Fishing Report, February 7
Another great week of ice fishing in the books. We’ve had some great ice conditions and great fishing. The slush factor is pretty much gone and most ice is very thick, solid, and comfortable to fish on. Fish have been very active since the low pressure system moved in. Low pressure systems seem to put fish on the move and looking for a meal and very willing to eat. The weather over the next week is looking pretty much the same. Highs in the low 30’s with nighttime lows dropping into the teens.
Fishing Report, Whitefish
North of Whitefish has seen some really good perch fishing. Fish seem to be getting closer to their spawning areas. We’ve been fishing shallower than normal and finding some really good perch. Lots of good-sized males with some fat females, full of eggs, in the mix. 10 feet or less… Pike have been on the move and very willing to eat when you find them. Strings of Jawjackers are very productive. Set up your spread and you might hang a few great pike. There have been a few days when we’ve had pike chasing perch around… That’s time to start trying to jig them up. Bigger perch colored tubes were productive.
Fishing Report, Kalispell
Kalispell area we have mostly been targeting Pike and Lakers. Out west there has been some really good laker fishing. Think deep… 100′ or more seems to be the most productive for the Lakers. White tubes are getting whacked the most. I like to tip jigs with some form of cut bait. Squeeze some smelly jelly in the back of the tube too if you must. The Lakers have been the most productive in the first few hours of light. It seems like they are willing to eat until 9-10 then the refusal game or crickets. Pike have been active most days. I’ve been using cameras mostly. The visual you get from cameras is pretty fun. You can see how they react to your jig. They’ll stare your jig down for a long time before they decide to eat it.
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