Fort Peck is the Place to go for Big Walleyes

Although water levels slowly recovering on Fort Peck Lake, Central Montana anglers can still find plenty of big walleyes in Montana’s largest reservoir.

In the May 2003 issue of Field and Stream magazine, Fort Peck was listed as one of “The 25 hottest spots in America.” The notoriety comes with good reason. The sprawling reservoir offers walleye anglers one of the best opportunities around for a shot at a trophy walleye in the 8-pound and larger class.

Walleye may be the glamour fish of Fort Peck, but they’re certainly not the only fish. In fact, there are some anglers who don’t even target walleye at all. Instead, they look for smallmouth bass, Chinook salm-on, lake trout or one of the many other species available in the reservoir.

In good years, access to Fort Peck can be gained at any one of nine major access points, as well as a handful of smaller, less developed sites. Crooked Creek Recreation Area, 100 miles northeast of Lewistown, is the closest access for most Central Montanans. However, this year, like the last several years, the boat ramp there will be unusable because of low water levels.

Hell Creek and Devil’s Creek are the closest options for lo-cal anglers. Hell Creek is a state park, complete with camp-grounds, a store, gas and other amenities. The road north of Jordan covers 25 miles of gravel. Devil’s Creek, north of Sand Springs, is another option, though more primitive than the others.

Before traveling to Fort Peck, anglers are urged to check in with the Corps of Engineers at Fort Peck to see if the ramp they are planning to use will be accessible. The phone number for the Corps’ Fort Peck Lake office is 526-3411.