Fishing Report Updated September 10, 2023

This report is valid September 10 through September.

Montana public lakes are starting to turn on as they cool. For now the main action is with spinning tackle for kokanee salmon in those lakes that hold these tasty landlocked sockeye. Soon it’ll be snagging season for these guys. It’s legal, and it’s a good way to “gather meat” if not exactly to fish.

We’ll be fishing some lakes in early October for pike. You’re looking at a 3+ hour drive for top-shelf pike fishing around here, though there are getting to be more and more in Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter Reservoirs. We still haven’t decided if we’re going to Fort Peck Lake (a bit clench-inducing with our little jon boat) or to smaller lakes near Kalispell.

Learn more about fishing Montana public lakes.