Montana, the Big Sky state as you might imagine has some fabulous fishing. It is world renowned for fly fishing in it beautiful rivers and lakes. I will list some of my favorite fishing spots in Montana, please don’t tell too many people 🙂
This tiny but very spring creek is full of aggressive brown fish that average 14 inches with the larger size at 20″. The spring fed creek is what big sky country is all about with sweeping vistas and no signs of people.
I also fish many other rivers, streams and lakes on the same county but I often spend just a few hours at Basin Spring before moving on to explore other mountain streams or a a lower elevation stream in the same day.
For fishermen that want to be totally off the beaten path while fly fishing in some beautiful scenery. Keep in mind here you will be better off fishing here with a kayak and since the water is fairly deep using one of the better kayak fish finders available will help immeasurably.
Glacier National Park
North Fork Portion Of The Flathead River
The North Fork river forms the east boundary of Glacier Park and is a known for two endangered fish, Bull and Westslope Cutthroat Trout. The state is working hard to maintain habitat for these 2 threatened species, including paying for the removing of mining rights on the Canadian headwaters. There are plenty of good fishing spots and amazing beauty for fishermen who make the trip. The North Fork’s best fishing areas will require some serious hiking for those who want to fish the waters.
One of the 3 parts of the river that form the Missouri River, the Gallatin River offers many varities of water and amazing scenery. Being close to Bozeman and the town of Big Sky give you excellent river access. Most of the river is closed for boat fishing, so you will need wade these waters. Once the river exits the canyon, it slows down and runs through private property, to fish these productive areas you will need to get permission from the owner.
You will have trouble going wrong at any of these places. Good luck!