Just returned from three days guiding for pike in North Eastern Montana. The weather and fishing ended up being perfect. We had clear sky, comfortable temps and no wind each day. The fishing was pretty solid as well.
The fish were a little tough on day one, as a low pressure system had just moved through the area. We only managed to land a fair number of Smallmouth to pass the time. Day two and three were lights out though. We moved fish all day long, in a variety of water. Some of the back bays were a little green from the recent storm. So we weren’t able to sight fish for everything. But many of the fish we got to eat were seen in 5-10′ of water before they ate.
We moved or fed as many as 20 fish per day, with the average fish on this reservoir being about 10 pounds. The biggest fish landed came in at about 37″ and 17 pounds. Thats a lot of fun on a 10 wt rod. We would also land the occasional overly aggressive Smallmouth that would manage to get our pike flies in his mouth and even had a few shots at some feeding carp. All in all a great three days with Carlisle. Pretty sure he is hooked on the pike thing now.
Montana Pike fishing will continue to be good for another few weeks. As water temps continue to warm up, the fish will move deeper and deeper in search of comfortable water temps. Once this happens, they are tough to target until the fall. Contact me today if you are interested in taking advantage of the spring pike fishing. There are still a few open days left.