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Old 08-18-2020, 08:27 PM
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1st Place in this tournament had almost a 10 lb Average. Has Erie or any other tournament averaged this high?
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:25 AM
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Big deep fertile waters with an excellent food supply and low fishing pressure results in big fish.
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Old 08-19-2020, 12:18 PM
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Big deep fertile waters with an excellent food supply and low fishing pressure results in big fish.

Peck is only really fertile with high water following a period of low water. We have that situation now, actually what is probably the peak or will be over the next couple years. Every species is growing huge right now with very great numbers. Pike are averaging over 10 lbs (minus the odd hammer handle), salmon are at record sizes, walleyes...I have never seen as many big fish in the system. SM are rampant and that record will certainly fall soon, and very few people actually target them. Crappie on the west end are thick and bigger than most years too though not huge by any means, a 12 incher is big and most are about 10. Perch are the one laggard IMO though we have got a few 12 inchers this summer most are dinks. Ciscos are the key forage base and they are also at record levels.

If we have a prolonged drought in Western MT mountains things could change at Peck in a hurry for the short term. Numbers of fish will drop but size will keep growing until the big walleye and pike populations crash due to age. Already this year water levels were far lower. That said a prolonged drought that allows vegetation to grow on the bare banks is good when high water returns as that were much of the nutrient load comes from...just will take about five years to get back on track.

This is the time to make the trip to Peck IMO. We are in a sweet spot that like most wildlife situations in MT is very cyclical. The one exception might be lakers, because they live so long and there are so many 10-15 lbers out there now. Give that class a decade and look out.

I think a better comparison between Peck and Erie might be Peck and the downstream reservoirs. We sure get a lot of SD and ND folks making the drive over. I spoke with some WI anglers this spring who were utterly disgusted with the fishing out here because they had a rough week. But they were fishing the lake like they would a midwestern bowl lake, trolling around hoping and expecting that fish would be all over. That is not the case at all. You need to keep on them or actually find them day by day, you need pay very close attention to boat control and be VERY aware of wind induced currents. That and understand that they often move out over very deep water chasing bait balls of ciscos. Some of the biggest fish are caught in open water under ciscos and many 20 inch fish will have a 8 or 10 inch cisco or two in their belly. Looking at the tourney results, that is very evident. The top teams crushed it, the bottom end hardly registered. We see the same at the cleaning station every afternoon too.
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Old 08-19-2020, 07:01 PM
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Big deep fertile waters with an excellent food supply and low fishing pressure results in big fish.
Oh, I thought it was slot limits that did that........joking lol

Thanks peck, I sure wish I could get there.
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Old 08-20-2020, 09:50 AM
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What is the road situation for getting to the ramps? From people that have been there it is 50-100 mile trips on gravel roads and some roads that are not much more than dirt paths. Is that the real story or people just trying to keep crowds out of the area? thanks!
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Old 08-20-2020, 03:56 PM
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What is the road situation for getting to the ramps? From people that have been there it is 50-100 mile trips on gravel roads and some roads that are not much more than dirt paths. Is that the real story or people just trying to keep crowds out of the area? thanks!
Naw. The ramps by the dam are right off pavement, or like Duck Creek a short stretch of gravel. The Pines is good gravel. **** Creek is 24 miles of newly put down gravel, often washboarded but good. Bone Trail and Forchette are very long gravel, but mostly used by guys that live in Malta or Havre. Devils Creek is not bad but can get bad in heavy rain. Crooked Creek is about 50 miles as I recall but not bad these days. Rock Creek is pretty good, Nelson Creek OK. Now these are summer conditions, winter fishing can be a whole other deal.


The place is very remote (other than by the dam) certainly. It's not like you don't see other boats, in June the **** Creek ramp can have 100 rigs. But then there is so much water you never have to fish a point with anyone else.
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Old 08-23-2020, 07:18 PM
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The report on the tourney was that the top teams were trolling cisco patterns deep over flooded brush. 25-35 feet down. I suspect they were over the main channel sunken islands where the willows were thick during the big drought.
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