Mid Summer fishing report

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Shorty

Founder of A Able Fishing Charter & Tours-The last time we had a good Whitefish bite, Shorty was still leading the pack on Flathead Lake…

Well, it seems as if I have not written a blog in over two months! BUT, I have an excuse, the fish have been biting! In fact we are having one of our best years ever, with well over 350 Lake Trout on my boat alone! These are all very nice fish too; it seems they have been eating very well in what we are referring to as “The year of the baitfish”.

Everywhere we go, we are finding bait, from schools of small 4-6 inch Whitefish, to giant bait balls of Perch out in the deeper water that take 3-4 minutes for us to troll through…an abundance of food makes for very healthy, and chunky, Mackinaw.

Weather has been very unusual, with a HOT and DRY June, an above normal July, and now an August that can’t seem to make up its mind. The female Lake Trout we are cleaning seem to have some very well developed egg sacks, for the first week in August.

With things as advanced as they are, I would like to encourage our clients and friends to book your fall fishing trips SOON. I think the fish we usually start catching in August out in the deep water will be some of the finest eating Lake Trout ever, and those we are already catching seem to support this. These fish are on average 1-1 ½ pounds heavier than in years past.

Lastly, the Lake Superior Whitefish bite has begun. This bite has been all but absent over the last 6-7 years, but it seems as if the numbers of sizeable, catchable fish are back. We are now booking trips out to catch these hard fighting and tasty fish, offering fast jigging action for groups of 2-3 at a time.

Summer won’t last forever, so let’s get out on the water before the snow flies!