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Montana Lakes & Reservoirs: Fort Peck
Montana's Fort Peck Lake
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 taken.

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. .



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