Canyon Ferry Lake is actually a reservoir located near Townsend, MT. I would NOT call it the prettiest lake due to that fact that most of the time it is low and shows large shorelines of sand, rock or cliff exposed around its edges.
It can be, however, a great place to fish!
I know that most people are all excited about the walleye, but the treasure for me and my kids is still the overlooked rainbow trout that grow regularly to 2-4 pounds, in large numbers.
Usually, for most of the year, my family is camping somewhere prettier during the summer months, but for a short time, when everything else is still under snow and too cold for my wife to entertain the thought of camping anywhere else, we camp on the shores of Canyon Ferry and fish for big rainbows.
They are not easy to catch, but with some experience and more than a little luck, you can have your fill of really hard fighting fish. My oldest son and I like to catch them on fly rods, witch even brings another element of excitement to the struggle if you like that kind of thing.
Watch the video to see what I mean. Be careful though. It may make you want to pick up a rod and head for the big water yourself!