Fishing

fish-head_MyO3mvYdFish, Wildlife, & Parks Region 6 Headquarters
54078 US HWY 2 W
Glasgow, MT 59230
Phone: (406) 228-3700
Fax: (406) 228-8161
Official Website

Anglers target walleye, northern pike, perch and small mouth bass in the Milk River, and the Missouri River both offer great fishing. Nelson reservoir  located east of Malta on highway 2, provides more good fishing.
Hunters and anglers rarely experience crowding in this least populous region of the state, but the communities along Montana’s Hi-Line offer plenty of accommodations and amenities for visitors and residents alike.

A valid fishing license is required for all types of fishing on state waters. To fish in Montana, most anglers need two licenses: a Conservation License and a Fishing License.

  • A Conservation License is needed before you can buy any fishing or hunting license that Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) issues. Conservation license applicants are required to provide their social security number in addition to the information usually requested. A valid driver's license or a valid photo ID is required to purchase a license.
  • 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 pole rentals for children are located in the Phillips County Library.

For information on fishing in Montana, please visit the following websites:

Montana Fishing Guide
License and Permit Information
Fishing Access Sites

Nelson Reservoir - USBR
Nelson Reservoir Waterbody Report

Located 18 miles east of Malta off US Highway 2. This reservoir, with 4,320 surface acres and 30 miles of shoreline, offers good fishing for walleye, perch, and northern pike. Concrete boat ramp, campground, and picnic shelters.

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