Fishing Report Updated May 2, 2022

This report for public lakes in Montana is valid from May 2 until late May.

Look for false-spawning stocked trout on windswept rocky areas on all lakes, especially where the stocking trucks dumped them (near boat ramps, usually). Lakes with natural inflow will probably have good numbers of trout as well, some stocked and some wild. Fish streamers, leeches, and chironomid pupae. Hatches will improve on some lakes in late May and early June.

High-elevation lakes including Hebgen remain frozen, though the first run of warm weather will melt out those under 7500 feet, including Hebgen.

Most lakes will get a lot more interesting when area rivers start to blow out due to spring melt, not least because they’ll be warm enough to be prime just as the rivers get too muddy to be prime.

We are getting a new-to-us power boat sometime this spring and hope to have it modified in time to do some lake fishing in June, though we won’t be offering guided trips with it this season.

Learn more about fishing Montana public lakes.