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  1. Default Looking to go to Montana

    Hey guys,

    A couple friends and I are looking to head to Montana this spring. We are looking for some good lakes where you can boat and that has all sorts of different trout and other warm water fish. Do any of you guys have any suggestions? Lodging and guides? Any info would help! I wish they could do rivers. Due to knee issues, my friends can only do boat fishing.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Looking to go to Montana

    Why not check out the Missouri river in Craig, MT? I am about 99% sure you can rent drift boats out there from the shops, and the fishing is second to none. Plus, it's a tailwater fishery so water levels are pretty constant. If the river isn't your thing, the reservoir is right there for you to do your thing in too.

    Legit chances at 20" fish, and as fun as it gets if you're interested in fishing dries. I've never seen fish rise like they do on the Missouri. It's simply incredible.

    If your interested, I'd give Headhunters Fly Shop, The Trout Shop, or Cross Currents a call.

    If camping isn't there are some cheap trailers in town that you can rent out. Aside from those, I'm sure there are houses for rent in the area too. VRBO.com is always a good option to look for rentals in a certain area.

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    Georgetown Lake might be a cool place to go, I know they have a lot of big rainbows but can't speak for the warmwater species (they will have guides for there also, look that up on the internet. It is also in a cool area, take Skalkaho Highway (38) to Hamilton it's a good dirt road with breathtaking scenery. Another cool road is going North on Highway 1, there is some good stream fishing but check regulations first. I am sure others will have some good ideas too.

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    Default Re: Looking to go to Montana

    Lots of prior posts on fishing in Montana (search function above); just remember its one hell of a big State. Pick your area and stay in side of same ....

    Other thing (which I'm always reminding folks) is Petrol Stations can be few and far between. Keep your car fueled up!!
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    Default Re: Looking to go to Montana

    You might look into Hebgen Lake

    Close to the park, lots of things to do there, lots of fishing possibilities

    You might give these guys a call:

    Blue Ribbon Flies - Hebgen Lake Trips

    Really depends on what you call spring...
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    Default Re: Looking to go to Montana

    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    You might look into Hebgen Lake

    Close to the park, lots of things to do there, lots of fishing possibilities

    You might give these guys a call:

    Blue Ribbon Flies - Hebgen Lake Trips

    Really depends on what you call spring...
    +1 for what Dave recommended. The marina on the north shore has boat rentals and cabin rentals. Not sure about the marina on the south shore, but just guessing it probably does also. For a change of pace you would be close to Henry's Lake.

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    Default Re: Looking to go to Montana

    A lot of good recommendations.

    I assume you are driving and pulling a boat; which direction are you coming from? I ask because Montana is a huge state, you can drive for 8 hours in one direction...and still be in Montana!

    Clark Canyon Reservoir in SW Montana is excellent trout fishing, not sure about warm water.

    I liked the Craig, Montana suggestion. Holter Dam is there, above it is Holter Lake with warm water species and trout. The 10 miles of Missouri River below the dam is some of the best trout fishing in the West.

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    If you are hardware fishermen, don't over look Fort Peck Lake in the far NE nether regions of Montana. It's huge and holds a lot of species of warm and cold water fish, from salmon to walleye, bass, lake trout, pike...

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    You said you're looking for a lake with trout and warm water fish. Not many have both. Also bear in mind that ice-out ranges from sometime in April to sometime in May depending on where we're talking about. Hebgen doesn't usually ice-out until mid-May.

    If you want warmwater fish, Tongue River Reservoir is good if you have an outboard-powered boat. If you just have an electric motor or oars, Castle Rock Lake near Colstrip is a blast in late May for surprisingly big bluegill for Montana as well as bass and small pike.

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    Any of the reservoirs that are part of the Missouri River (Helena) would be a great place to check out. You have Canyon Ferry, Hauser, and Holter. Perfect if you have a boat with a motor. I know people pull big Walleyes out of Canyon along with your typical big Rainbows too. I just moved here a few months ago and it's great fishing!

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