Western Montana ice fishing report for the week of Feb. 27

Matthew Kiewiet

From Montana FWP: Ice fishing is a great way (and we would argue, the best way) to get outside and spend the day in the winter. But remember, no ice is 100% safe, and no fish, no matter how big, is worth your life. Take if from FWP’s Stacy Schmidt – crayfish hunter by night, ice safety technician by day – and her team at Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue.

Blanchard Lake: If you’re fixing to fry up some tasty panfish, this is the spot. Crappies and perch have been on the chew. This body of water is fairly shallow all the way around, so you’ll want to target weed edges with a tungsten jig tipped with maggots. – Ray Ward, Kalispell

McGregor Lake: Some good sized rainbows have been caught recently, with one fish pushing 10 pounds. Tie on a small jig, wolly bugger jig or a twister tail with a wax worm on it. Rainbow trout are usually located along the shoreline. You’ll also find some lake trout out deep in about 60-80 feet of water. For the lakers, try a tube jig with some cut bait. – Chancey and Dave’s Fish Camp, Evergreen

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