Fishing Access

Fishing Access

Fishing is good at Elmo; anglers catch perch, trout, and whitefish. Flathead Lake has a variety of fish species but is best known for its trout. The main species in the lake are bull trout, cutthroat trout, and lake trout. Fishing in Flathead Lake is best from a boat; rentals are available at various locations.
  • All recreational activities on Tribal owned lands require a non-member person over the age of 11 to purchase a Tribal Conservation Permit.
  • All non-members must have on their person; whenever engaged in recreation activities on Tribally owned lands of the Reservation, a valid Flathead Reservation Use Permit, and any additional bird, fishing, or camping stamps as required. Certain Tribal campgrounds and recreation areas may have special regulations, which are posted, on site.
  • The Tribes reserve the right to post Tribal lands and waters for additional regulations and restrictions not contained herein pertaining to environmental protection, conservation, public safety and regulation pursuant to recommendations of the Tribal Natural Resources Department.
  • See “Flathead Indian Reservation Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation Regulations of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks” for a full list of applicable regulations.
NOTE: A Reservation Permit must be purchased in person initially from a retail outlet/Reservation Permit vendor to register. After that first registration you can purchase online.
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