Fishing At Holter Reservoir
AKA: Holter Lake
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Guide to fishing for walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, yellow perch, kokanee salmon and northern pike at Holter Reservoir in Montana.
Holter Dam, on the Missouri River, creates Holter Reservoir creating some excellent fishing opportunities. This 4,800-acre lake has around 50 miles of shoreline (Upper and Lower) and is located in the west-central part of the state, at Wolf Creek, MT.
Holter Reservoir, located on the Missouri River in southwestern Montana, is a popular fishing destination known for its scenic beauty and abundant fish populations. This reservoir covers approximately 4,000 acres and offers anglers a variety of fishing opportunities.
One of the popular fish species found in Holter Reservoir is the rainbow trout. The reservoir is known for its healthy population of rainbow trout, both stocked and wild. Anglers can target rainbow trout using various techniques such as fly fishing, spin fishing, or bait fishing. The clear waters and swift currents of the Missouri River provide an ideal habitat for these spirited fish.
Walleye is another sought-after species in Holter Reservoir. These prized game fish offer anglers an exciting fishing experience and can be targeted using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits, jigging with live bait or artificial lures, or casting near underwater structures. Holter Reservoir has produced impressive walleye catches over the years, attracting anglers looking for both quantity and quality.
Holter Reservoir is also home to other fish species such as brown trout, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. Brown trout are known for their elusive nature and can provide a rewarding challenge for anglers. Northern pike, with their aggressive nature and impressive size, offer anglers a chance to test their skills. Smallmouth bass, known for their tenacity and acrobatic fights, provide additional angling opportunities.
Boating is a popular activity on Holter Reservoir, and anglers can access the lake using the public boat ramps available. The reservoir allows for motorized boats, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas of the reservoir and access prime fishing spots. Whether it's trolling for walleye, casting for bass, or cruising along the picturesque shoreline, boating enhances the overall fishing experience on Holter Reservoir.
Camping facilities can be found in the surrounding area, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the beauty of the reservoir. Campgrounds offer amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, making it convenient for anglers and their families to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake.
Anglers visiting Holter Reservoir should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain the appropriate licenses. It's important to follow catch limits, size restrictions, and specific rules regarding certain fish species to ensure the sustainability of the fish populations and the preservation of the reservoir's ecosystem.
With its picturesque setting, diverse fish species, and excellent fishing and boating opportunities, Holter Reservoir offers anglers a memorable fishing experience in Montana. Whether it's targeting rainbow trout, pursuing walleye, or casting for other popular fish species, Holter Reservoir provides a scenic and rewarding angling adventure amidst the beauty of Montana's landscapes.
Ice fishing throughout the winter provides some quality perch for fish fry's. From Spring through fall, anglers fish Holter Lake in search of walleye, trout, perch, salmon and pike. There are several areas of the lake with access for shoreline fishing, and a fishing pier as well. This impounded section of the river is scenic, surrounded by rugged mountains and trees. Launch a canoe, kayak or fishing boat at Holter Lake boat ramp and Log Gulch ramp. A marina, stores, restaurants and shopping are all close at hand. Campgrounds and RV parks are available at the lake.
Primary fish species residing in Holter Reservoir
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Holter Reservoir Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Burke Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the main lake, off Beartooth Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.
Gates Of The Mountains Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the upper lake, off Gates Of The Mountains Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.
Log Gulch Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side of the main lake, off Beartooth Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Departure Point Campground Campground - 406 235-4480
Log Gulch Campground - 406 235-4314
Bureau Land Management Campground - 406 235-4480
Coulter Campground - (Access by boat only)
US Land Management Bureau Campground - 406 235-4314
Holter Reservoir MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
US Land Management Bureau Campground
1380 Beartooth Rd
Wolf Creek, MT 59648
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Fishing in west-central Montana for walleye, trout, perch, salmon and pike.