Favorite local fishing holes that the kids will never forget


Vanessa & Paul Hunt


This post is sponsored by Take Me Fishing ™, but all opinions are my own.

While we were in Montana, we knew we wanted to spend some time fishing. The kids love to fish and we all love to be on the water. There are fishing signs around Montana and hundreds of fishing shops, outfitters, and guides.

We even visited the Montana State Historical Society museum, which featured an entire exhibit about fishing in Montana using antique fishing rods, tackle, and artwork.

During our stay in Helena, we used the Take Me Fishing ™ website to find the best fishing and boating spot through the 2017 list of Best Family Friendly Places to Fish and Boating. The list features the best spots across the country, chosen by celebrities, athletes, and experts in fishing and boating. They also offer an interactive map, a great tool that can help you find the best fishing and boating spots near you. It just so happened that we were only minutes away from one of these great places, Canyon Ferry.

Canyon Ferry is an artificial reservoir crossed by the Missouri and teeming with rainbow trout, pike, burbot and pikeperch.

We went down to the reservoir and bought our fishing licenses. You can also purchase them direct in the state where you fish from Take Me Fishing ™ before you set off. In some states, children under the age of 12 do not require a license.

We hired a guide to get us on the boat and teach us how to fish at Canyon Ferry. Each of us had a line and we went along in the boat until we got our #FirstCatch of the day! Our guide even had a neat sonar machine that showed us where the fish were. We used bait and drove slowly around Canyon Ferry. The kids loved keeping an eye on the sonar machine and looking for fish.

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About an hour later, Jackson felt his line jolt. He reeled it in and was the first to catch a fish. We used the Fish Identifier tool on Take Me Fishing ™ before researching what fish we could catch here. He caught a rainbow trout about 30 cm long and the look of excitement and achievement on his face was just adorable. He will never forget that! He kept shouting, “I caught a fish, I caught a fish, it’s my first fish!”

About 20 minutes later, the girls caught two small pikeperch that were about 6 inches long. You have to be careful with the pikeperch because those top fins are really poky! Our guide said that he always throws back the really small fish because they are young and also the really big fish because they spawn.

Amelie wanted to keep the fish forever but we put it back as we didn’t have a kitchen to cook it on this trip and the pikeperch were really small. Ethan suggested we cook them in the hotel microwave. Yum!

We spent about three hours driving around Canyon Ferry. We loved being on the water and learning how to catch and identify fish. Abbi brought a book and we thought this would be a good idea for the next time. As exciting as the fishing is, there can be some waiting. Still, it’s great to have this great time on the water together!

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We hope to find more time fishing and boating while we are in Alaska next month. It was a great experience for us as a family and educational at the same time. We can’t wait to go back!

Did you take your kids fishing? If you think about it, this is where you can start: Fishing With Kids: Six Steps To Success. When you go, be sure to tag your social posts with #FirstCatch to share your own fishing trips with us!

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Vanessa & Paul Hunt

Vanessa & Paul Hunt

Vanessa and Paul Hunt are a married couple who travel full-time with their four children around the world and attend the world school. They love to live a life full of adventure and learn all they can together.