Tips for fall fishing around Montana’s Flathead Lake

By on November 21, 2014
Flathead Lake (Credit: Matthewjs007/CC BY 2.0)

If you live in a part of the country where temperatures are starting to seriously drop, you may be in for some top-notch fishing. Angler Dick Zimmer writes in the Valley Journal that this time of year is his favorite. He offers a few tips for mid- to late-fall fishing in the Flathead Lake area that could help elsewhere:

  • As waters cool, cold water fish that normally reside near the lake bottom have grown more active and relocated to the shallows, providing a great opportunity for shore fishing. Try rocky shorelines with rattling bait for good effect.
  • If there are any underlit bridges around your fishing hole, try angling near them just after dark. Larvae and other creatures will head toward the lights, and a host of fish will likely follow.
  • For boaters, ultra-light poles offer good control when fishing near the boat, while medium action rods do the job at a longer range.
  • Get to know what your target species likes to eat. Maggots are a fine all-around choice, as they smell appetizing to any species with a taste for larvae.

Image: Flathead Lake (Credit: Matthewjs007/CC BY 2.0)

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