Fishing At Swan Lake
AKA: Swan River Reservoir
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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, lake trout, pumpkinseed sunfish, yellow perch, kokanee salmon and northern pike at Swan Lake in Montana.
The scenic views alone make a trip to Swan Lake worthwhile. But that's just the beginning of the adventure. Boating, camping and fishing are all great here at this 3,270-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 25 miles southeast of Kalispell.
Swan Lake, nestled in the scenic Swan Valley of Montana, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. This pristine mountain lake covers approximately 1,900 acres and offers a serene fishing experience amidst breathtaking natural surroundings.
One of the popular fish species found in Swan Lake is the native Westslope cutthroat trout. Anglers are drawn to Swan Lake for the opportunity to catch these beautiful trout, known for their vibrant colors and feisty nature. Fly fishing is a popular technique for targeting cutthroat trout, with dry flies and nymphs being effective choices. Anglers can also try spin fishing or bait fishing to lure in these elusive fish.
Another sought-after species in Swan Lake is the northern pike. Known for their aggressive strikes and strong fights, northern pike provide an exciting angling experience. Anglers often use techniques such as casting with large spoons or swimbaits, or trolling with crankbaits, to entice these toothy predators. Swan Lake's healthy population of northern pike makes it a desirable location for anglers looking for a thrilling fishing adventure.
Boating is a popular activity on Swan Lake, and anglers can access the lake using public boat ramps. Motorized boats are allowed on the lake, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas and access prime fishing spots. Whether it's trolling for northern pike or cruising along the scenic shoreline, boating enhances the overall fishing experience on Swan Lake.
Camping facilities can be found near Swan Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, making it convenient for anglers and their families to relax and unwind after a day on the water.
Anglers visiting Swan Lake 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 lake's ecosystem.
With its stunning mountain vistas, diverse fish species, and excellent fishing and boating opportunities, Swan Lake offers anglers a memorable fishing experience in Montana. Whether it's targeting Westslope cutthroat trout, pursuing northern pike, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the lake, Swan Lake provides a picturesque and rewarding angling adventure amidst the natural wonders of Montana.
Anglers who enjoy fishing from the bank will find plenty of spots along 20 miles of shoreline to wet a line. There are two boat launch ramps. One is a conventional boat landing for motorized boats and the other is a launch area for non-motorized boats for portage of canoes, kayaks and portables. Trophy size northern pike, kokanee salmon and several species of trout get most of the attention here, but yellow perch and sunfish also reside here in good numbers.
Primary fish species residing in Swan Lake
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Swan Lake Amenities
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Swan Lake Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off State Route 83, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Swan Lake Public Non-motorized Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Bosworth Lane, this is a portage area with a dock and street parking.
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Swan Lake Trading Post Campground - 406 272-3500
Swan Lake Campground - 406 886-2266
Swan Lake Boat Ramp Campground - 406 837-7500
Swan Lakers Campground - 406 837-4511
Swan Lake MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Swan Lake Boat Ramp
Swan Lake, MT 59901
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Swan Lake in MT
General Fishing Info
Fishing for pike, kokanee salmon and trout in northwest MT.