Fishing at Benton Lake Wetland Management District

A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

Limited fishing opportunities exist on a few waterfowl production areas in the district. Anglers concentrate their efforts on either northern pike or trout fishing. Fishing season is in accordance with state regulations. Access is limited to foot travel unless otherwise posted for a specific waterfowl production area waterfowl production area
Waterfowl production areas are small natural wetlands and grasslands within the National Wildlife Refuge System that provide breeding, resting and nesting habitat for millions of waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland birds and other wildlife. Virtually all waterfowl production areas are in the Prairie Pothole Region states of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Waterfowl Production Areas are open to fishing in accordance with State regulations; however, fishing opportunities are very limited as most of our wetlands are shallow and do not support fish populations.

Arod Lakes WPA is the most popular fishing area in the District and contains sizeable populations of yellow perch and northern pike. Arod Lakes WPA is cooperatively managed with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. State provided facilities include a boat ramp that allows motorized boats, a small designated camping area, and a bathroom.  Limited motorized vehicle access to Middle and Round Lake is allowed for ice fishing from January 2nd to March 31st.

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