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Guide to fishing for smallmouth bass, black crappie, walleye, sauger, rainbow trout, brown trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, kokanee salmon and northern pike at Fresno Reservoir in Montana.

Fresno Reservoir, MT

A warm-water fishery which also offers fishing for cold-water fish species, Fresno Reservoir is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Kremlin. This sprawling lake has about 65 miles of shoreline.

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Fresno Reservoir, located in north-central Montana, is a popular fishing destination known for its excellent angling opportunities and beautiful surroundings. This reservoir covers approximately 7,000 acres and offers anglers a variety of fish species to target.

One of the popular fish species found in Fresno Reservoir is walleye. This reservoir is known for its thriving walleye population, making it a favored spot for walleye enthusiasts. Anglers can target walleye using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits, jigging with live bait or artificial lures, or casting near underwater structures. Fresno Reservoir has produced impressive walleye catches, attracting anglers looking for both quantity and quality.

Northern pike is another sought-after species in Fresno Reservoir. These aggressive predators offer an exciting fishing experience and can be caught using techniques such as casting with large spoons, spinners, or jerkbaits. Northern pike in Fresno Reservoir can grow to impressive sizes, providing anglers with memorable battles.

Fresno Reservoir is also home to other fish species, including yellow perch and black crappie. Yellow perch are popular among anglers for their delicious taste and can be caught using small jigs or baited hooks. Black crappie, known for their schooling behavior and sporty fight, can also be targeted using various methods such as casting with small jigs or using live bait.

Anglers visiting Fresno Reservoir should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain the appropriate licenses. It's important to practice responsible fishing, including following catch limits and size restrictions, as well as practicing catch-and-release when necessary, to ensure the sustainability of the fish populations and the preservation of the reservoir's ecosystem.

With its diverse fish species, scenic surroundings, and abundant fishing and boating opportunities, Fresno Reservoir offers anglers a memorable fishing experience in Montana. Whether it's targeting walleye, casting for northern pike, or pursuing other popular fish species, Fresno Reservoir provides an opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the thrill of reeling in some impressive fish.

Much of the shore is accessible for fishing from the bank. Fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, perch and northern pike is at the top of most anglers wish list here. In addition crappie, sauger, trout, sunfish and salmon fishing can be good as well. A public boat launch ramp is open to the public.

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Primary fish species residing in Fresno Reservoir

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Smallmouth bass Black crappie Walleye Sauger Rainbow Trout Brown trout Pumpkinseed Sunfish Yellow Perch Kokanee Salmon Northern Pike

Fresno Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is a popular activity on Fresno Reservoir, and anglers can access the lake using the public boat ramp located on its shores. Boating allows anglers to explore different areas of the reservoir and access prime fishing spots. Whether it's trolling along the reservoir's open waters or navigating near submerged structures, boating enhances the angling experience on Fresno Reservoir.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Fresno Reservoir Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Fresno Reservoir Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping opportunities can be found in the surrounding areas, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the reservoir. Campgrounds offer amenities such as picnic areas, restrooms, and lakeside campsites, providing a comfortable and convenient base for anglers and their families.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Fresno Reservoir Campground - 406 759-5077

Fresno Reservoir MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Fresno Reservoir
Fresno Reservoir Campground
Havre, MT 59501
406 759-5077


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