ishing is a popular recreation on the
Hi-Line, and a cornucopia of opportunities exists for people who live in
the area and people who visit.
An abundance of sites, some privately
owned and some owned by the county,
state or federal government, provide angling for a multitude of both warm and
cold water game fish.
There are many sites, for creek, river
and lake fishing in the area. Regulations
and seasons vary from site to site. Cody
Nagel of the Montana Department of Fish,
Wildlife & Parks in Havre said the office
has a current listing of regulations, including possession limits and where live bait is
Most anglers need two licenses to fish
in Montana — both a conservation license
and a fishing license. A warm water stamp
is needed to fish for warm water species.
Some of the opportunities for lake fishing include the federally managed Fresno
Reservoir west of Havre, which has walleye,
northern pike, yellow perch, crappie and
lake whitefish. There is also the privately
owned Bailey’s Reservoir, south of Kremlin,
with northern pike, crappie, yellow perch
South of Havre in the Bear's Paw
Mountains, the county-owned Beaver Creek
Reservoir has rainbow, brown, brook and
cutthroat trout as well as yellow perch, walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass.
Farther south at Bear Paw Lake, a FWP
location, there are rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, walleye and smallmouth bass.
A few miles more to the south in Normandy
Coulee is Rotary Pond, a county-owned
location, where anglers can find rainbow
and brook trout.
Reser Reservoir northwest of Chinook,
a federal location, offers yellow perch and
bluegill. North Faber Reservoir east of
Chinook and just north of U.S. Highway 2,
also a federal location, has rainbow trout
and has rebounded from a low water level
last year. The levels this spring were good.
South of Chinook, and just north of
Lloyd, the privately owned Grasshopper
Reservoir has rainbow trout.
Privately owned Ross Reservoir, west
of Lloyd, is open the third Saturday in May
through Nov. 30, and has cutthroat trout.
Faber Reservoir, just south east of
Cleveland, is managed by
FWP and has rainbow trout.
Cow Creek Reservoir, about 15 miles
south of Lloyd, has tiger muskie, walleye,
channel catfish and yellow perch.
Stream and river fishing in the area
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