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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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Pond fishing tips from Mike Getman

East Fork Reservoir pro-

vides anglers with a

chance to catch northern

pike or perch. The reser-

voir is located 11 miles

southeast of Lewistown

in the foothills of the Big

Snowy Mountains.

Photo by Jacques Rutten