State record: 8 pounds 4.64 ounces, Adam Nelson, 6/11/99, Many Lakes
Best water: Noxon Rapids Reservoir. "It's a run-of-the-river reservoir, nearly 40 miles long and over 8,000 acres. Habitat is riverine at the head and more pondlike near the dam. Most derbies will produce bass in the 5- to 6-pound range-which is good for Montana."-Jim Bashro, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Contact: MFWP, 406-444-2535
Sleeper: Fort Peck Reservoir, Missouri drainage. "Fort Peck is huge, nearly 250,000 acres, and remote, about 50 to 100 miles from most towns. It's very challenging to fish, but it can really reward you on the good days."
Contact: Missouri River Outpost, 406-526-3231