Fishing Report Updated July 16, 2022

This report for public lakes in Montana is valid from July 16 through Labor Day.

Unless you plan to fish for carp or cool-water fish like perch and walleye, the low-elevation lakes within our operations area are now poor choices until sometime in September.

Large reservoirs at high elevation outside our ops area like Hebgen are now very good choices, but we suggest talking to shops nearby rather than relying on our opinion when we’re 2.5+ hours from any such lakes.

Small lakes and ponds at high elevation are now excellent choices. Leeches, small soft hackles, small flashy streamers, Callibaetis mayflies, and chironomids may all work depending on the lake. The downer? Most such lakes are a several-mile hike off the road.

Learn more about fishing Montana public lakes.