Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is a great way to enjoy the winter months in Montana. When smaller lakes and sheltered bays of larger lakes freeze over one will find people out on the ice with rod and reel. There are 3 organized fishing derbies that occur on the Kootenai, they are:

Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby occuring in mid-January on the chain of lakes in the Libby Area.

McGregor Lake Resort Fishing Derby occuring in late February on McGregor Lake in the Libby Area.

Ryan Wagner Memorial Scholarship Ice Fishing Derby occuring in late February on Murphy Lake in the Tobacco Plains Area.

For a complete list of fishing derbies in Montana see the Fish, Wildlife and Parks site.


Ice Fishing Areas

  • Clark Fork River Area area description
  • Fisher River Area area description
  • Logan State Park
  • McGregor Lake Campground
  • Koocanusa Area area description
  • Libby Area area description
  • Tobacco Area area description
  • Yaak Area area description
Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/kootenai/recreation/fishing/?recid=43369&actid=44