Fishing regulations around Flathead Lake

Fishing Regulations on Flathead Lake

Fishing regulations around Flathead Lake. There are many great spots when fishing around Flathead Lake. Depending on what kind of fish you are trying to catch.

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Fishing Flathead LakeA valid fishing license is required for all types of fishing on state waters. To fish in Montana, most anglers need a Conservation License and a Fishing License, and also an AIS Pass. You must have your fishing license in your possession while fishing. A license on your smart phone is acceptable.

For areas that reside within the boundaries of the Flathead Nation.  A Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe fishing license is required for fishing.

Fishing regulations around Flathead Lake

A fishing license allows a person to fish for and possess any fish or aquatic invertebrate authorized by the state’s fishing regulations. It is nontransferable and nonrefundable. The license enables one to fish from March 1 through the end of February of the following year.

Free Fishing Weekend Fathers Day June 20-21, 2020.
By Montana law, each year on Father’s Day weekend any person (resident or non-resident) may fish for any fish within this state without obtaining a fishing license as long as they abide by the seasons, restrictions and bag limits listed in these Fishing Regulations. The two exceptions to this are Paddlefish and Bull Trout fishing, both of which require the purchase of a Conservation and Fishing License. Fishing for Paddlefish also requires a Paddlefish tag. A catch card is required to fish for Bull Trout.

Follow this link to review Montana Fishing Regulations and how to obtain your fishing license.

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Here is a short list of Fishing access areas from our Flathead Lake Vacation Guide.

Bigfork Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

The Bigfork Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake is a 1 acre fishing access site open year round with a boat launch during the summer season.

Elmo Fishing Access Site on Flathead Lake:

Elmo is a 13 acre fishing and recreational access point.  Includes a restroom and dock.

Finley Point State Park

Finley Point State Park is a 28 acre park offering 18 campsites and 16 boat slips that can accommodate boats up to 25 feet long

Sportsmans Bridge Fishing Access Site on Flathead River

Sportsman’s Bridge is a 6 acre access site open year round and provides access to both the Flathead River and Flathead Lake.  It provides access to fishing and boating and provides both high and low water ramps.  Restrooms are also available at Sportsman’s Bridge Access Site.

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