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Montana Fishing Areas

Angling Destinations Weather Fish Species
June 13 2024


Montana Fishing Areas


Montana is a paradise for anglers with its abundant rivers, lakes, and streams. Some of the popular fishing destinations in the state include the Yellowstone River, Missouri River, Bighorn River, Gallatin River, and Madison River. These rivers offer opportunities to catch trout, whitefish, bass, and pike.

The best time to fish in Montana depends on the season. The spring and fall offer good fishing opportunities with cooler temperatures, while summer is a popular time for fly fishing. The average temperature in the summer is around 70-80°F. Winter fishing is also possible in some areas, but anglers should be prepared for icy conditions.

Fly fishing is a popular method for catching trout in Montana, and anglers can use a variety of flies such as dry flies, nymphs, and streamers. Spin fishing with baits such as worms, salmon eggs, and lures is also effective.

Montana is home to some impressive fishing facts. The state's Trout Capital is West Yellowstone, and the world-record brown trout, weighing in at over 40 pounds, was caught in Montana's Beaverhead River. The state also has a law that requires anglers to release any fish caught with a hook smaller than size 10.

In summary, Montana offers some of the best angling opportunities in the country, with various species of fish and fishing techniques available. Whether you prefer fly fishing or spin fishing, there is something for everyone in this beautiful state.

Location State Fish Habitat
Abbot Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Abbot Lake
Montana Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Northern Pikeminnow
Absaroka
Montana
Ackley Lake Feeder Canal
Montana
Albino Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Aldous Lake
Montana
Alice Creek
Montana Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Almeda Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Als Coulee Reservoir
Montana Rainbow Trout
Alvord Lake
Montana Largemouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Anita Reservoir
Montana Largemouth Bass, Bigmouth Buffalo, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Anvil Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Arapooish Pond
Montana Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Rainbow Trout
Arch Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Arnolds Pond
Montana Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Arrastra Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Ashley Creek
Montana
Ashley Lake
Montana Yellow Perch, Sockeye Salmon, Cutthroat Trout
Asteroid Lake
Montana Golden Trout
Axolotl Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Bad Canyon Creek
Montana Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Badger Bay Fishing Access
Montana
Bair Reservoir
Montana Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Baldy Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Baree Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Basin Creek Lake
Montana Golden Trout
Bass Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Battle Creek
Montana Smallmouth Bass, Black Bullhead, Common Carp, White Perch, Northern Pike, Shorthead Redhorse, Sauger, Tautog, Walleye
Beaver Lodge
Montana
Beehive Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Belmont Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Belt Creek
Montana Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Berry Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Beta Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Big Elk Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Big Hawk Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Big Lake
Montana Rainbow Trout
Big Lake Creek
Montana Burbot, Arctic Grayling, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Big Pipestone Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Big Salmon Creek
Montana Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Big Salmon Lake
Montana Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout
Big Therriault Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Big Timber Creek
Montana Common Carp, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Bighorn Lake
Montana
Birch Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Bison Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Bitterroot River
Montana Largemouth Bass, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Northern Pikeminnow
Black Lion Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Blackfoot Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Blackfoot River
Montana Yellow Perch, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pikeminnow
Blacktail Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Blaine Spring Creek
Montana Shorthead Redhorse, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Blair Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Blanchard Lake
Montana Yellow Perch, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Sockeye Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pikeminnow
Blodgett Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Blue Danube Lake
Montana Golden Trout
Blue Joint Creek
Montana Shorthead Redhorse, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Blue Paradise Lake
Montana Golden Trout, Rainbow Trout
Bluebird Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Bluewater Spring
Montana
Bonanza Lakes
Montana Brook Trout
Bootjack Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Boulder Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Boulder River
Montana Shorthead Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Bowback Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Bowman Creek
Montana Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Bozeman Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Brackett Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Branham Lakes
Montana Brook Trout
Brannan Lakes
Montana Rainbow Trout
Bratten Fishing Access
Montana
Bridge Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Bridger
Montana
Bridger Bend
Montana
Bridger Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Broadview Pond
Montana Largemouth Bass, Tautog, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Buffalo Jump
Montana
Buffalo Mirage
Montana
Bull Springs
Montana
Bundy Bridge
Montana
Burnt Fork Bitterroot River
Montana Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pikeminnow
Burnt Fork Lake
Montana Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Campfire Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Canyon Ferry Lake
Montana Burbot, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
Cardwell Bridge Fishing Access Site
Montana
Cascade Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Castle Rock
Montana
Cataract Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Chilled Lakes
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Chrome Lake
Montana Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout
Clarks Fork Yellowstone
Montana
Cliff Swallow
Montana
Comers Point Fishing Access
Montana
Cooney Reservoir
Montana Burbot, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Tautog, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Mountain Whitefish
Cottonwood Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Courthouse Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Crazy Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Crow Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Dailey Lake
Montana Yellow Perch, Silver Redhorse, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye
Davis Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Deadmans Basin Reservoir
Montana Smallmouth Bass, Burbot, Common Carp, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Tiger Muskellunge, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Sockeye Salmon, Green Sunfish, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Whitefish, Mountain Whitefish
Dearborn River
Montana Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Deep Creek Fishing Access
Montana
Deep Creek (Upper Missouri Drainage)
Montana
Delmoe Lake
Montana
Depuy Spring Creek
Montana
Dipping Vat Pond
Montana
Druckmiller Lake
Montana Rainbow Trout
Dry Creek-Krezelok Reservoir
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Dry Fork Belt Creek
Montana
Dry Wolf Creek
Montana
Dryad Lake
Montana Golden Trout
Duck Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Duck Creek Bridge
Montana
Duck Creek (Upper Missouri Drainage)
Montana
Dude Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Eagles Nest Day Use Area
Montana
East Bridge
Montana
East Fork Boulder River
Montana
East Fork Cottonwood Creek
Montana
East Fork Hyalite Creek
Montana
East Fork Spring Creek
Montana
East Gallatin River
Montana
East Rosebud Creek
Montana
Emerald Lake Fishing Access
Montana
Ennis Fishing Access
Montana
Fairy Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Fairy Pond
Montana
Fireman's Point
Montana
Fish And Game Headquarters Pond 1
Montana
Flagstaff Reservoir
Montana
Glenwood Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Green Canyon Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout
Grey Bear
Montana
Gritty Stone
Montana
Hauser Reservoir
Montana
Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir
Montana
Hells Canyon Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Highwood Creek
Montana
Holmgren Ranch
Montana
Homestead Isle
Montana
Horse Creek
Montana
Horsethief Station
Montana
Hot Springs Creek
Montana
Hound Creek
Montana
Hyalite Creek
Montana Arctic Grayling, Silver Redhorse, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
Indian Creek
Montana Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Indian Fort
Montana
Jackson Creek
Montana
Jakes Reservoir
Montana
Jefferson Creek
Montana
Jefferson Slough
Montana
Jeffrey's Landing
Montana
Jumping Creek
Montana
Keyser Creek
Montana
Lake Abundance
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Lake Agnes
Montana Arctic Grayling
Lake Alva
Montana Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Shorthead Redhorse, Silver Redhorse, Sockeye Salmon, Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Lake Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Northern Pikeminnow
Lake Blaine
Montana Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Shorthead Redhorse, Sockeye Salmon, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Northern Pikeminnow
Leslie Lake
Montana Cutthroat Trout
Little Boulder River
Montana
Little Pipestone Creek
Montana Brook Trout
Little Prickly Pear Creek
Montana
Little Whitetail Creek
Montana Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
Logging Creek
Montana
Lost Fork
Montana
Lower Hansen Reservoir
Montana
Mayor's Landing
Montana
Mccartney Creek
Montana
Middle Fork Judith River
Montana
Missouri River Fishing Access Site
Montana
Moraine
Montana
Mountain Goat Lake
Montana
Musselshell River
Montana
Newlan Creek
Montana
Newlan Reservoir
Montana Rainbow Trout
North Fork Musselshell River
Montana
North Fork Smith River
Montana
Panton Coulee Reservoir
Montana
Park Lake
Montana
Petty Creek Fishing Access
Montana
Prickly Pear Creek
Montana Silver Redhorse, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Walleye, Apache Trout
Rattlesnake Creek
Montana Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Red Bridge Fishing Access
Montana
Reservoir Number 161
Montana
River Junction Fishing Access
Montana
Rock Creek (Smith Drainage)
Montana
Rosebud Isle
Montana
Ruby River
Montana
Running Wolf Creek
Montana
Sage Creek (Judith Drainage)
Montana
Sheep Creek (Smith Drainage)
Montana
Shonkin Creek
Montana
Silver Creek
Montana
South Hills
Montana
Spotted Bear Compound Day Use Site Fishing Site
Montana
Spring Meadow Lake
Montana
St. John's Fishing Access Site
Montana
Stewart Lake Picnic Area
Montana
Sun River Slope Canal
Montana

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