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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, Lake Elwell-Tiber Reservoir, Lake Koocanusa and Tongue River Reservoir are some of the most popular places for fishing in Montana, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species. Many of these lakes present an excellent opportunity for ice fishing in winter.

  • Ashley Lake, MT
  • Canyon Ferry Lake, MT
  • Clark Canyon Reservoir, MT
  • Earthquake Lake, MT
  • Flathead Lake, MT
  • Fort Peck Lake, MT
  • Fresno Reservoir, MT
  • Georgetown Lake, MT
  • Hauser Lake, MT
  • Hebgen Lake, MT
  • Holter Reservoir, MT
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir, MT
  • Lake Elwell, MT
  • Lake Frances, MT
  • Lake Koocanusa, MT
  • Lower Saint Mary Lake, MT
  • McDonald Lake, MT
  • Nelson Reservoir, MT
  • Noxon Reservoir, MT
  • Swan Lake, MT
  • Tongue River Reservoir, MT
  • Whitefish Lake, MT
Bass Lakes

Canyon Ferry Lake, Castle Rock Reservoir, Dan Hanghian Reservoir, Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Gartside Reservoir, Georgetown Lake, Holter Reservoir, Noxon Reservoir and Tongue River Reservoir are considered the good options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

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

Crappie Lakes

Fort Peck Lake, Nelson Reservoir and Tongue River Reservoir are the most popular for black or white crappie. More...

Sunfish, Perch & Panfish Lakes

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

Walleye Lakes

Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Holter Reservoir, Hauser Lake, Lake Elwell-Tiber Reservoir, Lake Frances, Lake Helena and Nelson Reservoir are considered some of the top locations for walleye fishing. More...

Trout Lakes

Ashley Lake, Canyon Ferry Lake, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Earthquake Lake, Flathead Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Georgetown Lake, Hebgen Lake, Holter Reservoir, Hungry Horse Reservoir, Lake Elwell-Tiber Reservoir, Lake Koocanusa, Lower Saint Mary Lake, McDonald Lake, Nelson Reservoir, Swan Lake and Whitefish Lake are the favorite options for rainbow, cutthroat, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Salmon Lakes

Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Hauser Lake, Holter Reservoir, Lake Koocanusa, McDonald Lake and Swan Lake are the most popular 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 destinations 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 destinations in the state.

 

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