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Lake Information for Canyon Ferry Lake


Canyon Ferry Lake is a 33,535 acre reservoir located in Lewis and Clark county.

Fishing Description: 

Game fish opportunities include: Brown Trout, Burbot, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, and Yellow Perch.

Other species present include: Brook Trout, Common Carp, Fathead Minnow, Largemouth Bass, Longnose Dace, Longnose Sucker, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Stonecat, Utah Chub, and White Sucker.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Rainbow fishing has been pretty good, especially on the south end of the reservoir. Trolling cranks or spoons 10 to 15 feet deep around Hole in the Wall has been working really well. Shore anglers are also picking up a few rainbows at Confederate and Duck Creek on worms with marshmallows. Walleye fishing has been fair, with variable results throughout the reservoir. Most action has been from trolling cranks or bottom bouncers with chartreuse or orange colored blades anywhere from 10-30 feet deep.

Walleye fishing has been fair with many people picking up smaller sized fish on bottom bouncers with chartreuse blades. Anglers are catching a few bigger walleyes off Avalanche early in the mornings. Most rainbow action has been off White Earth and Confederate trolling Rapalas 25-35 feet deep. Shore anglers are also catching a few rainbows at Magpie. Perch fishing has picked up some, with most action around Goose Bay and Confederate.

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Optional Information
Surface area: 
Canyon Ferry Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Koa Kampgrounds
  • 81 Silos Rd - Townsend, MT
  • (406) 266-3100
    Boat Loft
  • 1460 Bear Tooth Rd - Wolf Creek, MT
  • (406) 235-4435
    Water Fun Rentals
  • 2101 N Last Chance Gulch - Helena, MT
  • (406) 461-1822

Vacation Rental

    Goose Bay Marina
  • 300 Goose Bay Ln - Townsend, MT
  • (406) 266-3645
    Comfort Inn
  • 750 N Fee St - Helena, MT
    Shilo Inn
  • 2020 Prospect Ave - Helena, MT
  • (406) 442-0320

Bar and Restaurant

    Yacht Basin Bar & Restaurant
  • 7035 Canyon Ferry Rd - Helena, MT
  • (406) 475-3125
    Gold Dust Bar Restaurant
  • 1701 Cedar St - Helena, MT
  • (406) 443-0757
    Silo's Inn
  • 6999 Us-287 - Townsend, MT
  • (406) 266-5000

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