Because shrimp levels are so high they arenít
looking for other food sources so your bait needs to be where shrimp are and
also needs to be small.
A standard setup has been a fly above a
jig. This works ok but because the
shrimp are on or near the bottom or a bait that is on or near the bottom will
be most effective.
The most successful fishermen are using
techniques that allow them to cast a heavy weight as great a distance as possible
from their boats and then set their bait to the bottom as far away from the
boat as they are able. A long but also
sensitive pole, a full spool of braid line (Teflon-coated Kevlar) and a heavy
weight with one or two flies baited with cut bait or night crawler will help
keep you in the target area where the fish are feeding.
Some are using flies as small as a size
10. Others are using weighted flies
which has a tendency to keep them on or very close to the bottom.
Because your flies and jigs stir up the
bottom which draws fish it is a good idea to cast in the same place multiple
times. Change your bait often. Use strong scent along with your cut bait (shrimp,
shad, anise, or even WD40 are scents that will enhance your bait.) See Picture
of my favorite setups.
Hundreds of fishermen have taken thousands
of perch from the East side of Polson.
Because of the numbers of big fish caught and kept it will probably
become more difficult to catch the large stringers of fish. Yesterday, April 21, Tim Rains and I headed
to the West side of Polson Bay to see if we could find perch. We didnít quite have as fast of action as on
the East side but the fish we caught were surprisingly large. We also took a nice lake whitefish and
several mountain whitefish. See
picture. The three biggest were 13
inches or just shy.
As soon as waters warm in the main Flathead
Lake, because perch populations are on the rise, Elmo, Big Arm, Dayton, Rollins
and Skidoo should all be areas with good perch fishing. With rising perch
numbers the lake white fish that become catchable when theyíre feeding on perch
fry will begin to bite in late July.
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