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Guide to fishing for walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout, yellow perch and kokanee salmon at Hauser Lake in Montana.

Hauser Lake, MT

Hauser Dam on on the Missouri River created Hauser Lake, a 3,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Helena. It is a great getaway for boating, camping and fishing.

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Hauser Lake, located in southwestern Montana, is a popular fishing destination known for its serene atmosphere and excellent fishing opportunities. This reservoir spans over 3,000 acres and offers anglers a diverse range of fish species to target.

One of the popular fish species found in Hauser Lake is the rainbow trout. The lake is known for its healthy population of rainbow trout, both stocked and wild. Anglers can target rainbow trout using various techniques such as fly fishing, spin fishing, or bait fishing. Hauser Lake provides ample shoreline access and boat fishing opportunities, allowing anglers to explore different areas of the lake and find their preferred fishing spots.

Walleye is another sought-after species in Hauser Lake. These prized game fish offer a thrilling fishing experience and can be targeted using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits, jigging with live bait or artificial lures, or casting near underwater structures. Hauser Lake has produced impressive walleye catches, attracting anglers looking for both quantity and quality.

Hauser Lake also supports populations of other fish species such as smallmouth bass, northern pike, and yellow perch. Smallmouth bass provide an exciting fight and can be caught using techniques such as casting with jigs, crankbaits, or topwater lures. Northern pike, known for their aggressive nature and impressive size, offer anglers a chance to test their skills. Yellow perch, known for their delicious taste, can be caught using small jigs or baited hooks.

Anglers visiting Hauser Lake should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain the appropriate licenses. It's important to follow catch limits, size restrictions, and specific rules regarding certain fish species to ensure the sustainability of the fish populations and the preservation of the lake's ecosystem.

With its tranquil setting, diverse fish species, and excellent fishing and boating opportunities, Hauser Lake offers anglers a memorable fishing experience in Montana. Whether it's targeting rainbow trout, pursuing walleye, or casting for other popular fish species, Hauser Lake provides a scenic and rewarding angling adventure amidst the beauty of Montana's landscapes.

Avid fishing enthusiasts come for great walleye, trout, perch and kokanee fishing. There are about 35 miles of scenic shoreline, and everything you need to make your fishing trip memorable. Visitors will find boat ramps, rental boats, stores, fishing gear, camping and restaurants conveniently located around the lake. Hauser Lake State Park, Black Sandy State Park and Riverside Campground all make a great headquarters during your stay.

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Primary fish species residing in Hauser Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Walleye Rainbow Trout Cutthroat Trout Brook Trout Brown trout Yellow Perch Kokanee Salmon

Hauser Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Hauser Lake, and anglers can launch their boats from the public boat ramps available. The lake allows for motorized boats, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas of the reservoir and access prime fishing spots. Whether it's trolling for walleye, casting for bass, or cruising along the picturesque shoreline, boating enhances the overall fishing experience on Hauser Lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Helena Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
406 439-1183

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Clark's Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off York Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Devils Elbow Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off York Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Riverside Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, east side, off Riverside Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

White Sandy Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, west side, off Hauser Dam Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Lakeside Marina
5295 York Road
Helena MT 59602
406 227‐6076

Click here for a Montana Fishing License.

Camping facilities can be found near Hauser Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the beauty of the surrounding area. Campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, making it convenient for anglers and their families to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Devil's Elbow Campground - 406 533-7600

Riverside Campground - 406 475-3921

Hauser Lake MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Hauser Lake
Devil's Elbow Campground
5988 York Rd
Helena, MT 59602
406 533-7600


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