Montpelier Reservoir

Bear Lake Basin

  • Recommended Fishing Water

Montpelier Reservoir in Bear Lake County is 131.4 acres at an elevation of 6,519 feet above sea level.

This is a 131 acre reservoir in the hills east of Montpelier at 6500 elevation. It has very basic facilities, but offers a variety of fish species in a peaceful rural setting.
From Montpelier, travel east on Clay Street (Montpelier Canyon Rd/HW89) about 7 miles. Turn left (north) on Crow Creek Road and go 0.5 miles to the dam.

Facilities

Motor Restriction
Yes
Boat Ramp
Yes
Dock
Yes
Toilet
No
Campground
No
ADA Access
No

Recommended Game Fish

Fish Species Observed in Surveys since 1990

Fish Stocking Records

Date Species Quantity General Size Location
10/9/2018 Tiger Trout 1,800 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/25/2018 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/7/2018 Tiger Trout 1,001 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/22/2018 Kokanee 3,044 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/8/2018 Rainbow Trout 3,500 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/12/2017 Rainbow Trout 900 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/13/2017 Tiger Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/30/2017 Kokanee 6,010 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/1/2017 Rainbow Trout 4,501 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/6/2016 Tiger Trout 434 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/26/2016 Rainbow Trout 920 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/31/2016 Kokanee 6,007 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/16/2016 Rainbow Trout 4,500 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/15/2015 Rainbow Trout 896 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/28/2015 Kokanee 6,016 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/6/2015 Rainbow Trout 7,534 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/11/2014 Rainbow Trout 1,508 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/27/2014 Kokanee 6,038 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/1/2014 Rainbow Trout 7,504 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/9/2013 Rainbow Trout 503 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/28/2013 Kokanee 6,051 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/2/2013 Rainbow Trout 7,498 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/10/2012 Rainbow Trout 1,813 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/29/2012 Kokanee 5,928 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/7/2012 Rainbow Trout 7,500 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/19/2011 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/16/2011 Kokanee 6,009 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/31/2011 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/7/2010 Rainbow Trout 3,003 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/21/2010 Kokanee 6,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/10/2010 Rainbow Trout 9,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/8/2009 Rainbow Trout 3,009 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/26/2009 Kokanee 7,003 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/15/2009 Rainbow Trout 10,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/24/2008 Rainbow Trout 3,045 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/27/2008 Rainbow Trout 9,900 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/22/2008 Kokanee 5,998 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/17/2007 Rainbow Trout 2,250 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/17/2007 Kokanee 6,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/6/2006 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/30/2006 Kokanee 9,450 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/2/2006 Rainbow Trout 4,495 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/1/2006 Rainbow Trout 4,805 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/6/2005 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/31/2005 Kokanee 6,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/9/2005 Rainbow Trout 10,260 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/1/2004 Rainbow Trout 9,918 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/10/2004 Rainbow Trout 10,065 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/4/2004 Rainbow Trout 3,600 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/7/2003 Rainbow Trout 8,340 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/5/2003 Rainbow Trout 3,662 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/23/2002 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/23/2002 Rainbow Trout 6,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/4/2001 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/27/2001 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/3/2000 Cutthroat Trout 12,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/3/2000 Rainbow Trout 1,600 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/19/1999 Rainbow Trout 2,940 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/18/1999 Rainbow Trout 9,060 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/11/1999 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/19/1998 Kokanee 1,500 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/3/1998 Cutthroat Trout 1,365 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/2/1998 Cutthroat Trout 6,300 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/7/1998 Rainbow Trout 2,750 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/16/1997 Cutthroat Trout 6,580 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/14/1997 Cutthroat Trout 6,650 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/4/1997 Rainbow Trout 3,750 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/27/1997 Kokanee 3,825 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/10/1996 Cutthroat Trout 11,660 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/2/1996 Kokanee 3,350 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/19/1995 Rainbow Trout 1,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/17/1995 Kokanee 6,118 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/3/1995 Rainbow Trout 3,100 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/19/1994 Cutthroat Trout 5,750 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/18/1994 Kokanee 6,400 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/3/1994 Cutthroat Trout 12,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/2/1993 Rainbow Trout 450 Adults Montpelier Reservoir
9/24/1993 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/2/1993 Rainbow Trout 500 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/2/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/15/1993 Kokanee 2,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/7/1993 Rainbow Trout 602 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/1/1993 Rainbow Trout 1,400 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/18/1992 Rainbow Trout 4,060 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
3/24/1992 Rainbow Trout 1,990 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/1/1991 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/22/1991 Rainbow Trout 2,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/9/1990 Cutthroat Trout 1,250 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/9/1990 Rainbow Trout 4,030 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/8/1989 Rainbow Trout 620 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/7/1989 Rainbow Trout 1,380 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/10/1989 Rainbow Trout 5,004 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/11/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,073 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/11/1988 Rainbow Trout 1,073 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/7/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,960 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/7/1988 Rainbow Trout 3,960 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/20/1988 Rainbow Trout 5,120 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/1/1987 Rainbow Trout 690 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/31/1987 Rainbow Trout 4,370 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/14/1987 Rainbow Trout 3,410 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
4/13/1987 Rainbow Trout 1,690 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/20/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,008 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/15/1986 Rainbow Trout 2,990 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/9/1986 Rainbow Trout 5,060 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/11/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,040 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/20/1985 Rainbow Trout 2,980 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/29/1985 Rainbow Trout 810 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/8/1985 Rainbow Trout 4,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/20/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,004 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/14/1984 Rainbow Trout 5,512 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/9/1983 Rainbow Trout 5,085 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/18/1983 Rainbow Trout 4,920 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/22/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,150 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/16/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,360 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/12/1982 Rainbow Trout 3,567 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/6/1981 Rainbow Trout 2,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/8/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/7/1981 Rainbow Trout 3,700 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/16/1980 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/23/1980 Rainbow Trout 4,700 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/9/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,510 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/8/1979 Rainbow Trout 6,970 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
6/1/1979 Cutthroat Trout 50,700 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/21/1979 Rainbow Trout 4,025 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/9/1978 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/6/1978 Rainbow Trout 3,400 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/4/1978 Rainbow Trout 1,700 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
10/4/1978 Rainbow Trout 2,500 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/4/1978 Rainbow Trout 4,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
11/15/1977 Rainbow Trout 2,530 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/3/1977 Rainbow Trout 5,610 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/13/1976 Cutthroat Trout 50,700 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/5/1976 Rainbow Trout 2,970 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/4/1976 Rainbow Trout 4,050 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/23/1975 Cutthroat Trout 51,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/24/1975 Rainbow Trout 204 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/15/1975 Rainbow Trout 4,800 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
7/30/1974 Cutthroat Trout 50,400 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/17/1974 Rainbow Trout 2,016 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
9/24/1973 Rainbow Trout 24,860 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
8/11/1973 Cutthroat Trout 52,500 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/11/1973 Rainbow Trout 3,000 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/9/1973 Rainbow Trout 2,400 Adults Montpelier Reservoir
7/20/1972 Cutthroat Trout 50,000 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/16/1972 Rainbow Trout 5,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/21/1971 Cutthroat Trout 25,050 Less than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/18/1971 Rainbow Trout 5,760 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
5/17/1971 Rainbow Trout 3,200 Greater than 6 inches Montpelier Reservoir
Source: IDFG Fish Stocking Database.

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Fishing Rules

All Waters Open All Year

Except as modified in Special Rule Waters
Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.

Daily Bag Limits

Regional bag and possession limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The possession limit is 3-times the daily bag limit after the second day of the season.

Special Rules

Montpelier Reservoir
  • Electric motors only
Southeast Region Bag Limits
Bass (largemouth and smallmouth)
  • Bass limit is 6, both species combined
  • None under 14 inches
Brook Trout
  • Brook trout limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for brook trout
Cisco (Bear Lake only)
  • Cisco limit is 30
Kokanee
  • Kokanee limit is 6
Sturgeon
  • Sturgeon limit is 0, catch-and-release
  • Sturgeon must not be removed from the water and must be released upon landing
  • Barbless hooks and sliding sinkers are required (see fishing regulations for details)
Tiger Muskie
  • Tiger Muskie limit is 2, none under 40 inches
Trout includes brown trout, lake trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, trout hybrids
  • Trout limit is 6, all species combined
  • In rivers and streams, only 2 of the 6 trout may be cutthroat trout
  • Does not include bull trout and brook trout which are listed separately
Whitefish
  • Whitefish limit is 25
  • Harvest allowed during any open season unless otherwise noted under Special Rules - if gear or bait restrictions are listed, they must be followed when fishing for whitefish
Protected Nongame Fish includes leatherside chub, bluehead sucker and Bear Lake sculpin
  • May not be harvested or possessed
All Other Fish Species includes bullfrogs and crayfish
  • No bag, size or possession limit
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