Fort Peck Lake is the
5th-largest man-made reservoir in the United States. The lake is 134 miles long,
has 1520 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 220 feet.
Fort Peck Lake enjoys nationwide recognition as a hot spot for walleye
fishing. The lake also offers excellent fishing for sauger, smallmouth bass,
lake trout, chinook salmon and northern pike. The introduction of cisco as
forage fish in 1983 proved successful and has increased both the size and number
of game fish.
Walleye and sauger are found throughout the lake and are usually caught in
water less than 25 feet deep. Walleyes in the 2 to 4 - pound class are common,
and 8 to 10 - pounders are caught with increasing regularity.
Smallmouth bass are most abundant in the middle portion of the lake between
Hell Creek and Devil's Creel Smallmouth bass are most commonly caught by those
fishing from rocky points and submerged islands. Fish in the 2- to 3-pound class
are common and some weighing more than five pounds are occasionally taken.
Lake trout and chinook salmon are found in the deep water at the lower end of
the lake. The trout and salmon can be caught in shallow water in the early
spring or late fall, and in deep water during the summer. Salmon and lake trout
weighing 15 to 20 pounds are common and fish in excess of 30 pounds have been
Location: Fort Peck
is located 20 miles southeast of Glasgow, Montana on Montana Highway 24; or 10
miles southwest of Nashua on Montana Highway 117.