Western Montana ice fishing report for the week of Jan. 9

Matthew Kiewiet

Echo Lake, Bigfork – Albeit with quite a few anglers on the ice, the Lake Superior whitefish are biting. Those can be caught in about 18-22 feet of water while jigging a small spoon tipped with maggots. Folks have also been getting into some kokanee, perch and pike. — Ray Ward, Kalispell

Holter Reservoir – Perch action has been great and most are being found on the lower end of the reservoir while using Hali jigs and maggots near the bottom in 35-45 feet of water out from Departure Point, Log Gulch, and the BLM boat ramp. A few rainbows are being picked up in the bays near the shorelines. Most are being caught while using various jigs or ice flies with maggots or crawlers 6 to 10 feet below the ice. The BLM ramp has up to 8 inches, Log Gulch has up to 10 inches and Departure Point has up to 11 inches of ice. — FWP, Helena

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Ashley Lake – About 5 inches of ice have been reported around most of the lake. Folks have been successful targeting kokanee. — Chancy and Dave’s Fish

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