Why do you like to fish
Central Montana’s ponds and reservoirs?
I frequent these waters to enjoy the excellent fishing for a
variety of species (trout, bass, bluegill, perch, crappie, and north-
ern pike) and the solitude as few people fish them.
What is your preferred fishing method,
(Flyfishing, Spin-fishing, bait, etc) and why?
I prefer flyfishing as I enjoy catching fish on flies I’ve tied and
the challenge of determining what the fish are feeding on then
using the correct pattern. I most often fish
from a float tube as it
allows me to fish anywhere on the water
What are your some of your
favorite ponds/reservoirs to fish?
My favorite places to fish are Upper and Lower Carter Ponds.
They are close to town, the ponds are the most productive I
know of in our area, and the trout grow quickly. Now that the
structures have been repaired and will retain water better, die-
offs should be seldom, and I expect to catch 5-6 pound rainbows
within a couple years, as long as no illegal fish introductions
What are some of your favorite flies or lures?
My favorite fly is whatever I find the fish feeding on whether
it be a midge, damsel, mayfly, leech, or minnow.
Do you have some advice for people new
to fishing ponds/reservoirs in Central Montana?
Get a copy of the Pond Fishing Guide for the area you want to
fish from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. It tells what fish are
present and directions on how to get there. Remember, ponds on
private land require landowner permission (unless stated other-
wise in Pond Fishing Guide) so make sure you have permission
first. Watch the weather! Ponds get discolored after runoff and
roads may be impassible when wet.
Mike Getman has fished in Central Montana for 17 years. Last
year, he fished 59 days, and says, “It’s great to be retired and live in
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