Stillwater Adventures

Clark Canyon Reservoir

Not too many places in the country can say they have access to blue ribbon trout steams AND highly sought after Stillwater fishing adventures in the same region.  Luckily for us, that’s exactly what we have.

Located just 20 minutes from Expedition Lodge sits the highly productive Clark Canyon Reservoir.  Filled with rainbow and brown that that regularly strip line all the way to the backing, the variety of fishing techniques are enough to test the most accomplished angler.  In addition to monster trout, Clark Canyon holds good numbers of Ling, and Carp.

2016-04-10 16.08.55-12Accessed by drift or motor boat, we start the day just before dawn as we search for big trout cruising the shallow reeds digging up the lake bottom in search of leaches, minnows, and crawfish.  It’s spot and stalk all the way.  Find the fish, maneuver the boat, make the cast.  Precession is key.  Once hooked, it’s almost like flats fishing as the angler works to keep the running fish out of the willow branches and muck.  Adrenaline is high, and so is the reward.

As the sun climbs, we move out off the shore and fish the old Red Rock River channel for rainbow and brown trout that hungrily feed on rising chironomids.  During the peak of the summer hatch, it’s not uncommon to boat more than 50 fish per day.

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For those looking for an even greater challenge, our guides can take you in search of Carp that feed in pods of 5 to 50 along the submerged willows.  Make no mistake, this is not an easy endeavor.  Spooky, picky, and downright passive on most bugs thrown their direction, hooking into one of these beasts that can easily go 15lbs is a highly sought after prize.

Just another option, and another reason to love southwest Montana.