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FWP Takes The Guess Work Out Of Fishing With Families


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has taken the guess work out of family fishing by creating a variety of family-oriented fishing opportunities. These locations are stocked with fish and make it easy for parents and others to see that kids have positive fishing experiences.

Here is a quick survey of a few prime family fishing waters in the state. For an updated list of the many recommended sites, check the FWP website at under Fishing, or contact the nearest FWP regional office. Please check the 2011 Montana Fishing Regulations for limits, restrictions and other details before setting out.

FWP Region 1

Kalispell Area

Dry Bridge Pond— a three-acre family-fishing pond located in Dry Bridge City Park, at the corner of 11th St. East and Woodland Ave., in Kalispell. The pond provides fishing for rainbow trout.

Pine Grove Pond—a five-acre pond three miles northeast of Kalispell, is the region's newest fishing opportunity for rainbow and cutthroat trout.

FWP Region 2

Missoula Area

Frenchtown Pond—a spring-fed lake with a maximum depth of about 10 feet, it is 15 miles west of Missoula on I-90 at Frenchtown Exit #89, then one mile west on the frontage road. Anglers primarily catch largemouth bass, perch and pumpkinseeds.

McCormick Pond, or Silver's Lagoon, is located in downtown Missoula for easy access and offers fishing for trout and pumpkinseeds. This site is also ADA accessible.

Anaconda/Deer Lodge Area

Warm Springs Kid’s Pond—a shallow pond on the grounds of the Warm Springs Wildlife Management Area, is on the west side frontage road between the junction of Montana Highway 1 and the I-90 entrance ramp. The pond offers fishing for pan-sized rainbow trout.

FWP Region 3

Bozeman Area

Bozeman Mall Pond— west of Bozeman on Huffine Lane at Fowler Lane, is known for rainbow trout, bass and bluegill.

Three Forks Pond—northeast of Three Forks, offers kid-friendly angling opportunities for carp, largemouth bass, bluegill and yellow perch.

Helena Area

Spring Meadow Lake—at Spring Meadow Lake State Park on Montana Highway 12 just west of Helena, is a popular environment for young anglers interested in largemouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, suckers, westslope cutthroat trout and rainbow trout.

FWP Region 4

Great Falls Area
Wadsworth Park and Reservoir—on the west side of Great Falls north of the Sun River, has fishing for walleye, bass, yellow perch, white crappie and rainbow trout.

Giant Springs Fishing Pond—along the Missouri River just upstream from Giant Springs Fish Hatchery, is stocked with pan-sized trout during the summer.

Elks Country Club Pond—a small one-acre pond located at Pine Meadows Country Club, is stocked with rainbow trout.

FWP Region 5

Billings Area

Lake Elmo—at Lake Elmo State Park in northeast Billings, provides fishing opportunities for trout, perch, channel catfish, bass, crappies, sunfish and tiger muskies.

Lake Josephine—at Riverfront Park in Billings, provides fishing for bass, crappies, channel catfish, sunfish and tiger muskies located on a city trail system.

FWP Region 6

Glasgow Area
Home Run Pond—at Sullivan Park on the southeastern edge of Glasgow, offers fishing opportunities for trout, black crappie, yellow perch and catfish.

Fort Peck Area
Fort Peck Kids Pond—on the east side of the Downstream Campground below Fort Peck Dam, provides fishing for bluegill, channel catfish, freshwater drum, goldeye, largemouth bass, northern pike, sauger, shortnose gar, shovelnose sturgeon, walleye, and yellow perch.

FWP Region 7

Miles City Area
Spotted Eagle Reservoir—adjacent to Miles City, offers young anglers fishing for black crappie, northern pike, small mouth bass, and walleye.