that, for some fishers, are undoubtedly hard to seize. Scents or tipping with a small piece of fish may help. A lake trout of a … Use 1/2 oz. Jul 18, 2015 - Flathead Lake, Montana. Use 3″ bodies for 3-5 lb. 0000498590 00000 n 0000009496 00000 n Lake trout up to five pounds eat lots of Mysis shrimp and can be delicious fried, baked, barbecued, or smoked. 0000018831 00000 n 0000018548 00000 n Howe's Fishing specializes in all things Flathead lake . Set the hook hard when you feel a tap or jerk. Flathead Lake specifically offers excellent lake trout fishing opportunities. Methylmercury is a poisonous mercury compound created when mercury is dissolved into freshwater and seawater. They can dive 30-50 feet but will trip when a fish hits to allow a better fight. Other productive jigging areas are the river mouth, Conrad Point, Painted Rocks/Cedar Island, Wildhorse Island, the Narrows, Finley Point, and Gravel Bay. h�b```a``-c`e`(dda@ �;P��E���͍&|J�\@��J�[�AR���2WId�� �Yi:��z=��N���d��֌@ �}%O�]8�[���C� ӌs"�����N�\��b��������Mƒ�vf��. Flathead Lake (Salish: člq̓etkʷ) is a large natural lake in northwest Montana and is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area that is west of the source of the Missouri River in the contiguous United States. or larger spoons such as Krocodiles in silver/red or gold/red or minnow-imitation plugs such as Rebels or Rapalas in black/silver, black/gold or fluorescent orange. 0000444116 00000 n 0000518778 00000 n 0000002468 00000 n Flathead Lake Charters was established in Woods Bay, Montana in 1979 by owner/guide Jeff Rach. In Montana, the Lake Trout of Flathead Lake have achieved trophy status, growing to 42 pounds. Flathead Lake Monster Charters: Best way to catch Lake Trout on Flathead Lake - See 5 traveler reviews, 6 candid photos, and great deals for Bigfork, MT, at Tripadvisor. "Lake trout are a fairly long-lived species, and for that reason they can actually accumulate quite a bit of methylmercury, to levels that are not healthy for individuals to consume." Flathead’s lake trout number in the hundreds of thousands but they are not native to these waters. With his hand on mine, we began to reel it in. If you’re not catching fish and can’t see them on the finder move to a jigheads, going to larger heads as you fish deeper. A medium weight spinning or baitcasting outfit with 10-lb. Scent or a piece of cut fish on the squid can help. All fish are to be turned in by dark. Jig every 10-20 seconds. See the Meal Advice Chart on the back page for fish size and serving recommendations. Popular colors are blue/white, red/white, perch finish, or frog. Though lake trout would probably remain abundant in Flathead Lake, it’s possible the population density would produce a fishery dominated by stunted individuals. boat speed and vary the distance back from the downrigger release. On our half day, full day or twilight charters, we target the largest mackinaw while using the lightest tackle – this provides you with challenging fun as you feel the weight of your prize trout as you reel him in. If your dream is to catch a “Trophy Lake Trout” and experience Flathead Lake or maybe hike the trails and view wildlife on Wild Horse Island, Captain Mike can help make your dream come true. Humans introduced lake trout, currently the dominant trout species in Flathead Lake, about 100 years ago. The lake itself offers excellent fishing, but not necessarily for fly fishing. Chapter 3: Seasons on Flathead Lake and When Lake Trout are feeding on Lake Whitefish Length 7:19 Bull trout were listed as a Threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 1998, and populations in the Flathead Basin have declined to the point that many experts are concerned that bull trout could become extinct in the basin. 0000007280 00000 n 0000023762 00000 n 116 37 0000570883 00000 n Lake trout can be readily caught from shore in May-June and October-November when the water is cool and they’re in shallow to look for food (spring) or to spawn (fall). To work, the lure has to be skipping on the bottom. Love Trophy Lake Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike are caught almost every day. Lake Trout are a major game fish in much of Canada and were at one time a staple of the Great Lakes fishery. On Swan Lake we … Posted: August 11, 2020. test. It marks the southern limit of the Rocky Mountain Trench, a structural depression extending northward to the Liard Plain of British Columbia, Canada. Click here to See the Fish! Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) we re first described from a specimen from Hudson Bay (Walbaum 1792 cited by Scott and Crossman 1973). Try them and you’ll find they’re very different from their cousins, the mountain whitefish. Created by Ice Age glaciers, almost thirty miles long and fifteen miles across at it’s widest point, Flathead lake is the largest natural lake in western U.S. A 160 mile shoreline and water covers nearly two-hundred square miles of Montana – and at 300 feet deep, you’d better … It’s an epicenter of outdoor adventure, offering a whole host of activities and a superb selection of camping options, including off-the-grid choices, RV spots, historic cabins, and even yurts! This lake is 122,251 acres in size. Flathead Lake Monster Charters: Best way to catch Lake Trout on Flathead Lake - See 5 traveler reviews, 6 candid photos, and great deals for Bigfork, MT, at Tripadvisor. A short distance from the boat, something struck on the other end of the line. 0000002505 00000 n Expansive flats may not hold many fish. ), you're going to have a great time, too. With an estimated 1.5 million lake trout in Flathead Lake, the Tribes’ goal is to remove 143,000 annually in order to begin seeing a reduction in the overall population. Captain Mike's Fish~N~Fun: Flathead Lake Trout - See 120 traveler reviews, 163 candid photos, and great deals for Lakeside, MT, at Tripadvisor. Lake Trout inhabit very deep, cold lakes, living in water up to 200 feet deep. Generally, look for areas that will concentrate bait fish such as points, sloping areas of large rubble, or flats adjacent to drop-offs or steep slopes. The lake is a remnant of the ancient, massive glacial dammed lake, Lake Missoula of the era of the last interglacial. Lake trout are generally easy to catch but they move a lot and action can turn on and off. 0000444405 00000 n Count down before starting your retrieve so the lure is near bottom. You can also troll plugs that will dive to 10′-20′. Fish the same lures and locations as flatlining with 3-8 colors out. Today, an estimated 1.6 million lake trout live in Flathead; more have since migrated and colonized most of the watershed. The most common downrigger lure is a squid and dodger or flasher although a variety of lures can be used. Flathead Lake teems with fish in today’s environment, and the most abundant trout species aren’t the ones that historically belong there but that’s changing. Generally fish 30′-100′ deep for smaller (2-5 lb.) For you experienced fisher people (is THAT politically-correct enough for you? test line will work. See the Fish! 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