Early spring fishing is the underrated time of year to fish in Montana. Lake fishing in Glacier National Park is open all year while there are different regulations at other bodies of water around the valley.
According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, here's what's fishing this spring outside the Park.
: East Bay (Polson Bay) for yellow perch around April 15-May 1. Drift or cast yellow jigs with maggot or perch eye, need tribal permit.
: Good for Pike: Good for pike at mouth of Spring Creek, smelt under a bobber.
: Fish along the highway with flies or marshmallows and worms for rainbows.
: Kokanee fishing good below Rexford, rainbow and cutthroat fishing improving.
:Cast lures and jigs for smaller lake trout off shore, rocky points, jig or troll off mouth.
: Kokanee fishing generally better near dam and an occasional rainbow and cutthroat taken also. Rainbow may be up to ten pounds or more.
: Stillfish or troll for salmon.
: General stream opener third Saturday in May.