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Flathead River Sponsored by
Date 17-Jul-14
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Conditions : Flathead River: Fishing has been good for both small mouth and pike. For hte small mouth try fishing a soft palstic minnow on a split shot set up. For the pike try fishing crankbaits or soft plastic flukes.

Reported by: Sportsman Warehouse Missoula


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About: - The Flathead River begins its 55 mile journey into Flathead Lake at the confluence of  Middle Fork and the North Fork at Blankenship Bridgemarks. Ten miles downstream the South Fork meet the Flathead. From there the river will ever so slowly meander to Flathead Lake.

The last few miles of river not only make a thoroughfare for the migrating fish; they also hold some good numbers of nonmigrating fish year-round. Big cutthroats spend the winter in this section of the river. This section is properly the highest fished area of the Flathead.

The Flathead below the lake is still pleasant to the eye, but fishing conditions are fair at best. picturesque qualities but holds little promise for the trout-seeker. Poor spawning streams may be to blame for the dearth of trout. Most available streams either dry up due to diversions or silt over so badly that they become unsuitable for fishing.

The lower Flathead does have a cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout, but in such a large river their small numbers make them few and far between. The northern pike provides most of the piscatorial excitement, especially in the backwaters and below Dixon. Larry Petersen, a fisheries biologist, found he could tag a pike, release it, and return to the exact same place in the river weeks later to find the pike again. The northerns often weigh in at over thirty pounds.

  • Lake Trout
  • Lake Whitefish
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Northern Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout

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Flathead River Flows
North Fork
Middle Fork


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