Fort Peck Reservoir

Glasgow, Montana

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The waters of eastern Montana are often confounding and mystifying to anglers from other states as well as to native Montanans raised near the crystal clear, cold streams west of the Continental Divide. Created by the construction of Fort Peck Dam in 1940, the reservoir extends upstream over 135 miles and has a surface area of over 250,000 acres. But appearances are deceiving, and even though it has slowed down to a crawl by the time it passes under the Fred Robinson Bridge, just west of the defined limit of Fort Peck Reservoir, the Missouri is less like the staid and stolid warm-water fisheries of its midwest cousins than it appears. Northern pike, walleye, lake trout, sauger, channel catfish, paddlefish, burbot, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, a few smallmouth bass, and, yes, even an occasional rainbow trout all live here, along with a host of nongame fish such as carp and a variety of suckers.
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Fishing Montana

by Michael Sample (Falcon Guides)

The waters of eastern Montana are often confounding and mystifying to anglers from other states as well as to native Montanans raised near the crystal clear, cold streams west of the Continental Divide.

Created by the construction of Fort Peck Dam in 1940, the reservoir extends upstream over 135 miles and has a surface area of over 250,000 acres. But appearances are deceiving, and even though it has slowed down to a crawl by the time it passes under the Fred Robinson Bridge, just west of the defined limit of Fort Peck Reservoir, the Missouri is less like the staid and stolid warm-water fisheries of its midwest cousins than it appears.

Northern pike, walleye, lake trout, sauger, channel catfish, paddlefish, burbot, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, a few smallmouth bass, and, yes, even an occasional rainbow trout all live here, along with a host of nongame fish such as carp and a variety of suckers.

©  Michael Sample/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Glasgow
Local Contacts: Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge; UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: DeLorme Montana Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Peck Reservoir

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