Montana State Record Fish List – Montana Hunting and Fishing Information

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Wondering what the Montana state record catches are currently in Montana?

Here is a list via FWP of every species you can check out:

Fish

Length (inches)

Weight

Date

Site

Angler

Arctic Grayling 20 3.63 lbs. 6/28/03 Washtub Lake Glenn Owens * Big Mouth Buffalo 40.7 57.75 lbs. 6/4/94 Nelson Reservoir Craig D. Grassel Black Bullhead 14.37 2.60 lbs. 6/2/09 Smiley Slough Birrell Black Crappie 16.7 3.13 lbs. 1973 Tongue River Reservoir Al Elser Bluegill 11 2.64 lbs. 6/3/83 Peterson’s Stock Dam Brent Fladmo Blue Sucker 34.56 13.29 lbs. 4/19/19 Marias River Jason Karls Brook Trout 9.06 lbs. 1940 Lower Two Medicine Lake John R. Cook Brown Trout 37 32.42 lbs. 3/3/21 Marias River Robbie Dockter * Bull Trout 37 25.63 lbs. 1916 James Hyer * Burbot 39 17.08 lbs. 4/18/89 Missouri River Wolf Point Jeff Eugene Iwen * Channel Catfish 38.75 35.18 lbs. 7/7/19 Colstrip Surge Pond John D. Smith Chinook Salmon 38-1/8 32.05 lbs. 08/16/20 Fort Peck Reservoir Greg Haug Cisco 18.2 2.08 lbs. 6/2/14 Missouri River Troy Holstein Coho Salmon 25.5 4.88 lbs. 5/29/73 Fort Peck Reservoir Face of Dam Irven F. Stohl Common Carp 38 40.2 lbs. 5/24/98 Nelson Reservoir Jared S. Albus Creek Chub 11 0.52 lbs. 5/12/13 Harbaugh Bass Pond William Bibeau * Cutthroat Trout 16 lbs 1955 Red Eagle Lake Wm. D. Sands Emerald Shiner 3.43 0.01 lbs. 6/9/06 Park Grove Bridge Ike Braaten Fathead Minnow 2.7 .01 lbs. 5/30/14 Dollar Lake Chris Gustine * Flathead Chub 11.2 0.59 lbs. 4/29/01 Thornton Pond Douglas Jordan * Freshwater Drum 29.5 21.59 lbs. 5/3/03 Fort Peck- Ghost Coulee Matt Washut Golden Trout 23.5 5.43 lbs. 7/16/00 Cave Lake Mike Malixi * Goldeye 3.18 lbs. 7/4/00 Nelson Reservoir Don Nevrivy Green Sunfish 9.0 0.84 lbs. 5/25/09 Hickson’s Pond Bette Schmieding Kokanee Salmon 26.8 7.85 lbs. 9/23/03 Hauser Lake John Bomar Lake Chub* 5.9 0.075 lbs. 7/23/10 Corner Lake James Cashell Lake Trout 42.5 42.69 lbs. 6/23/04 Flathead Lake Ruth Barber Lake Whitefish 27 10.46 lbs. 8/26/06 Flathead Lake Swan T. McDonald V Largemouth Bass 22.5 9.58 lbs. 4/24/21 Lake Elmo Brandon Wright * Largescale Sucker 23.1 6.16 lbs. 6/27/08 Woodland Pond Kevin Fraley * Longnose Sucker 19.50 4.21 lbs. 5/17/21 Holter Lake Austin Wargo Mottled Sculpin — See Rocky Mountain Sculpin * Mountain Sucker 6.2 1.60 oz. 4/23/01 Beaver Creek Reservoir Robert Garwood * Mountain Whitefish 23 5.11 lbs. 10/10/07 Hauser Reservoir Walt Goodman Northern Pike 37.5 lbs. 8/29/1971 Tongue River Reservoir Lance Moyer * Northern Pikeminnow 27.125 7.88 lbs. 5/28/91 Noxon Rapids Reservoir Darrel Torgrimson * Paddlefish 77 142.5 lbs. 5/20/73 Missouri River Near Kipp Park Larry Branstetter * Pallid Sturgeon 60 lbs. 5/13/79 Yellowstone River Near Sidney Gene Sattler * Peamouth 16 1/8 1.52 lbs. 7/29/07 Clark Fork River Mike Jensen Pumpkinseed 0.96 lbs. 7/30/06 Upper Thompson Lake Nathan Bache Pygmy Whitefish 9.84 0.36 lbs. 2/13/10 Little Bitterroot Lake Richard Geldrich Rainbow Smelt 7.1 0.08 lbs. 2/18/20 Fort Peck Dredge Cuts Nathan Cooper Rainbow Trout 38.62 33.1 lbs. 8/11/97 Kootenai River David Thompson Bridge Jack G. Housel, Jr. Rainbow-Cutthroat Hybrid Trout 35.75 30.25 lbs. 5/16/82 Ashely Lake Pat Kelley * Redside Shiner 6.5 0.10 lbs. 8/21/01 Lost Lake Josh Ahles * River Carpsucker 24 6.95 lbs 8/15/08 Fort Peck Reservoir Brady Miller Rock Bass 10.8 1.31 lbs. 4/26/14 Lower Crazy Head Springs Pond Karson Campbell * Rocky Mountain Sculpin 0.05 lbs. 7/30/01 Belt Creek Brad Sullivan * Sauger 28.2 8.805 lbs. 12/12/94 Fort Peck Reservoir Gene Moore Saugeye 15.66 lbs. 1/11/95 Fort Peck Reservoir Squaw Creek Myron Kibler * Shorthead Redhorse 20.25 4.68 lbs. 4/14/85 Marias River Near Loma Ray Quigley * Shortnose Gar 35 7.41 lbs. 5/16/13 Fort Peck Dredge Cuts Brandon Hansard * Shovelnose Sturgeon 39.75 14.125 lbs. 5/21/10 Missouri River Chad Buck Smallmouth Bass 22.0 7.84 lbs. 10/3/20 Fort Peck Reservoir Theron Thompson * Smallmouth Buffalo 38 38 lbs. 4/28/07 Nelson Reservoir Brady Miller Spottail Shiner 3 0.02 lbs. 8/14/10 Tiber Reservoir Joe Hagengruber * Stonecat 10 0.54 lbs. 6/16/96 Milk River Dale Bjerga Tiger Muskellunge 50 38.75 lbs. 9/2/11 Deadman’s Basin Reservoir Leo Cantin Tiger Trout 20.6 4.04 lbs. 2/9/97 Bear Lake Joe Sobczak Utah Chub 15.9 2.39 lbs. 3/7/2022 Canyon Ferry Reservoir Steve Hagen Walleye 32.25 18.02 lbs. 5/10/21 Holter Lake Trevor Johnson White Bass 17 2.8 lbs. 10/13/07 Missouri River South of Bainville Vernon Pacovsky White Crappie 18.5 3.68 lbs. 5/10/96 Tongue River Gene Bassett * White Sturgeon 96 lbs. 1968 Kootenai River Herb Stout * White Sucker 21.625 5.33 lbs. 2/10/83 Nelson Reservoir Fred Perry Yellow Bullhead 15.5 1.910 lbs. 12/17/20 Tongue River Reservoir Roberta Legge Yellow Perch 14.375 2.39 lbs. 2/19/06 Lower Stillwater Lake Josh Emmert

  • To view the girth and bait tackle columns, please download Montana Fish Records
  • For more information contact the FWP Fisheries Division at: (406) 444-2449 or email FWPFishAdmin@mt.gov
  • The * denotes Montana native fish.
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Photo credit: Trevor Johnson with state record walleye from Holter Lake in 2021; by Trevor Johnson
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