Montana Fishing

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Number of Fish Species:  85

State Sportfish:  Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout

Notable Records:  a 16lb cutthroat trout from Red Eagle Lake, a 38lb 12oz. tiger muskie from Deadman’s Basin Reservior, a 17lb 12oz. walleye from Tiber Reservior, an 8lb 13oz. sauger from Fort Peck Reservior.

Fishing Regs:  To download the regs right click, save link as here (Montana Fishing Regs) or visit the site here.

Fishing License Info:  Those 15-61 will need a license to fish.

  Residents Non-Residents
Annual $26.00 $70.00
2-day $13.00 $25.00
10-day N/A $53.50

For more license information click here.

Quickcast:  Montana, lots of mountains and lots of great fishing.  In the Southwest of the state one will find rainbows and browns among others.  Larger than Lake Tahoe, Flathead Lake in the Western part of the state is home to some nice cutthroat, brown and rainbow trout.  Also lurking below are brook and golden trout  as well as pike, yellow perch, kokanee salmon, lake trout, bull trout and bass species.  The Missouri runs through central Montana and is a good place for fishermen to hook into  brown trout primarily but one will find rainbows too.  Moving eastward one will find Fort Peck Reservior.  On this larger body of water anglers can expect walleye, lake trout, smallmouth, northern pike, sauger, saugeye and chinook.  Farther East is the longest river in Montana, the Yellowstone River.  This river attracts fishermen because the upper half will yield nice cutthroat trout, rainbows, whitefish, and brown trout whereas the lower half consistently produces walleye, catfish species and sturgeon.