Fishing Hot Spots In Central Montana

Ackley Lake: Located about 23 miles southwest of Lewistown, near Hobson. This man-made lake is stocked yearly and offers excellent rainbow and brown trout fishing. Take U.S. 87 for 20.7 miles west to Hobson, and follow the signs. Boating permitted and and over-night camp- ing spots are available.

Beaver Creek: A local creek just west of Lewistown known for its trout fishing.

Big Spring Creek: This blue ribbon trout stream flows north from the Big Springs, through the center of Lewistown and empties into the Judith River, then into the Missouri River. Fishing is available year round.

Casino Creek Reservoir: 1.5 miles south of Lewis- town on Casino Creek Road. Rainbow trout and walleye fishing.

Cottonwood Creek: One of the smaller local creeks just west of Lewistown known for its trout fishing.

Crystal Lake:
Stocked annually. Scenic mountain area around a 40- acre lake. Excellent boating, fishing and camping area. Located 35 miles southwest of Lewistown.

East Fork Dam: Located about 11 miles southeast of Lewistown near Allied Steel (the former U.S. Gypsum Plant) at Heath. Take Route 238 out of Lewistown. Perch and northern pike fishing. Ice fishing during the winter months.

Fort Peck Reservoir:
Excellent fishing for walleye and northern. The nearest developed access point is Hell Creek Marina, north of Jordan.

Fred Robinson Bridge/Missouri River: 65 miles north of Lewistown on Highway 191 going to Malta. Excellent fishing on the Missouri River for walleye, sauger, northern pike, channel catfish, stur- geon and paddlefish.

Hanson Creek Dam:
Located about eight miles south of Lewistown, one mile beyond the Montana State Fish Hatchery. Ice fishing during the winter months. Good rainbow trout fishing.

Judith River:
Northwest of Lewistown, the Judith River is home to both rainbow and brown trout as well as some catfish.

Little Belt Mountains:
Located 43 miles west of Lewis- town above Utica. Travel west to Hobson, then to Utica and travel several miles of gravel to the south fork of the Judith River. Choose your spot on the river and fish for fresh water trout.

Petrolia Reservoir:
Located southeast of Winnett in Petroleum County, this reservoir offers walleye, pike and perch fishing.

Upper and Lower Carter’s Pond: Located about 6.5 miles north of Lewistown. Take U.S. 191 north of Lewistown about 6.5 miles. The area is marked with signs. Ice fishing in winter months.

Warm Spring Creek: Located north of Lewistown near Brooks is the haven for rainbow and brown trout and some small mouth bass.

Be sure to check with the local sporting goods stores for more information about current fishing activity.

Kids Fishing Day

Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosts an annual Kids Fishing Day in June at local fishing holes, such as the Frog Ponds and Casino Creek Reservoir. The free fishing day includes lunch, fish identification, casting, water safety, prizes and more.

Also check : Fort Peck is the Place to go for Big Walleyes