January 24, 2014


Pablo Reservoir is open and as of yesterday I would tag it as the hottest perch fishery in Western Montana judging from all the reports Ive received.

There have been reports of guys taking home as many as 100 perch.  Steve Speckert of Polson said he landed the biggest perch he has caught in 30 years.  The size spectrum is from tiny to jumbo with steady action being the norm. 

I had the best success yesterday with a oz all glow Double Treble Trilobite which is a Trilobite with hooks on both ends.  Also Willow Blades are great out there.  Im amazed at how aggressively they attack this Trilobite jig.  The size of it helps attract the bigger fish and is somewhat of a deterrent to catching so many small fish.  Tube jigs also work well.

After initially catching a fish on maggots I switch to fish eyes.  There is something about the appearance and the smell of the fluids in an eye that drive the fish crazy. 

Perch fishing is a great way to initiate young anglers.  Being on the ice frees them from the confines of a boat and the chance of having a positive outdoor adventure is much increased.  Ive never known anyone whos developed a passion for outdoor sports that has any regrets. 

For more information give us a call at: 406-675-0068 or email us at: macman@ronan.net

Good Fishing

The Macman


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