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I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Anybody interested in doing a trip for several days in late February or March??
 

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You should talk Ricky into saving his pennies. If I'm not working I'd go as well.
Keep it in mind. I'm going to start doing some basic research. I've seen pictures of an awful lot of ice-caught pigs from that lake over the last 10 years - pike and walleyes in particular.
 

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I might be down for it. 15 hrs each way. In good weather. I have an ATV or snowmobiles. I would be staying on the shore in my camper.
 

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I would be interested as well. Are you putting together a roster? Keep us updated.
Im going to start doing some basic research. Right now, I could't go until late February or early March. So, from a personal standpoint, I need to find out whether that's too late in the season for the good fishing, etc. I'll post things up as I find them out.

My schedule may change, but I won't know that for another month, at the earliest.
 

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I would like togo. I can see if some people from work, from there have any info on the lake. The company that i work for is based in Helena MT. so our guys in Billings might have some info. I will let you know Don. So count me in for the trip.
 

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Thanks, guys. Let me know what you find out and I'll do the same. It will be a few days before I can spend much time on this.
 

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I have read a few trip reports on iceshanty pretty sure his name is bigice from the wyo. board. Killer trips allot of big fish but it seemed for the most part that group would set awhole bunch of tip ups and then coyote hunt between checking flags.
 

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DanDANthefisherman said:
I'd like to go too ! Been thinking of taking a trip there for years. Can take my 8 wheeler with track system.
Cool!
 

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gofindyourowndamnfish said:
I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Anybody interested in doing a trip for several days in late February or March??
This would def. be an AWESOME! Trip!! Looks like a massive lake!

Gas prices shouldn't be too bad if we are able to get a few people per vehicle. Same with hotels. I get more time off come January 1st :) So I should have the time to take off if this trip happens.

Since the lake is so large would we need to rent some Snowmobiles??

I'm gunna go do some google research now :)
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Looks to be about 700 miles from Littleton.
 

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gofindyourowndamnfish said:
I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Anybody interested in doing a trip for several days in late February or March??
This would def. be an AWESOME! Trip!! Looks like a massive lake!

Gas prices shouldn't be too bad if we are able to get a few people per vehicle. Same with hotels. I get more time off come January 1st :) So I should have the time to take off if this trip happens.

Since the lake is so large would we need to rent some Snowmobiles??

I'm gunna go do some google research now :)
Looks to be about 700 miles from Littleton.
Like I said its 15 hours in good weather.(June).
You will need some form of ice transportation.
It has 1800 miles of shoreline. Yes, 1800 miles!
 

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DAYUM!! There is all kinds of species to target up there!!

Northern Pike
Walleye
Sauger
Lakers
Catfish
SM Bass
Chinook Salmon
Burbot


Here are some reports that i found:


Posted Feb 18, 2008
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=77942.0

Here is a General info thread.. shows some CRAZY "Methane Holes" but also shows some fish porn and has fishing tips:

Posted Feb 24, 2010 (4 pages with reports on all pages)
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=147844.0
"Use the utmost caution with Peck and methane pockets. They can cost you your life in a heatbeat!
These are both shallow water..but they can be anywhere.
We had a F-150 parked within 50 yards of these before seeing them."

"Ya be very careful, Every year multiple people go through. Some places just aren't worth driving to. Here's one that ate a quad near our camp, lucky it didn't take the truck! Ice everywhere else was 24 inches thick."




Here is an articvle I found on fishing Fort Peck dec-march

http://www.mondakmarine.com/fishing/fishingstrategies.html
DECEMBER-JANUARY-FEBRUARY-MARCH --
Fort Peck Lake is big and parts of it are very deep. As a result, winter ice is always a huge variable as to when it's going to arrive and how thick it's going to get.

In most parts of the country, these are strictly ice fishing months, but that's not always the case on Fort Peck. In some years, you can fish out of boats near the dam almost throughout the winter. In other years, the ice lays on early.

Ice fishing can be very good on Fort Peck. Look to the shallower areas of the lake -- the upper reaches of the Big Dry Arm and Fourchette Bay to the head of the lake -- to be the first areas that get winter ice. After that, it all depends on how cold it gets and how long the winter lasts as to how many areas will be covered with safe ice.

Ice fishing on the lake can be very good for walleyes, northern pike and big burbot (locally called ling and sometimes referred to as lawyers or eelpout in other parts of the country). Both the Montana state record walleye (16 pounds, 10 ounces by Dan Spence of Bozeman) and the world record saugeye (15.66 pounds by Myron Kibler of Sand Springs) were pulled up through the ice. And the co-world-record sauger (8.805 pounds by Gene Moore of Fort Peck) was caught from a boat as ice was forming on the lake in early December.

One thing to remember about ice fishing on the lake is that it's illegal to drive on the shoreline below the high water mark because of C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (which borders the lake) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (which operates the lake) regulations. You can drive vehicles out onto the lake only at boat ramps and other legal accesses where open refuge roads end. And because of underwater currents, fluctuating water levels and varying weather patterns, some people put pickup trucks and four-wheelers through the ice every winter.

But anglers in spearing houses take good northern pike every winter on Fort Peck. And most other fishermen use tip-ups baited with live minnows to catch pike, walleyes and ling.
 

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I'd love to go!!! I have no motorized ice transport though and, as Slayer pointed out, that's a requirement for Peck. I've been a very good boy this year so maybe Santa will help me out :) Would be an awesome trip to make!

Not too dampen your enthusiasm Ricki, but that state record for MT walleye is no longer from Peck - it was shattered last fall (35" 17.75 lbs. 11/18/07 Tiber Reservoir Robert "Bob" Hart). I personally haven't had the pleasure of fishing Peck (yet), but I know a couple guys who go once or twice every year and they assure me there are still lots of big fish in Peck!!!

I know it won't scare you off Don, but given there hasn't been enough interest to even get a CF group to Glendo the past couple of years, that 1400 mile roundtrip is definitely going to keep the casuals away >:D ;D :)
 

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We don't need casual icers for this one. :D If I found only 1 or 2 others to make this trip that would be fine. I'm not even sure yet whether I can go, or when.
 

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RVinson said:
gofindyourowndamnfish said:
I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Anybody interested in doing a trip for several days in late February or March??
This would def. be an AWESOME! Trip!! Looks like a massive lake!

Gas prices shouldn't be too bad if we are able to get a few people per vehicle.
Gas prices in Montana usually run about 15-30 cents higher a gallon than down here in Denver, and in small towns like Miles City and Jordan it will be even higher that time of year.
 

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Ok... Im in for sure.
I did talk with a road driver that gave my number to a guy that is a Hard core icer at our yard in Billing and talked to him yesterday. He said its not a safe lake to ice in March. It can be hit or miss in march. Depends on the weather up there. He said last year ice was ok in march. But year before was a bust. Feb is a better month to hit and safer ice.

Slayer is also right. You will need some transportation on the ice the fella told me as well. He said you can rent snowmobiles there.

Ok heres what he uses for lure choice Walleyes ;Perch pattern, gold, green white, red and white, and silver spoons tipped with minow head. Jigheads tiped with a whole minow dead sticked. Lakers; same as we use here in Colorado. Perchys; Ratfinks, marmooska jig heads, and strait minow and hook. Kokonee; Pink tubes(small), small spoons, and ratfinks.


He said if i would like he would come up and fish with us. He also said he would give me some GPS plots to use as starters. This trip sounds fun already. Ok did my part :) :) Now lets set a date soon.
 
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