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Out and About: Take those kids fishing!

Posted at 9:15 AM, Apr 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 14:08:54-04

MISSOULA - Are you looking for activities for you and your family this weekend?

We have you covered in a new MTN segment we call Out and About.

Temperatures are warming up, the days are getting longer and the ice is melting off our lakes and ponds so, it's time to grab the family and head out to enjoy all the fishing opportunities that Montana has to offer.

After a long cold winter maybe your fishing plans got put on hold for a bit. If you have younger kids just getting out on the ice didn’t seem like a great option, but now we are warming up, so it's time to head back out.

For people with younger kids, there are three main factors that are going to ensure a good fishing trip. Number 1, easy access, not too long of a hike. Number 2, close by and not too long of a drive. Number 3, a good chance of catching some fish.

There’s a wide variety right in the Missoula area for both kids and families. We have Frenchtown Pond at Frenchtown State Park which is a great place to fish for a variety of species. We have McCormick Park which is the Missoula Kids Pond. That’s right in the middle of town, excellent opportunities for kids. Then we have Beavertail Pond which is one of our more popular fisheries. Which offers a wide variety of species. So those are the immediate areas, but we have several throughout the region," explained Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Fisheries Manager Pat Saffel.

So, if you're not in the Missoula area — or you’re taking a trip to an unfamiliar part of the state, or are just not very good at catching fish — the best place to find all your fishing information is at

“We really like to steer people to fish MT, which is a website that has stocking information, different regulations on different species in these locations. So that is a one-stop place to better understand what the fishing opportunities are at all these locations," Saffel said.

So grab your pole, head to your favorite fishing spot, and begin making memories that will last forever.