Flathead Lake Fish
With over 25 fish species found in the Flathead River-Lake ecosystem, the primary sport fish that we target for catching are below.
Long lived, slow growth, deep dwelling, photophobic, voracious feeder.
Powerful fighter, rare and available for harvest only in Hungry Horse Resivoir. Typically a top-water feeder.
Aerial acrobat. Good stamina. Top water feeder.
The bulldog. Small head and solid muscle. Vigorous fight and unbelievable stamina. Soft mouth. Many tear free from the hook. These are hard fighting fish with white, mild-tasting meat. They average about 2 1/2 lbs. but can run over 5 lbs.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) cooperatively manage Flathead Lake under the Flathead Lake and River Fisheries Co-management Plan.
Lake trout up to 5 pounds eat lots of Mysis shrimp and can be delicious fried, baked, barbecued, or smoked. Fish from 5-10 pounds are much oilier and are best if skinned, trimmed, and cooked to allow juices to drain away. Macs over 10 pounds are very oily and generally not very good to eat.