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Montana Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for coho and kokanee salmon in MT.

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Salmon fishing in Montana

There is a nice variety of salmon fishing in MT. Several major lakes including Ashley Lake, Fort Peck Lake, Fresno Reservoir, Georgetown Lake, Hauser Lake, Holter Reservoir, Lake Helena, Lake Koocanusa, McDonald Lake, Noxon Reservoir and Seeley Lake all have populations of salmon. Also try your luck in the tributary rivers that flow into or out of these lakes.

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

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

The Montana state record chinook salmon (king) and coho salmon both were caught out of Fort Peck Reservoir. The state record kokanee salmon was pulled from Hauser Lake.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Montana Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.


Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Montana salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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