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Old 07-22-2010, 05:53 PM
 
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How long do people enjoy the lake before the cold sets in?
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Palmer, AK
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I used to help my friends board up the windows on their Flathead Lake cabin at the end of the summer----probably late August or early September. I'm sure you can enjoy lake activities year round though depending on what you want to do,
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Woods Bay, Montana
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This is our first year since moving here so I cannot answer the question at the moment, but I believe September is what I've heard.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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there really is no correct answer on this question,since it all depends on the winter each year. once it freezes its that way usaully till spring, but that can be at anytime,depending on how soon winter hits. then when it freezes,most enjoy the ice fishing
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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The entire lake rarely freezes over, mostly the bays and along the edges but they drop the lake level each year so the boat docks are high and dry until the lake fills up the next season.
Boats need to be hauled out for the winter, no year-round mooring docking or anchoring like they do at Coeur D' Alene.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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How long do people enjoy the lake before the cold sets in?
The lake is already cold! Especially after a storm. Once I tried to go swimming in the Flathead...I think I made it up to my ankles. Very, very cold water at that time.

But you probably meant when the cold weather sets in...
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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Yes, I was talking about the weather.
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Old 07-31-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I believe that I read some where that about a decade ago The Montana Department Fish Wildlife And Parks was netting the lake to evaluate the fishery and the netted more than one Lake trout in the 70 pound range and one that they netted was just a smidgen over 90 pounds.
The hook and line world record I think for Mackinaw is 72 pounds (Northwest Terr.) and the Montana Record I think may have come out of Flathead Lake, (I could be wrong) is 42 pounds, 11.8 oz.
Eat the little ones they have less mercury in them.

If you visit Flathead Lake and want to catch a Mac go see "Shorty" in Bigfork, he or Cal will take you out trolling and you don't pay if you don't catch fish. They also clean and wrap them up for you.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:28 PM
 
Location: cemetary
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How long do people enjoy the lake before the cold sets in?
I've fished on the lake to Thanksgiving, after that the snow clogs up the ramps. Most vactioners get in around 1st of June and leave in October. Fishing is best in Yellow Bay, where the drop offs are greater. We just deep jigged for them or ran downriggers out towards Rollins. Just remember to get a Tribal Permit.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:22 PM
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The lake is already cold! Especially after a storm. Once I tried to go swimming in the Flathead...I think I made it up to my ankles. Very, very cold water at that time.

But you probably meant when the cold weather sets in...
If you are in a boat in the middle of the lake, yes, its' cold. But if you swim off the shore its' fine. I went swimming near Finley point last August and the water temp felt like 75 degrees. It had to be warm, because I can't stand cold water.
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