Northwest Montana has most of the natural lakes that are found in Montana
that lie outside of the mountains. The lakes found in this region range
from small ponds to the largest freshwater lake west of the continental
divide - Flathead Lake. All the lakes
in this region offer a wealth of fishing opportunities for both cold-water
species such as trout and warm-water species like bass.
Many of the lakes in this region are found very close to large towns
and resorts, allowing for excellent services and lodging - in stark contrast
to many other Montana lakes and reservoirs. The lakes in this region
are also very scenic, with thick forests and towering mountains flanking
most of these lakes.
The lakes in Northwest Montana, particularly Flathead
Lake, Swan Lake and Whitefish
Lake, due to their scenic beauty and proximity to popular tourist
attractions such as Glacier
National Park, receive heavy use. Most of the pressure comes in
the form of pleasure boating and waterskiing, reducing any chances
for finding solitude except in poor weather or in the off-season. Other
lakes, such as the smaller Holland Lake and Ashley
Lake, provide excellent fly fishing in a remote and scenic environment.
Despite their generally heavy use, the lakes in this region are well
worth visiting for an angler on a Montana fly fishing trip. Many of the
lakes have excellent trout fishing. And even if the trout aren't biting
- the scenic beauty of many of these lakes makes any day spent on the
water a rewarding one.
Unlike many of the other lakes in Montana, several lakes in Northwest
Montana are close to "major Montana cities," if you want to
use that word a bit loosely. The towns of Kalispell, Whitefish,
Columbia Falls and Bigfork are all located close to many of the most
popular lakes in Northwest Montana...thus allowing for many services
and lodging options not found elsewhere in Montana.
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