Early spring fishing is the underrated time of year to fish in Montana. 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.