This is a fishery that has fallen a bit of hard times recently. While at one time, it was an excellent rainbow trout fishery, it now carries mostly non-game fish. The game fish it does offer are mostly bass and pike fishing. However, it is not out of the ordinary to pick up a few rainbow trout, bull trout, cutthroat trout, and/or brook trout.
If fishing for bass target submerged roadbeds as well as the typical structures like weedbeds and stumps.
The area is located at a fairly low elevation - approximately 2200 ft. There are numerous camping options close to the lake.
During the Spring fishery, use plugs, spinners, and plastic worms (black, dark purple, etc.). As the season progresses, transition to tube jigs and continue with rubber worms - but in flashier colors.
Camping around Cabinet Gorge:
Cabinet Gorge RV Park
Cabinet Gorge RV Park and Campground has full pull-thru RV hookups, tent sites, laundry, and new bathrooms and showers that are handicapped accessible. There's also a payphone. A store, fishing and boating are close by. We have great fishing, hunting, hiking and water sports to enjoy year round.
Directions: Cabinet Gorge RV Park and Campground is located 5 miles west of Noxon, Montana at Bull River Junction Highway 200 and 56.
Cabinet Gorge RV Park Inc
30 Blue Jay Lane, Noxon, MT 59853
Big Eddy Campground
2200ft elevation. 3 picnic sites on Cabinet Gorge Reservoir with dispersed camping and overnight parking. Fishing for large and smallmouth bass, perch, and squawfish. Boating, sailing, and watersking in the lake. Trail from near the area climbs about 5 steep miles to Squaw Peak, where there is a historic fire lookout in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Hunting in season in the vicinity and great area for wildlife viewing.
From Noxon, go about 10 miles west on MT-200.
Address: Cabinet Ranger District
Kootenai National Forest
2693 Highway 200
Trout Creek, MT 59874