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Fishing report for NW Montana

Well folks fishing is picking up now. I have heard of some lake that are turning  on as the water warms and your spring spawning fish start to stage

  1. Flathead lake East bay has been great Perch fishing using a Mystic Tear with a 21/4″ Chancy’s Crappie Candy or a 1/32nd or 1/16th oz. No name. Flathead is also putting out lot of lake trout using a Stanley Thumper Pro Pack with a Mack Fly tied 12″ above your Stanley Thumper. As the river mud’s up  and we get a mud line on the delta the mac’s will key in on this and I fish a Quick Strike Rig in 6 to 10′ of water. I’ve caught  many pigs with this technique mind you I don’t use any weight just the bait and the Quick Strike Rig.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  2. Little Bitter Root lake there picking up Kokanee Salmon using Double Spin spinners and Koke-A-Dots spinners now  don’t forget the sleeper The Lake Mary Ronan trolling fly for those Kokanee Salmon. For you jiggers out there using Whip Tails jigs. Now the Small Mouth Bass fish here has been Great drop shotting and or using jigs with a creature bait and 21/2″ to 3″ tubes you can get all these plastics here at Pete’s Tackle Shop drop me an e-mail with colors type and size and I will make them up for $5.99 a 10 pack I do have some stuff on hand here at Pete’s Tackle Shop like Wacky Worm and the 3″ Chancy’s Crappie Candy plus 11/2″ Micro Craws. slider5
  3. Flathead Soughs have been producing nice pre spawn Perch and Crappie.We have been out using 21/4″ Chancy’s Crappie Candy and are producing good Numbers of Perch and Crappie now we have been drop shotting or pitching jigs in 10 to 15′ of water with great results.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Lake Mary Ronan opens for all species 3rd weekend in may get you Perch, Salmon & Bass gear hear at Pete’s Tackle Shop or at Snappy’s

Remember practice catch and release take only what you can eat.

Take a kid fishing.


Ice Report Pete’s Tackle Shop

Hi folks Pete here from Pete’s Tackle shop. Well it has been a great ice season.

Lake Mary Ronan – Fishing very  good for perch word is you have to hunt the perch but when you find them it is great. I would start out with a Whip Tail Fire Tiger and or a Whip Tail Super Glow. Now if I found perch in shallow I would put on Lead Maggots either in Super Glow Green or Natural Super Glow or even Super Glow Red.

  Smith Lake-Doing awesome for Jack pike ( small pike) it is also turning out Jumbo Perch. I recommend to take just a few perch out and release those over 12″ this is so we can keep a breading population in this fishery. our Fwp. does not regulate the perch but does the pike with pike having a 20 fish limit. Now here are the jigs the folks are using out there with great success using  Sasse Glow Fry and Sasse Glow Sunnies in Super  Glow Orange Tiger, Perch, Super Glow Fire Tiger. or Whip Tails Green/Yellow ,Fire Tiger and Yellow/ Orange. Some folks have been using Quick strike Rigs for the pike.

Mc Wennegar Slough- Wow it is one of the best lakes this ice season it is producing tons of perch, crappie & Pike and a few nice sun fish. The folks are fishing crappie early in the AM. or 3:00 to around 7:00 PM. The perch are being caught all day and word is some are nice medium jumbos. Pike are running 3 to 10 # with some real hogs coming out to. There using Pete’s Tackle Quick strike rigs. Perch and Crappie there using Sasse Glow Fry in Perch, chartreuse green tiger and orange tiger there also using Lead Maggots in Super Glow Green , Super Glow Red and Super Glow Natural. Now I’m hoping to see you out there.

Rogers Lake- Now this lake usually ices up first and produces nice  Cutthroat & Gray ling but there are a few guys going out the and doing well there using No-Name jigs in purple & Black. There also using Lead Maggots in black and Super Glow Green.


White Fish Report

Hay guys and Gals the Lake Superior White Fish bite has Been Awesome this season. Folks are fishing the HWY.35 bridge and doing great using 11/2″Micro Craws,11/2″ tubes and Chancy’s Crappie Candy. Colors there using are Watermelon, Green Pumpkin and there use 1/8oz. and 1/4oz round head jigs painted bright green,plain lead and black. Now at the old steel bridge  There Jigging  off the bridge and doing great using Pete,s Tackle  Whitefish Slayer and It is a hit.

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Perch fishing report

Well folks time is Lake white fish time again. they are running up the Flathead river and fishing is hot right now. There using  1/8 and 1/4 oz. Pete’s Tackle Shops round head jigs in bright green black and plain lead  there tipped with  1 1/2 in. Micro craws , 1 1/2 in. tubes and 2 in. and 2 1/4 in Chancy’s Crappie Candy. All these plastics are watermelon in color.

Lake Marry Ronan is doing awesome for Jumbo Perch on Pete’s Tackle Shops Lead Maggot in supper glow green tipped with Perch flesh. The Perch have been running a strong 10 to 12 in.  We have also been pitching the Mystic Tear 1/16 oz. tipped with Chancy’s Crappie Candy.

Fishing Report August 1- 8 2013

Hi folks Pete here with the fishing report.
1. Flathead lake- Lake Whitefish are starting to run in 40’ to 70’ of water call or e-mail me for Pete’s Whitefish jigs not on line or in stores yet. Trolling the Delta, Center bar, Woods bay there fishing in 120’ to 300’ in 300’ there fishing suspended fish in 200’ using AA Tubes in Curly or Papa’s Glow. Also there fishing the supper B’s there are a few that are jigging in 180’ with Stanley Thumpers off Woods bay point and the Delta.
2. Flathead River and Sloughs are fishing well for Pike and Large Mouth Bass in the mornings and evenings Bass are being caught on Pete’s Wacky worm rigged wacky or Carolina rig and some are using shot drop shot rigs. For the Pike the pitching spinner baits and ski spoons.
3. Lake Mary Ronan- There fishing for 9” to 12” perch in 10 to 20’ and doing well on Lead Maggots, No-Names and a 1/16 to 1/8 oz. jig with a 11/2” craw in Pumpkin, Root beer or my favorite Is Melvin color.

Spring fishing is hot and running hard.

1.Flathead lake doing great for some and other are having a tough go. I recommend the Mac Fly in Pink/ Pink Glow  or Natural Glow tied above a Super Glow 1 oz. jig with a Stanley Thumper  Glow, Glow Pink or Charteuse Green Glow.

2. Noxon Resivor is doing great for Walleye, Perch, Smallies and White fish.

3. Lower Flathead river sloughs are doing great for Pike.

4. Mc Gweniger Slough is doing great for Crappie up to twelve inches using the No-Name jigs and lead Maggots 2’to 4′ under a slip bobber tipped with Gulp 1 1/2″ Minnows or a night crawler.Bob and mikes day on the lake

Fishing Forecast

Smith Lake is doing great for Jack Pike they seem to like any of Pete’s Tackle. Now the Jumbo Perch are a little more picky the Sasse Flier is working well and no-name jigs are producing nice Perch.
Lake Mary Ronan producing nice 9 & 10 “ Perch they are using the Whip Tail jigs, Sasse Tears, Sasse Fliers with a ¾” Sasse Sting on it. All baits are tipped with Wax Worms or Maggots.
Lake Five producing limits of 11” to 13” Kokanee Salmon. There using Whip Tail jigs in the glow pink, super glow natural, super glow orange & super glow clown tipped with Maggots.
Lower Still Water producing nice Perch a few Pike
Flathead Lake producing large Lake Trout from delta to Painted Rocks their jigging the Stanley Thumpers and the Mac Fly jigging fly above the Thumper about 12” bait Pea Mouth Chub. Remember to take chains as boat ramps are icy.
Island lake doing great for Perch & Pike there hitting all jigs. Pike use tip-ups with a Hanging Pike rig or the Adjustable Quick strike rig baited with Smelt