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Montana Fishing

All about fishing in the Treasure State

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The state of Montana offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the world. It is a fishing paradise set in a land of spectacular, natural beauty. Find excellent fishing for trout, salmon, bass, walleye, crappie and more. We focus here on the major lakes in Montana. Additionally you may also find excellent fishing on smaller lakes, ponds and streams. Some of the best fishing rivers in MT include the Madison River, Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, Boulder River, The Missouri River, Stillwater River and many, many more.

Fly Fishinf For Trout In A Montana Stream

Here in the great outdoors of Montana, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, golden trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch, coho salmon, kokanee salmon, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Montana Lakes

Montana major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Montana, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Montana, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Montana Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Fly Fishing for Trout

Ashley Lake is a 2,400-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 8 miles west of Kalispell, MT.

Bighorn Lake is a 5,500-acre lake, located in the south-central part of the state, in the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Bull Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 10 miles south of Troy, MT.

Canyon Ferry Lake is a 33,000-acre lake located in the west-central part of the state, at Townsend, MT.

Clark Canyon Reservoir is a 4,900-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 15 miles south of Dillon, MT.

Deadmans Basin Reservoir is a 2,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Shawmut, MT.

Flathead Lake is a 128,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Polson, MT.

Fort Peck Lake is a 250,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Fort Peck, MT.

Fresno Reservoir is a 7,400-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Kremlin, MT.

Georgetown Lake is a 3,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 12 miles west of Anaconda, MT.

Gibson Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Augusta, MT.

Hauser Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Helena, MT.

Hebgen Lake is a 19,000-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, 3 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT.

Holter Lake is a 4,800-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Wolf Creek, MT.

Hungry Horse Reservoir is a 23,500-acre lake located in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles east of Columbia Falls, MT.

Lake Elwell/Tiber Reservoir is a 14,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Galata, MT.

Lake Frances is a 3,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Valier, MT.

Lake Helena is a 2,100-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Helena, MT.

Lake Koocanusa is a 28,800-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Rexford, MT.

Lake McDonald is a 6,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at West Glacier, MT.

Nelson Reservoir is a 4,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles west of Saco, MT.

Noxon Reservoir is a 6,100-acre lake in the west-center part of the state, at Trout Creek, MT.

Placid Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Placid Lake State Park, MT.

Seeley Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Seeley Lake, MT.

St Mary Lake is a 3,900-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Babb, MT.

Whitefish Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Whitefish, MT.

Willow Creek Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Augusta, MT.

Lake McDonald in Montana

MT Boats For Fishing

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State of MT Fishing Information

Click here to obtain a Montana Fishing License. For more information about fishing in Montana, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.

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Fish for big bass in Montana

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in MT.

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Fish Species in Montana

Fishing for bass in Montana

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

MT State Record: 8 lbs 13 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

MT State Record: 6 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for catfish in Montana

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 34 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for crappie in Montana

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 3 lbs 2 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

MT State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for walleye in Montana

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 17 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for trout in Montana

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

MT State Record: 31 lbs 1 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 16 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

MT State Record: 9 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

MT State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

MT State Record: 42 lbs 11 oz

Golden Trout

Golden trout

World record: 11 lbs 4 oz

MT State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for panfish in Montana

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

MT State Record: 2 lbs 10 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

MT State Record: 0 lbs 13.5 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

MT State Record: 0 lbs 15.5 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

MT State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

MT State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

MT State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for salmon in Montana

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

MT State Record: 31 lbs 2 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

MT State Record: 4 lbs 14 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

MT State Record: 7 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for other species in Montana

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

MT State Record: 37 lbs 8 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

MT State Record: 142 lbs 8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

MT State Record: 8 lbs 13 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

MT State Record: 15 lbs 10 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

MT State Record: 14 lbs 2 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

MT State Record: 38 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.