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Family Fishing Waters in Region 5

Big Timber Area

Trout Lake

  • Location: South of Big Timber.
  • Fish Species: cutthroat trout
  • Helpful Hints: Half a mile south of the Four Mile Guard Station - small pond.

Billings Area

Anita Reservoir

  • Location: 4 miles south of Pompeys Pillar.
  • Fish Species: bass, crappie, and channel catfish
  • Helpful Hints: Owned by Huntley Irrigation district; has good public access.

Arapooish Pond

  • Location: Hardin
  • Fish Species: bass
  • Helpful Hints: Includes access to the Bighorn River. No boat motors allowed.

Broadview Pond

  • Location: North edge of Broadview.
  • Fish Species: bass and trout
  • Helpful Hints: Pond workings improved by Montana Pikemasters.

Chief Joseph Lake

  • Location: Harlowton City Park.
  • Fish Species: rainbow
  • Helpful Hints: Short walk from campground - flies work well.

Lake Elmo

  • Location: Billings Heights - Lake Elmo State Park.
  • Fish Species: trout, perch, channel catfish, bass, crappies, sunfish, and tiger muskies
  • Helpful Hints: Boat ramp (electric motors only), swimming beach, fishing pier and FWP regional headquarters. 

Lake Josephine

  • Location: Billings - Riverfront Park.
  • Fish Species: bass, crappies, channel catfish, sunfish, and tiger muskies
  • Helpful Hints: Easy family access, on city trail system.

Laurel Pond

  • Location: West edge of Laurel.
  • Fish Species: rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout
  • Helpful Hints: Good access, not many trees.

Transwestern Ponds

  • Location: Southwestern Billings.
  • Fish Species: bass
  • Helpful Hints: In the Transwestern building complex.

Red Lodge Area

Greenough Lake

  • Location: South of Red Lodge at the base of the Beartooth Highway.
  • Fish Species: rainbow trout
  • Helpful Hints: Short walk from campground - flies work well.

Wild Bill Lake

  • Location: West of Red Lodge along the West Fork of Rock Creek.
  • Fish Species: trout
  • Helpful Hints: Handicap accessible; flies work well.