Montana Game Fish Records

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The following are records and game and non-game fish tracked by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Updated: December 2021

Bass, Largemouth
9.58 lbs
Lake ElmoBrandon Wright
Apr 24, 2021
Bass, Rock
1.31 lbs
Lower Crazy Head
Springs Pond
Karson Campbell
Apr 26, 2014
Bass, Smallmouth
7.84 lbs
Fort Peck ReservoirTheron Thompson
Oct 3, 2020
Bass, White
2.8 lbs
Missouri River,
South of Bainville
Vernon Pacovsky
Oct 12, 2007
Buffalo, Big Mouth
57.75 lbs
Nelson ReservoirCraig D. Grassel
Jun 4, 1994
Buffalo, Smallmouth
38 lbs
Nelson ReservoirBrady Miller
Apr 28, 2007
Burbot
17.08 lbs
Missouri River,
Wolf Point
Jeff Eugene Iwen
Apr 18, 1989
Carp, Common
40.2 lbs
Nelson ReservoirJared S. Albus
May 24, 1998
Catfish, Black Bullhead
2.60 lbs
Smiley SloughBirrell
Jun 2, 2009
Catfish, Channel
35.18 lbs
Colstrip Surge PondJohn D. Smith
Jul 7, 2019
Catfish, Stonecat
0.54 lbs
Milk RiverDale Bjerga
Jun 16, 1996
Catfish, Yellow Bullhead
1.910 lbs
Tongue River ReservoirRoberta Legge
Dec 17, 2020
Chub, Creek
0.52 lbs
Harbaugh Bass PondWilliam Bibeau
May 12, 2013
Chub, Flathead
0.59 lbs
Thornton PondDouglas Jordan
Apr 29, 2001
Chub, Lake
0.075 lbs
Corner LakeJames Cashell
Jun 23, 2010
Chub, Utah
2.39 lbs
Canyon Ferry ReservoirSteve Hagen
Mar 7, 2022
Cisco
2.08 lbs
Missouri RiverTroy Holstein
Jun 2, 2014
Crappie, Black
3.13 lbs
Tongue River ReservoirAl Elser
1973
Crappie, White
3.68 lbs
Tongue RiverGene Bassett
May 10, 1996
Drum, Freshwater
21.59 lbs
Fort Peck,
Ghost Coulee
Matt Washut
May 3, 2003
Gar, Shortnose
7.41 lbs
Fort Peck Dredge CutsBrandon Hansard
May 16, 2013
Goldeye
3.18 lbs
Nelson ReservoirDon Nevrivy
Jul 4, 2000
Grayling, Arctic
3.63 lbs
Washtub LakeGlenn Owens
Jun 28, 2003
Minnow, Fathead
2.7 .01 lbs
Dollar LakeChris Gustine
May 30, 2014
Northern Pike
37.5 lbs
Tongue River ReservoirLance Moyer
Aug 29, 1971
Northern Pikeminnow
7.88 lbs
Noxon Rapids ReservoirDarrel Torgrimson
May 28, 1991
Paddlefish
142.5 lbs
Missouri River,
Near Kipp Park
Larry Branstetter
May 20, 1973
Peamouth
1.52 lbs
Clark Fork RiverMike Jensen
Jul 29, 2007
Rainbow Smelt
0.08 lbs
Fort Peck Dredge CutsNathan Cooper
Feb 18, 2020
River Carpsucker
6.95 lbs
Fort Peck ReservoirBrady Miller
Aug 15, 2008
Salmon, Chinook
32.05 lbs
Fort Peck ReservoirGreg Haug
Aug 16, 2020
Salmon, Coho
4.88 lbs
Fort Peck Reservoir,
Face of Dam
Irven F. Stohl
May 29, 1973
Salmon, Kokanee
7.85 lbs
Hauser LakeJohn Bomar
Sep 23, 2003
Sauger
8.805 lbs
Fort Peck ReservoirGene Moore
Dec 12, 1994
Saugeye
15.66 lbs
Fort Peck Reservoir,
Squaw Creek
Myron Kibler
Jan 11, 1995
Sculpin, Rocky Mountain
(a.k.a. Mottled Sculpin)
0.05 lbs
Belt CreekBrad Sullivan
Jul 30, 2001
Shiner, Emerald
0.01 lbs
Park Grove BridgeIke Braaten
Jun 9, 2006
Shiner, Redside
0.10 lbs
Lost LakeJosh Ahles
Aug 21, 2001
Shiner, Spottail
0.02 lbs
Tiber ReservoirJoe Hagengruber
Aug 14, 2010
Shorthead Redhorse
4.68 lbs
Marias River,
Near Loma
Ray Quigley
Apr 14, 1985
Sturgeon, Pallid
60 lbs
Yellowstone River,
Near Sidney
Gene Sattler
May 13, 1979
Sturgeon, Shovelnose
14.125 lbs
Missouri RiverChad Buck
May 21, 2010
Sturgeon, White
96 lbs
Kootenai RiverHerb Stout
1968
Sucker, Blue
13.29 lbs
Marias RiverJason Karls
Apr 19, 2019
Sucker, Largescale
6.16 lbs
Woodland PondKevin Fraley
Jun 27, 2008
Sucker, Longnose
4.21 lbs
Holter LakeAustin Wargo
May 17, 2021
Sucker, Mountain
1.60 oz
Beaver Creek ReservoirRobert Garwood
Apr 23, 2001
Sucker, White
5.33 lbs
Nelson ReservoirFred Perry
Feb 10, 1983
Sunfish, Bluegill
2.64 lbs
Peterson’s Stock Dam Brent Fladmo
Jun 3, 1983
Sunfish, Green
0.84 lbs
Hickson’s PondBette Schmieding
May 25, 2009
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed
0.96 lbs
Upper Thompson Lake Nathan Bache
Jul 30, 2006
Tiger Muskellunge
38.75 lbs
Deadman’s Basin
Reservoir
Leo Cantin
Sep 2, 2011
Trout, Brook
9.06 lbs
Two Medicine Lake,
Lower
 John R. Cook
1940
Trout, Brown
32.42 lbs
Marias RiverRobbie Dockter
Mar 3, 2021
Trout, Bull
25.63 lbs
Not SpecifiedJames Hyer
1916
Trout, Cutthroat
16 lbs
Red Eagle LakeWm. D. Sands
1955
Trout, Golden
5.43 lbs
Cave LakeMike Malixi
Jul 16, 2000
Trout, Lake
42.69 lbs
Flathead LakeRuth Barber
Jun 23, 2004
Trout, Rainbow
33.1 lbs
Kootenai River,
David Thompson Bridge
Jack G. Housel, Jr.
Aug 11, 1997
Trout, Rainbow-Cutthroat
(Hybrid)
30.25 lbs
Ashely LakePat Kelley
May 16, 1982
Trout, Tiger
4.04 lbs
Bear LakeJoe Sobczak
Feb 9, 1997
Walleye
18.02 lbs
Holter LakeTrevor Johnson
May 10, 2021
Whitefish, Lake
10.46 lbs
Flathead LakeSwan T. McDonald V
Aug 26, 2006
Whitefish, Mountain
5.11 lbs
Hauser ReservoirWalt Goodman
Oct 10, 2007
Whitefish, Pygmy
0.36 lbs
Little Bitterroot LakeRichard Geldrich
Feb 13, 2010
Yellow Perch
2.39 lbs
Lower Stillwater LakeJosh Emmert
Feb 19, 2006
Source: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

If you think you might have just broken a state record listed above, be sure to do the following:

  • Act quickly so your catch doesn’t lose weight. Definitely don’t clean it. Keep it cool, preferably on ice, but don’t freeze it or let it dry out.
  • Take a photograph of the fish.
  • Weigh your fish on a certified scale. Your best bet at finding one is at a grocery store, or maybe a hardware store. Have a store employee sign an affidavit that the weight you submit is accurate.
  • Contact your nearest FWP office so a biologist or other qualified employee can positively identify the species. Find your nearest FWP office.
  • Fill out and submit the Montana Fish Record Form, available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Fish Records page.