Where to Fish Canyon Ferry Lake


Canyon Ferry is one of Montana's foremost recreation areas because of its proximity to Helena, Bozeman, Great Falls and Butte. The reservoir covers 25 miles and there are 24 Bureau of Reclamation maintained recreation sites around the reservoir. Canyon Ferry offers a variety of recreational opportunities including boating, year-round fishing, for trout, walleye, and perch, camping, sightseeing, picnicking, hunting, water skiing,and swimming. Boat access is available at all of the campsites. A number of additional public boat launch areas are located near the dam on the north end and near Townsend on the south end. A Sapphire mine, laundromat, dining, entertainment, cabins, beaches, house boats, showers, and grocery stores are available in the area.

Special Notices & Closures 

Fishing report for the week of 05/20/2019

Rainbow trout fishing has been best from shore at Shannon, Duck Creek Bay, and Goose Bay fly fishing with a leech or bead head nymph or using a jig tipped with a worm. Boat anglers are catching a few rainbows mid-reservoir trolling cranks or lures. Walleye and perch are being caught mid-reservoir and at Confederate Bay in less than 15 feet of water on jigs or worm harnesses.

Size 33,534.8 acres
Elevation 3,798.2 ft.
Directions
Status of the Fishery Canyon Ferry Reservoir (CFR) continues to be a quality year-round rainbow trout fishery, an angler friendly summer walleye fishery, and a trophy year- round yellow perch fishery.
Township/Range/Section 08N 02E 30
Latitude/Longitude 46.43711 -111.52723
FWP Region Region 4 
County Broadwater  •  Lewis & Clark
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Year Species Abbrv Length Weight M/C Count Sex Mort Hook Scar Disease Scales Otolith Fin Clip Tag Comment Genetics Age Stomach Intercept Slope Gear Equipment Trip Date Pass/Run Water Section Lat/Down Lon/Down Lat/Up Lon/Up
Year Angler Days Std. Error
2017 127683 13731
2015 95254 7542
2013 105326 8287
2011 99926 5794
2009 133220 8434

View the latest Montana Fishing Regulations.

This waterbody has a fish consumption advisory. Please see the link for guidelines.

Fish Consumption Guidelines (PDF)