Flyfisher's Guide to Southwest Montana's Mountain Lakes

Flyfisher's Guide to Southwest Montana's Mountain Lakes

by Joshua Bergen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940239125
Publisher: Wilderness Adventures Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Sales rank: 1,258,117
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 3

Introduction 5

Using this Book 7

History of Southwest Montana Mountain Trout 11

Mountain Lake Fish Species 13

Bugs 21

Mountain Lake Gear 29

General Regulations 31

Other Considerations 33

Access Public Land 33

Montana a Fisheries Information System (MFISH) 33

Stocked Lakes Versus Self-Sustaining Lakes 35

Ice-Out and Ice-Up Schedules 37

Absaroka Range 41

Pine Creek Lake 43

Jewel Lake 46

McKnight Lakes 46

Elbow Lake 47

Fire Lake 49

Thompson Lake 51

Lonesome Pond 53

Other Absaroka Range Lakes 54

Davis Lake 54

Froze-to-Death Lakes 54

Alpine Lake 54

George Lake 54

Icicle Lake 54

Great Falls Creek Lakes 55

Weasel Lakes 55

Kaufman Lake 56

West Boulder Lake 56

Crystal Lake 57

Silver Lake 57

Bramble Creek Lakes 57

Trout Lake 58

Bridge Lake 58

Elk Lake 58

Blue Lake 58

Fish Lake 59

Knox Lake 59

Charlie White Lake 59

Hidden Lake 59

Absaroka Range Trip Planning Considerations 60

Bridger Mountains 61

Fairy Lake 63

Bridger Mountains Trip Planning Considerations 66

Gallatin Range 67

Bear Lakes 69

Mystic Lake 71

Hyalite Reservoir 75

Blackmore Lake 77

Emerald and Heather Lakes 79

Fridley Lakes 82

Hyalite Lake 83

Big Bear Lake 85

Rat Lake 89

Hidden Lakes 93

Sidebar: How to catch golden trout 96

Golden Trout Lakes 97

Ramshorn Lake 99

Other Gallatin Range Lakes 103

Lake Elsie 103

Story Lakes 103

Ferrell Lake 103

Merrell Lake 103

Green Lake 103

Yankee Jim Lake 103

Aldridge Lake 104

High Lake (Yellowstone National Park) 104

Sportsman Lake (Yellowstone National Park) 104

Gallatin Range Trip Planning Considerations 105

Madison Range 107

Jerome Rock Lakes 109

Big Brother Lake 112

Falls Creek Lakes 112

Margo Lake 112

Marcheta Lake 112

Chiquita Lake 112

Spanish Lakes 113

Diamond Lake 115

Janelle Lake 116

Lake Solitude 116

Mirror Lake 116

Beehive Lake 116

Sidebar: Lee Metcalf Wilderness: Spanish Peaks Unit 116

Lava Lake 117

Deer Lake 121

Moon Lake 122

Ulerys Lakes 123

Egg Lake 126

Lake Levinsky 126

Lake Cameron 127

Albino Lake 131

Sidebar: Lofty Goals: Revising the reputation of the alpine cutthroat trout 134

Hilgard Basin 141

Expedition Lake 142

Crag Lake 143

Lake Ha Hand 143

Thunderbolt Lake 143

Sunset Lake 143

Comet Lake 143

Blue Paradise Lake 143

Clear Lake 143

Tallus Lake 143

Gnome Lake 144

Painted Lake 144

Cataract Lake 144

Hilgard Lake 145

Unnamed Lake 145

Dutchman Lakes 145

Blue Danube, High Hope and Avalanche Lakes 147

Ramona Lake 150

Sidebar: Lee Metcalf Wilderness: Taylor-Hilgard Unit 151

Hebgen Lake 153

Sidebar: Forecasting rises and beguiling gulpers 156

Upper Coffin Lake 159

Lower Coffin Lake 161

Sheep Lake 161

Other Madison Range Lakes 162

Chilled Lakes 162

Thompson Lake 163

Cascade Lakes 163

Lillian Lake 164

Cedar Lake 164

Lizard Lakes 164

No Man Lake 164

Rainbow Lakes 165

Finger Lake 165

Echo Lakes 165

Axolotl Lake 165

Madison Range Trip Planning Considerations 166

Tobacco Roots 169

Boulder Lakes 171

Louise Lake 175

Bismarck Reservoir 178

Lost Cabin Lake 178

Sailor, Globe and Brannan Lakes 179

Emily Lake 181

Hollow Top Lake 183

Cataract Reservoir 186

Upper Mason Lake 186

Deep Lake 186

Skytop Lake 186

Albro Lake 186

Bell Lake 187

Sureshot Lakes 191

Mckelvey, Mine and Cliff Lakes 194

Twin Lakes 198

Lupine Lake 198

Sawlog Lake 199

South Meadow Creek Lake 201

Sidebar: Tips for driving on jeep trails 204

Branham Lakes 205

Thompson Reservoir and Gneiss Lake 208

Crystal, Jackson, Sunrise and Twin Lakes 211

Other Tobacco Roots Lakes 216

Piedmont Pond 216

Sitz Ranch Ponds 216

Brentin Lake 217

Lady of the Lake 217

Noble Lake 217

Tobacco Roots Trip Planning Considerations 218

Gravelly-Greenhorn Range 221

Axolotl Lakes 223

Lower Twin Lake 224

Upper Twin Lake 225

Heart Lake (aka Reservoir Lake) 226

Axolotl Lake 226

Blue Lake 227

Smith Lake 228

Cliff and Wade Lakes 231

Elk, Hidden, Goose and Otter Lakes 237

Sidebar: Sweet Spot 242

Culver and Widgeon Ponds 243

Other Gravelly Range Lakes 247

Talus Lake 247

Haypress Lakes 247

Romy Lake 247

Blue Lake (Little Elk Creek) 247

Fish Creek Lake 247

Conklin Lake 247

Gravelly-Greenhorn Range Trip Planning Considerations 248

Pioneer Mountains 249

Trapper Lake 252

Granite Lake and Cherry Lake 255

Green Lake 257

Lake Agnes 258

Brownes Lake 260

Tendoy Lake 261

Gorge Lakes 262

Barb Lake 263

Boot, Pear, Tub and Anchor Lakes 265

Deerhead Lake 270

Twin Lakes 270

Dollar Lake 270

Minneopa Lake 270

Esther Lake 270

Sawtooth Lake 271

Dingley Lakes 273

Sidebar: Adventures of the Aguabonita 274

Hopkins and Hall Lakes 277

Odell Lake, Lake of the Woods, and Schwinegar Lake 281

Ferguson and Foolhen Lakes 287

Other Pioneer Mountain Lakes 290

Bobs Lake 290

Black Lion Lake 290

Canyon Lake 290

Lake Abundance 290

Crescent Lake 290

Grayling Lake 290

Vera Lake 291

Lion Lake 291

Waukena Lake 291

Tahepia Lake 291

Schulz Lakes 292

Rainbow Lake 292

Torrey Lake 292

Polaris Lake 292

Scott Lake 292

Kelley Reservoir 292

Sidebar: A Few Degrees 293

Bear Lake 293

Stewart Lake 293

Baldy Lake 293

Sand Lake 293

Bobcat Lakes 294

Lily Lake 294

Stone Lakes 294

Johanna Lake 294

Squaw Lake 294

Pioneer Mountains Trip Planning Considerations 295

Beaverhead Mountains 297

Twin Lakes 299

Schultz Reservoir 301

Lower Miner Lake 303

Englejard Lake 304

Van Houten Lake 305

Skinner Lake 307

Other Beaverhead Mountain Lakes 308

Ovis Lake 308

Slag-a-Melt Lakes 308

Lena Lake 308

Hurley Lake (Upper Lena Lake) 308

Hidden Lake 310

Albino Lake 310

Ajax Lake 311

Sidebar: The Continental Divide Trail 311

Little Lake Creek Lake #2 311

Little Lake 311

Rock Island Lakes 312

Heart Lake 312

Ridge Lake 312

Upper Miner Lakes 313

Lake Geneva 313

Hamby Lake 313

Berry Lake 313

Timberline Lake 314

Skytop Lake 314

Pioneer Lake 314

Jahnke Lake 315

Darkhorse Lake 315

Alpine Lake 315

Cowbone Lake 315

Deadman Lake 315

Beaverhead Mountains Trip Planning Considerations 316

Other Mountain Ranges 317

Anaconda-Pintler Range (east of the divide only) 318

Mussigbrod Lake 318

Pintler Lake 319

Lion Lake 319

Continental Lake 320

Crystal Lake 320

Mystic Lake 320

Oreamnos Lake 320

Warren Lake 320

Seymour Lakes 320

Tenmile Lakes 321

Mudd Lake 321

Snowcrest Range 322

Peterson Lakes 322

Tendoy Mountains 323

Dad Creek Lake 323

Morrison Lake 323

Poison Lakes 323

Centennial Range 324

Blair Lake 324

Breneman Lake 324

O'Dell Lake 324

Recommended Flies 325

Mountain Lake Fish Stocking Schedule 327

Mountain Lake Fishing Outfitters 331

Fly Shops and Sporting Goods Stores 335

Index 339

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