THE SHORT REPORT
February 16, 2024
I should have arrived earlier today because the bite was decent when I arrived at 9:30 but got progressively slower throughout the day. For the first hour the fish were coming in about every 10 to 15 minutes in groupings of one to four fish and were interested in my jig. I caught one kokanee and had two other bites in the 10 to 20 feet range. After 11:30 a.m. fishing died right off. I marked very few fish and the couple I did mark didn't come close enough to my lure to see them on camera.
Even with this cold weather the ice on Monte is still not great. I was set up on about three inches of clear ice with another two inches of white punky ice. I didn't take off my PFD today. On the way out there were also big areas with three inches of slush.
January 9, 2024
Still no ice! Monte Lake is 100% open water. It is not surprising with this mild winter we've been having, but cold weather is on the way. Hopefully the lake will close up by late next week!?
THE SHORT REPORT
October 19, 2023
It was a day full of white caps, and the kokanee were not that interested. I found several fish down at 50 feet but I spent hours chasing them with no success. After several hours I caught one small kokanee at 20 feet and lost two others at this depth. It was the only depth that I had any success. All three fish were on the pink wiggle hoochie. I went through my tackle box of lures on the other rod but no luck. I decided to check out the very south end, and was surprised to see my fish finder light up! I caught 6 rainbows all on the pink wiggle hoochie. The very south end was stacked from 20 feet to the bottom, presumably all rainbows! I don't think I have ever caught more rainbows than kokanee while fishing Monte. The schools of rainbows were not too far off shore- I would guess that shore fishing for rainbows on the south end would be very productive!
Fishing report from readers
June 29, 2023
Jarrett had a successful day at Monte with his dad. Thanks for sharing your tips, Jarrett! Jarrett writes,
"Knowing it was supposed to be a beautiful day today I was finally able to talk my dad into journeying to Monte from Ashcroft. We arrived at the highway launch just before 9:00 a.m. and were fishing by 9:30.
Heading straight across the lake we were rewarded with fish showing on the finder right from the start at 10 feet all the way down to 40 in 90 feet of water. I dropped down to 30 feet with a 10 foot setback while my dad sat at 10 feet down with 70 feet or so of line out (weight plus speed and amount of line out). By 9:45 I had my first fish in the boat after numerous nibbles. Over the next 45 minutes the fishing was hot as I landed 3 more and my dad lost 1. It started to slow down on the bite after that but not on the screen as multiple schools were all over the water column. I was still able to land 1 more after losing 1 for the limit while my dad lost another but landed 2 including the hog for the day a 1 and 3/4 pounds.
All the landed fish fought with a fury and the acrobats displayed by them was awesome, including a 4 foot leap right into the boat, no net needed. By noon we were off the water with 7 landed and the memories of yet another great fishing day between father and son. 25 or so degrees out, with a little cloud cover that kept the sun away and made an almost perfect fishing day. 58 Fahrenheit water temp.
I stayed the course for the whole time at 30 feet down with a 10 foot setback while my dad varied between 10 to 20 feet down. Trolling 1.1 to 1.3 mph criss-crossing the lake from one side to the other by the highway launch."
Rod one: First, red with silver bendable 4 inch dodger, 14 inches of leader to a green and orange smile hoochie.
Rod two: red and white bendable 4 inch dodger, 14 inches of leader to a home tied orange hoochie.
The bait: Homemade fire cure and garlic shoepeg corn
I caught 5 and lost 1, while my dad caught 2 and lost 2. All fish between 1.22 pounds and 1.75
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Thrilled to hear about your great day, Jarrett! Thank you for the great report. Hope you enjoy your free fishing lures.
June 21, 2023
I knew time would be limited before the rain came today, but I wanted to take advantage of my day off.
Recent reports out of Monte have been good. The fish are of good size and are extremely scrappy! My last outing to Monte provided some of the heathiest looking kokanee that I have caught this season.
I was on my way to the lake when I realized that I had forgotten my scented shoepeg corn at home and I had gone too far to turn around. I did have some Berkley's synthetic pink maggots which also work, but not as good as scented shoepeg.
I arrived at 9:20 a.m. and was fishing by 9:45. I started at the north end launch just off the highway and headed south towards the middle of the lake. I was marking fish at 20 and 25 feet but all attempts at that depth were unsuccessful.
I noticed several fish rising so I pulled my gear up to 7 feet and the success started to come. I caught one scrappy kokanee on the wiggle hoochie in the middle of the lake. Moments after landing that fish my other rod that was equipped with a pink spinner hoochie was bouncing, but it got away. The action was coming in waves, likely every time I got near schools that were on the surface. By noon I had caught three kokanee and lost 4 others.
I used 70 foot setbacks and trolled at 1.2 to 1.3 MPH. Both the spinner hoochie and the wiggle hoochie seemed equally productive. I stayed in front of the middle pull out and went back and forth from the west to the east. I am quite certain I could have caught my limit today, but the lightning strikes that came in at noon prompted me to quickly get off the water.
Rod one: First, a Chrome's pink and chrome bendable dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink Chrome's wiggle hoochie
Rod two: a Chrome's pink and chrome bendable dodger with 14 inches of leader to a Chrome's pink spinner hoochie
The bait: synthetic maggots
I caught 3 and lost 4. Not bad for a couple of hours!
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