Channel Catfish and Black Bullhead lurk in the depths of the Fort Peck Reservoir. Remaining in relative obscurity, the Channel Cat grows to enormous proportions in this body of water. With little to no fishing pressure directed towards them, the opportunities are endless. Fort Peck has long been known for their world-class Walleye, Sauger, Northern Pike, and Smallmouth Bass, however, Catfish should join that elite list. There is a unique opportunity to boat a state record at any given moment. Home to a state record on more than one occasion (25.89 lbs. -1984 and 25.89 lbs. – 1989), planning a weekend trip in early spring could be well worth your while. Recent drought conditions and low water levels have made life more difficult for the serious catfish angler. It is now tougher than ever to target cats if you’re a shore angler. If you are planning on attacking the cats, plan on getting an early start at it (Mid April to Early June), and concentrate your efforts in the big dry arm or the upper reaches of the lake.
Located 17 miles south-east of Glasgow, MT and 120 miles north of Billings, MT. Fort Peck Reservoir is the largest earth-filled man made dam in the entire world. It has more shore line (1,500 miles) than any other body of water within the United States, and if stretched out, its shores would be longer than the entire west coast line of California. At the current time (2007) it is experiencing major drought conditions and is at an all-time low water level, however it will only be a matter of time and this beauty will be back in full force. It covers 250,000 acres of land in secluded north-eastern Montana and continues to be a top tourism destination. It is home to over 60 species of fish and is pressured throughout the entire open water season as well as through the ice. There are twelve fully functioning boat ramps during normal water levels, and access to the lake is surprisingly easy. Information from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.