GREAT FALLS – Spring weather is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Wadsworth Park, just outside of Great Falls, is poised to offer plenty of outdoor activities after undergoing many improvements over the years
Wadsworth Park is beginning to see more traffic with better weather. There is also an increased wildlife including the fish population. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the fishing is the best it’s been in years.
More than 900 fish were transferred last year and they are encouraging the public to enjoy it. In the meantime, the fish are thriving – and rumor has it there are some sizeable fish in there.
FWP Education Manager Dave Hagengruber says a lot has gone into improving the park and the quality has gone up.
“The fish are numerous and that is really important. The chance to catch a fish instead of trying to catch the biggest fish, although there are some big fish here too,” Hagengruber said. “This spring they tested walleye up to 8 pounds, which is quite a lot. It’s a good, diverse fishery, it’s close to town and it’s actually a little bit better quality than it’s been in a while, which is really nice to see.”
FWP said in a press release:
Improved management of Wadsworth Pond water levels by the West Great Falls Flood District and the City of Great Falls has resulted in improved water volume and quality, which has allowed fish populations to recover from previous years. In 2021, large numbers of walleye were sampled, including several fish over 8lbs, and the department transferred about 900 pre-spawning yellowfish to help restore the population. With improved water levels, Wadsworth Pond fishing is at its best in years and we encourage local anglers to get out and enjoy this urban fishery.
Many people have already used the land this spring. Whether kayaking or walking their dogs, many locals see why Wadsworth is worth the short trip.
Don Blatt is a local who brings his dogs with him on weekends when he can. They all get fresh air and exercise and enjoy the great outdoors just ten minutes from his home.
“A bit of nature just minutes from the city. This is just a nice recreation whether you’re walking around or playing on the shore. People should enjoy it here. So it’s good for people to go out, go in, move. But the dogs are definitely enjoying it,” said Blatt.
Wadsworth Pond is just outside the city limits on the west side, along Wilkinson Lane off 34th Street NW.