This report covers 3 days of fishing the Pishkun Reservoir in central Montana, at the foothills of the Glacier National park. Amazing scenery and some incredible fish to be had!
The first two days we targeted kokanee and rainbow trout. The reservoir is 75 feet at it's deepest. Day 1 was a get to know the lake day, by days end we had caught a nice 16 inch kokanee and two big rainbows, 21 and 19 inches, beautiful fish! We used a downrigger for the kokanee, caught on an artic FOX kokanee fly with small Dutch Fork ghost blade at 40 feet. The rainbow trout came off a lead core three colors and a planer board, 2 ounce dropper with a new Elgin double blade.
Day 2 we worked hard for the kokanee, stacking a line and running a lead core off the back. We marked a lot of fish, mostly in 60-65 feet of water. Catching was another matter as we went a tough 1 for 6, ouch. I told my son Matt on another day we could just as easily gone 6 for 6. Matt plans on coming back, he has the kokanee bug. These fish should be stellar fishing in 2-3 weeks as they get more closer to spawning aggression.
Day three we switch things up and went into some of the smaller channel lakes to target pike. The reservoir has some big pike in it but we could only find the 20 inch class fish. Matt caught all the pike, 4, on a large red eye spoon. I got a dandy 22 inch rainbow on a large white spinner. We kept a few for a fish fry and called it a day.
Pishkun is a beautiful reservoir and we had pretty much all to ourselves. Even on Sunday, we only saw three other boats. Unreal to have such amazing fishing all to ourselves. Gotta love Montana!