Ashley Lake

Kalispell, Montana 59901

Ashley Lake

Ashley Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Ashley Lake, a large, 3,200-acre lake, achieved notoriety in the early 1980s by yielding the state and world record hybrid rainbow-cutthroat trout. In May 1982, Pat Kelly threw a small lure and a night crawler on an 8-pound test line into the lake. After a 45-minute fight he landed the 30-pound, 4-ounce record rainbow-cutthroat hybrid trout. The fish was 35.75 inches long and 27.5 inches around.

The lake also produced the state record pygmy whitefish, a whopping 0.16 pound bruiser landed in 1982 by Orlin Iverson. In 1988, Vernon Schmidt caught the state record Yellow perch at 2.37 pounds out of the lake. The cutthroat/rainbow hybrid strain was brought up from Georgetown Lake thirty to forty years ago, and though the fish aren’t plentiful, conditions are ideal for prolonged life and growth. They do spawn in a few local streams, so anglers can continue to search the lake for these lunkers and hope for another record breaker. Although big fish have brought Ashley Lake to prominence, there are other unique features that make this lake a popular recreation spot."

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Ashley Lake State Park
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Nov 2018