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Best Montana Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Canyon Ferry Lake, Flathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Georgetown Lake, Hebgen Lake, Holter Reservoir and Lake Koocanusa are the most popular places for fishing in Montana, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Canyon Ferry Lake, MT
  • Flathead Lake, MT
  • Fort Peck Lake, MT
  • Georgetown Lake, MT
  • Hebgen Lake, MT
  • Holter Reservoir, MT
  • Lake Koocanusa, MT
Best Bass Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Canyon Ferry Lake, Castle Rock Reservoir, Dan Hanghian Reservoir, Fort Peck Lake, Gartside Reservoir, Georgetown Lake and Holter Reservoi are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Flathead Lake and Nelson Reservoir are favorite, large-lake options for channel catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Fort Peck Lake and Nelson Reservoir are the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Bighorn Lake, Canyon Ferry Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Lake Koocanusa and Nelson Reservoir are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Holter Reservoir, Lake Helena and Nelson Reservoir are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Canyon Ferry Lake, Flathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Georgetown Lake, Hebgen Lake, Holter Reservoir and Lake Koocanusa and Nelson Reservoir are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in MT.

Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Holter Reservoir and Lake Koocanusa are the most popular lakes for atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the Montana fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the Montana map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in MT at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

Best Fishing Lakes By State.