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  • 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

Fishing Boats For Rent In Montana

The state of Montana offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the world. It is a fishing paradise set in a land of spectacular, natural beauty. Find excellent fishing for trout, salmon, bass, walleye, crappie and more. We focus here on the major lakes in Montana. Additionally you may also find excellent fishing on smaller lakes, ponds and streams. Some of the best fishing rivers in MT include the Madison River, Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, Boulder River, The Missouri River, Stillwater River and many, many more.

Fly Fishinf For Trout In A Montana Stream

Here in the great outdoors of Montana, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, golden trout, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white bass, yellow perch, coho salmon, kokanee salmon, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. In winter, many of these species are able to be taken while ice fishing.

Major Montana Lakes

Montana major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major angling destinations, cross referencing these waters with the major species to be found in each of the lakes or reservoirs. Many of these lakes offer fishing boats for rent.

For a detailed list of primary fish species in MT, plus state fish records, see the list below.

Lakes, sizes and locations in the state.

Fly Fishing for Trout

Ashley Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 8 miles west of Kalispell.

Bull Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 10 miles south of Troy.

Canyon Ferry Lake is a 33,500-acre lake located in the west-central part of the state, at Townsend.

Clark Canyon Reservoir is a 4,800-acre lake in the southwest corner of the state, 15 miles south of Dillon.

Deadmans Basin Reservoir is a 2,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Shawmut.

Flathead Lake is a 128,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Polson.

Fort Peck Lake is a 250,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Fort Peck.

Fresno Reservoir is a 3,200-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Kremlin.

Georgetown Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, 12 miles west of Anaconda.

Gibson Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the central part of the state, 15 miles northwest of Augusta.

Hauser Lake is a 3,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Helena.

Hebgen Lake is a 11,000-acre lake in the southeast corner of the state, 3 miles north of West Yellowstone.

Holter Reservoir is a 4,800-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Wolf Creek.

Hungry Horse Reservoir is a 23,500-acre lake located in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles east of Columbia Falls.

Lake Frances is a 3,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Valier.

Lake Helena is a 2,100-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, on the northeast outskirts of Helena.

Lake Koocanusa is a 28,800-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Rexford.

Lower Saint Mary Lake is a 3,900-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Babb.

McDonald Lake is a 6,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at West Glacier.

Nelson Reservoir is a 4,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles west of Saco.

Noxon Reservoir is a 6,100-acre lake in the west-center part of the state, at Trout Creek.

Placid Lake is a 1,200-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Placid Lake State Park.

Seeley Lake is a 1,000-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Seeley Lake.

Tiber Reservoir, aka Lake Elwell,is a 14,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles south of Galata.

Whitefish Lake is a 3,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Whitefish.

Willow Creek Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the west-central part of the state, at Augusta.

Fish Species & State Records in Montana

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 8.80 lbs

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7.5 lbs

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 35.18 lbs

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 3.13 lbs

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3.68 lbs

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 17.75 lbs

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 8.805 lbs

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 15.66 lbs

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 33.1 lbs

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 16.0 lbs

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 9.06 lbs

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 29.0 lbs

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 42.69 lbs

Golden Trout

Golden trout

World record: 11 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 5.43 lbs

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 2.64 lbs

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.2 lbs

State Record: 0.84 lbs

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 0.96 lbs

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1.31 lbs

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

State Record: 2.8 lbs

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2.39 lbs

Salmon

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 31.13 lbs

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

State Record: 4.88 lbs

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 7.85 lbs

Other species

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 37.5 lbs

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

State Record: 142.5 lbs

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

State Record: 96.0 lbs

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 38.75 lbs

Click the images and links above for species details.

Lake McDonald in Montana

MT Boats For Fishing

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Montana.

State of MT Fishing Information

Click here to obtain a Montana Fishing License. For more information about fishing in Montana, visit the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website.

Bass fishing book

Fish for big bass

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers.

 

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