The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and
lake trout. Brown trout are considered the most difficult to catch
and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival
of the trouts and the brook trout is the most sensitive to temperature.
The others are comfortable in slightly warmer waters.
Trout Fishing Lakes In Montana
With its clean cold water, Montana is a prime haven for trout.
They grow big and healthy in all types of waters throughout the
state. Virtually all rivers and streams in MT contain one or more
species of trout and they are found in private ponds and small
lakes as well. Most of the major lakes in Montana sport a healthy
population of trout. These lakes include Ashley Lake, Bighorn Lake,
Bull Lake, Canyon Ferry Lake, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Deadmans
Basin Reservoir, Flathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir,
Georgetown Lake, Gibson Reservoir, Hauser Lake, Hebgen Lake, Holter
Lake, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Lake Elwell/Tiber Reservoir, Lake
Frances, Lake Helena, Lake Koocanusa, Lake McDonald, Noxon Reservoir,
Placid Lake, Seeley Lake, St Mary Lake, Whitefish Lake and Willow
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has a program for
stockinh trout and other fish. Visit their website to get details
on trout stocking
The Montana state record brook trout was caught from Lower Two
Medicine Lake and the state record brown trout came out of Wade Lake.
Red Eagle Lake yielded the state record cutthroat trout and Cave
Lake gave up the state record golden trout. Ashley Lake has the honors
for the state record hybrid trout and Flathead Lake for the state
record lake trout. Honors for the Montana stste record rainbow
trout belongs to the Kootenai River near the David Thompson Bridge.
Bear lake yielded the state record tiger trout.
Organizations & Resources
The states list to the left can direct you to information about
trout fishing in other states.
All About Fishing for Trout in Montana.