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Offline icefisherman taxi

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Fishing Upsata Lake
« on: Feb 01, 2018, 06:27 PM »
My husband is visually impaired from Vietnam so I drive him around to ice fish. We are fairly new to MT the last few years and trying to find places for perch near Missoula. Found Upsata Lake but don't anything about it. Fish closer to parking lot or go south, east or west side. Any info would be helpful. He would be pulling his sled.

Offline smorfonzo76

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #1 on: Feb 01, 2018, 08:15 PM »
Fished Upsata for the first time last weekend and did pretty good on the perch in about 8 ft of water.  We fished the west shore and it was quite a walk to get out of the bay but there was people fishing all over the lake (not sure how they did).  Tell ya what though if your looking for a really easy and close place around Missoula with perch then frechtown pond is great.  Its a really short walk with loads of perch.  I've taken my daughter twice in the past few days and its non stop fish mostly little perch with the occasional sun fish and there is some really nice trout.

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #2 on: Feb 01, 2018, 10:29 PM »
I bet you can catch perch 100 yards from the Upsata boat launch.... remember bass have to be released. You can also catch all the 6 perch you could ever want out of harpers with a rare fish over 8 occasionally.

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #3 on: Feb 01, 2018, 11:14 PM »
We had seen that about the bass. Thank you!!! :)

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #4 on: Feb 02, 2018, 09:35 AM »
I've never tried fishing right off the launch at upsata. I have fished the rest of the lake. If you get out to the first bay just past the weeds you will catch all the perch you could ever want.
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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #5 on: Feb 02, 2018, 04:44 PM »
Be aware that the lake is very shallow for the first few hundred yards off the launch. Not saying the perch won't be there, but it's only like 3-5 feet deep until you get out past the cattails. That has been my experience, anyways. That being said, I haven't fished Upsata in two years because of all the fishing pressure it gets now. Tough to find a parking spot most days!
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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #6 on: Feb 02, 2018, 05:16 PM »
There was no one there yesterday and saw no tracks in the snow so don't know if it's been fished lately.

Offline eldee

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #8 on: Feb 08, 2018, 04:52 PM »
Thinking about running up this weekend, anyone been up the last couple days with the warm weather. Wondering what the ice is like?

Offline Cwebster81

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #9 on: Feb 26, 2018, 03:13 PM »
Get past those cattails and its perch city. Have pulled a handful of pike from the deeper channel, but they were not more than 18 inches.

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #10 on: Mar 04, 2018, 12:58 PM »
Wonder if anyone has been here lately? How's the ice and fishing?

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #11 on: Mar 04, 2018, 03:43 PM »
Wonder if anyone has been here lately? How's the ice and fishing?

 ??? Check the Upsata Lake thread in the "Montana Fishing Reports & Conditions" section !!
        

Offline Kipper

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #12 on: Mar 16, 2018, 08:42 PM »
I would imagine that Upsata would be pretty slushy after this weather.

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #13 on: Mar 16, 2018, 08:44 PM »
I bet you're 100% right about that !!
        

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Re: Fishing Upsata Lake
« Reply #14 on: Mar 19, 2018, 11:58 AM »
Yup, it was starting to slush up pretty good before all this spring weather moved back in.

 



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