Ice fishing is a great way to get outside during the cold winter months. Just make sure to bundle up to keep yourself warm while you're out on the ice.

Where To Go Ice Fishing:

Flathead Lake

Half way between Kalispell and Missoula (roughly a 120 mile distance), Flathead Lake is the largest natural body of fresh water west of the Mississippi River. The lake itself does not freeze, but bays lying along both western and eastern shores often freeze enough to successfully ice fish. Expect to find Lake & Whitefish Trout, Yellow Perch & Cutthroat Trout. Directions.

Georgetown Lake

A popular ice fishing location near Anaconda, MT (90 miles from Missoula, or an hour and 40 minutes by car) that has easy access, and only a short distance from the Discovery Basin Ski Area. Be looking for Salmon, Rainbow & Brook Trout. Directions.

Seeley Swan Valley

Among the many numerous lakes present in the Seeley Swan Valley are the highly popular Salmon, Holland & Placid Lakes that are an easy day trip from Missoula. Expect to find Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Kokanee Salmon & Northern Pike. Directions.

Rules and Regulations:


It is illegal to use any ice fishing shelter not conforming to the following rules:

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