Fishing the bountiful waters of Central Montana

Wet your line in any one of the beautiful waterways of Central Montana. Tease the trout in Big Spring Creek near Lewistown, or the Missouri and Smith Rivers near Great Falls. Pursue the pike and perch in Fresno Reservoir near Havre, Lake Elwell near Shelby, Chester and Conrad and Lake Frances near Valier. Puzzle over the paddlefish…that living fossil inhabiting the Missouri River from Great Falls to Fort Peck Reservoir.

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Fly Fishing in Central Montana

Central Montana is excellent walleye country. To read more, and watch videos, see our special Central Montana Walleye Trail feature.

Click a number on the map below to view fish species and facilities information for each location in the table below the map. Click the location name in the tables below for more detailed contact and facilities information and driving directions.

Missouri River Musselshell River Hound Creek Sheep Creek Smith River Newlan Creek Reservoir Lake Sutherlin Bair Reservoir Martinsdale Reservoir Deadman's Basin Reservoir Crystal Lake Petrolia Reservoir Warm Springs Creek Big Spring Creek Judith River Ackley Lake Missouri River Belt Creek Split Rock Lake Piskun Reservoir Eureka Reservoir Teton River Bynum Reservoir Lake Frances Tiber Reservoir Marias River Faber Reservoir Grasshopper Reservoir Bearpaw Lake Beaver Creek Reservoir Bailey Reservoir Reser Reservoir Fresno Reservoir Beaver Creek
COLDWATER SPECIES WARMWATER SPECIES FACILITIES

RIVERS AND STREAMS

Map Number Brook Trout Mountain Whitefish Lake Whitefish Golden Trout Cutthroat Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Kokanee Salmon Bull Trout Lake Trout Arctic Grayling Burbot Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleye Sauger Northern Pike Shovelnose Sturgeon Channel Catfish Yellow Perch Crappie Paddlefish Vehicle Access Campgrounds Toilets Docks Boat Ramps Motor Restrictions
Beaver Creek 1
Belt Creek 2
Big Spring Creek 3
Hound Creek 4
Judith River 5
Marias River 6
Milk River 7
Missouri River 8
Musselshell River 9
Sheep Creek 10
Smith River 11
Teton River 12
Warm Springs Creek 13

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  COLDWATER SPECIES WARMWATER SPECIES FACILITIES

LAKES AND RESERVOIRS

Map Number Brook Trout Mountain Whitefish Lake Whitefish Golden Trout Cutthroat Trout Brown Trout Rainbow Trout Kokanee Salmon Bull Trout Lake Trout Arctic Grayling Burbot Largemouth Bass Smallmouth Bass Walleye Sauger Northern Pike Shovelnose Sturgeon Channel Catfish Yellow Perch Crappie Paddlefish Vehicle Access Campgrounds Toilets Docks Boat Ramps Motor Restrictions
Ackley Lake 14
Bailey Reservoir 15
Bair Reservoir 16
Bearpaw Lake 17
Beaver Creek Reservoir 18
Bynum Reservoir 19
Crystal Lake 20
Deadman’s Basin Reservoir 21
Eureka Reservoir 22
Faber Reservoir 23
Fresno Reservoir 24
Grasshopper Reservoir 25
Lake Frances 26
Lake Sutherlin 27
Martinsdale Reservoir 28
Newlan Creek Reservoir 29
Petrolia Reservoir 30
Pishkun Reservoir 31
Reser Reservoir 32
Split Rock Lake 33
Tiber Reservoir 34

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