Polson, MT - we have been busy boating, fishing, exploring, visiting friends, playing pickleball and eating. Monday we went to Missoula with the truck to take care of a recall notice. While in Missoula we checked out Cabela's and just looked around town a bit. It's still very hazy and smoky from the nearby fires. We stopped at Zimmer's Bait in Ronan on our way back from Missoula and got the hot set up for fishing whitefish as well as where to fish. This is a small family run business and they are very helpful in getting the right bait/jigs for fishing what you want to go for or telling what's biting and where to go.
Got back to Polson in time for a late lunch. We made another visit to Big Arm and Jim dropped me off so I could order lunch (it takes about 20 min to prepare) while he took the truck back to storage and picked up the Jeep. He got back just in time and we shared a basket of broasted chicken and it's still delicious!
Tuesday we launched the boat at the public launch in Polson and headed north off Finley Point. Using the new jigs and bait (maggots) we got busy fishing for whitefish.
Jim got a bite and next thing we know line is peeling off! He finally got saw color and I grabbed the net, the fish was too big for the net and he did boat the fish. He put it in the livewell and it pretty much filled it! He caught this guy on 6# line! This lake trout measured 30". We didn't weigh it as we didn't have a scale.
Thursday we visited our friends who were camping with family at Big Arm State Park. They took us for a boat ride and it is so much fun cruising along the shore and looking at beautiful lake homes. We drove by a private island owned by the heir to Levi Strauss. The caretakers home is bigger than our house and there's a stone tower next to it and there are lots of different stories about it, as well as the mansion
On the other side of the island is a landing/dock and they have a barge that brings vehicles, supplies and whatever else is needed. It's quite the setup.
Friday we got up early and drove to Thompson Falls (about a 2 hour drive) and go fishing with friends who live there, they are hosts at a State Park for the summer. He's always catching lots of fish, so we went fishing with him and learned a bit about another area.
We took a ride up river then headed back and cleaned our fish - 9 bass (Sorry Imforgot to take a picture of our catch). The water was like glass, as you can see. Then we headed over to the nearby State Campground where John and Diana are camp hosts for the summer. Then headed back to Polson.
Jim fried up the bass in the cooker and it was delicious! We invited some fellow campers to join us and there were no leftovers! And again I forgot to take a picture.
Until next time!