Ice fishing for perch is hot at Holter Lake

Art Nuthak stood on a foot of ice, a hood pulled over his head and ice cleats strapped on his boots to keep from slipping. With a strong wind, it felt much colder than the 32-degree temperature, but perch fishing has been hot here.

“We like to eat perch, so that’s why we come up here,” Nuthak said as he monitored bobbers in two holes in the ice and hoped for a bite. The lowly perch — not walleye or trout, the state’s poster fish species — is attracting big numbers of ice anglers from across Montana to Holter Lake 60 miles southwest of Great Falls.

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