Western Montana ice fishing report for the week of Jan. 23

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.

Ashley Lake – The kokanee bite has been great in 60-80 feet of water, with limits being reported by several people. Fish are averaging about 12-14 inches and being taken during the morning on Hali jigs and Swedish Pimples tipped with maggots. 6-8 inches of ice has been reported. – Ray Ward, Kalispell

Canyon Ferry Reservoir – A few rainbows are being caught 15-22 feet deep around Duck Creek on pink, brown or black jigs with worms or maggots. Walleye and perch are being caught mid reservoir between Hole in the Wall to Confederate and Duck Creek in 35-45 feet of water while using red, black or orange Hali jigs or spoons tipped with maggots, worms or perch eyes. A few burbot are being caught around

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