March 12, 2016
As of this report Spring Mack Days is one week away beginning Friday March 18th.
Because spring has come early this year another opportunity presents
itself if your find a day when the lake trout arenít uncooperative.
the last three years, probably due mainly to a decrease in lake trout
numbers the yellow perch fishing in Polson Bay has gone from excellent
to incredible. Yesterday, March 11th, Roger Smart and I took
advantage of a calm warm spring day along with 5 other boat loads of
fishermen with incredible fishing results. As water temperatures rose
to near 45 degrees the perch began to feed in a frenzy. To have 10 to
20 big perch chasing your bait at the same time is an awesome sight that
I never tire of. For the most part we used perch flies baited with
night crawlers, not because other baits wouldnít have worked as well but
because we wanted something that was convenient and fast.
3:00 p.m. I had a full 52 quart cooler and Roger had a full 5 gallon
bucket. There wasnít a boat around us that wasnít having similar
The picture that I took to
help whet your appetite for a day of fishing on the East side of Polson
Bay (East Bay) is of only half of our total catch.
me give you a three year over view of the progress the perch have
made. Two years ago there were probably close to 20,000 perch harvested
in the bay in the normal early April to early May bite. As water
temperature warms, which happens rapidly in that shallow water, the
large fish become less active until the large fish there become near
dormant in the summer heat. There normally is a short window of
opportunity in June when cool water from a rising lake again create some
At this point the perch fishing shifts to the west side of Polson Bay.
me continue with a three year progression of perch fishing. Last year
judging from the increased number of boats and the continued fantastic
fishing I estimate near to 50,000 perch were harvested. Then to top the
summer season off the perch fishing around the Polson area on the west
side of Polson Bay near the river outlet was the best Iíve ever known.
Just the fishermen with me caught at least 1000 perch plus numerous
limits of small mouth bass. Three different times this winter fishing
through the ice I filled a 5 gallon bucket. Like fishing in an aquarium
I could selectively choose which fish Iíd let take the bait.
with the advent of the 2016 spring perch season my partner and I kept
over 200 perch to start the things off. Because it started three weeks
early, I estimate that somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 could be
If you are interested in
great fun for the family and a perch fry for the whole neighborhood
watch the weather reports for a decent day and head out to East Bay.
is one added aggravation that I hope is eliminated as soon as
possible. Because the norm is for smaller fish, mostly males, to begin
biting toward the end of the spring season and the larger fish to become
less active, some fishermen came to the false conclusion that it was
because the larger fish had been all caught by earlier fishermen. The
Fish and Game accepted their complaints and conclusions and made a law
that you are supposed to keep only 10 fish over 10 inches. Here again
an unnecessary tension is created between the authorities and the
sportsmen. With thousands of fish involved at best it is going to be
cumbersome to enforce and cause ill will. Their best avenue, in my
opinion, would be to admit their mistake and leave a world class fishing
For more information or comments call us at 406-675-0068, my personal cell is 406-250-0241, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our product line go to: www. zimmertackle.com
had a great ice fishing season with new lures that Zimmer is dreaming
up every year. Iím heading to Polson Bay and Pier 93 today with the
perch flies you will need for this immediate fishing flurry. Among all
of our customers we thank you especially Snappys Sports Center in
Kalispell and Bob Wards in Missoula. You have been with us from the
very beginning and we appreciate your faithfulness and generous orders.
We have too many faithful local customers to count or list but we thank
you so much for your friendship and your faithfulness to a small, local
shop that majors in Fishing Tackle. Tell us if you are looking for a
lure (we sell all brands of lures and jigs, downriggers, augers etc.)
and we will find it for you or faint trying!
The Macman ( perchman?) and his dear wife.