August 17, 2017

by Kitty Wicklund August. 23, 2017 880 views

Montana - last year we were introduced to Dixon Melons at the weekly Farmers Market in Polson. They are so sweet and tasty and they are larger than a cantaloupe. Hard to believe but we haven't made it to the Farmers Market this year, we always seem to be busy with things. One of our neighbors were going to the Farmers Market so I asked them to pick one up for us and they did! We just finished it and will have to get another

Dixon melon

Dixon melon

Saturday there was a lot going on around town - art show, car show, chili cook-off and a concert. We decided to check out the car show which covered about 3-4 blocks on Main Street. There were cars of all ages and conditions.

Jim checking out a '37 truck

Jim checking out a '37 truck

A Memphis police car with Elvis Presley's signature

A Memphis police car with Elvis Presley's signature

Jim has been very busy researching downriggers for our boat. The best way to catch Lake Trout and Kokanee Salmon is to fish deep, therefore, you need downriggers.

You may be asking, what is Kokanee? Kokanee fish info: The kokanee is the landlocked version of the sockeye salmon. Kokanee were first introduced into Montana in Flathead Lake in 1914 and are currently fairly widespread in the western half of the state on both sides of the Divide. Kokanee can achieve sizes of 3 to 5 pounds but 1-pounders are most common. The size of kokanee in Montana waters is a function of two factors, their own population density and the abundance of their available food supply. Kokanee are strictly plankton feeders and they can rapidly overpopulate, resulting in large numbers of stunted fish. Kokanee spawn naturally in many Montana waters.

So we are now on a mission to catch us some Kokanee salmon! Jim went to a seminar/demo on downriggers at Cabela's. He went to the morning demo and was the only one there, so he got lots of 1:1 and personal attention. He found out what he needs, got it ordered and he installed it on the boat. There's a lot to it, weights, clips, fishing poles, reels with counters, lures, spinners things and of course another tackle box.

Electric downrigger

Electric downrigger

Wednesday we went to Swan Lake to figure things out and see how it all works and maybe catch fish.

Swan lake

Swan lake

We cruised and trolled the lake for a while and know how the downriggers operate and then went up the Swan River. Jim caught a nice 14" Rainbow Trout in the river. The river is so quiet and peaceful and we came across a few homes on the river as well as some large nesting areas on both sides of the river. The Swan River provides nesting habitat for 23 species of waterfowl, with the most common species being mallard, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, and common goldeneye. Other common species include: wood duck, ring-necked duck and bufflehead.

Swan river

Swan river

Jim fishing the Swan River

Jim fishing the Swan River

Don't know if you heard there are quite a few fires burning in MT. The Lolo fire is south of us by a couple hours, but it is large and has been burning for a while. We had a thunderstorm go thru here and resulted in a couple lightning strikes that sparked fires a few miles from us, named the Blue Bay fire. Driving back from Swan Lake/Big Fork we saw 4 helicopters loading up with water to dump on the fire by us.

Helicopter getting water from Flathead Lake

Helicopter getting water from Flathead Lake

View of Blue Bay fire from our window

View of Blue Bay fire from our window

They have a good handle on this fire and no structures are threatened.

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