Bitterroot Lake Kamloops Rainbows


This fishery West of Kalispell continues to put out some nice fish!  The water temps have been hovering right around 51-52 degrees F and that means active fish.  The weather is such that it’s keeping the kokanee near the surface and these big rainbow trout take advantage of that.  Planer boards with flies and plugs as far out and away from the boat as you can get them and a speed from 2.5 to 3.2 mph is the ticket.  Lyman Lures and Silver Horde plugs in kokanee colors and big streamer flies in muted colors are the lures of choice.  A little scent never hurts!


Doug Bolender of Kalispell shows of a nice 8.2# fish he recently caught while fishing with long time friend Dan Smith.  Fish was caught on a pink and blue Lyman plug behind a set of boards Doug made.  After a limit of salmon each, the guys switched over to trolling for rainbows and caught this fish in the mid afternoon.  Well done guys!