Bighorn River

Hardin, Montana

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Prior to 1968, a fishing guide probably would not even mention the Bighorn River, but the building of the Yellowtail Dam created an exceptional tail-water fishery. Today, outdoor writers label it as possibly the best trophy trout fishery in the lower forty-eight states. And the word is out. Even on an early spring day in April, there might be over 100 boats on the upper 13 miles of river in one day. The consistent good fishing provided by stable cool water flows from the dam bring anglers in large numbers to the Bighorn year-round. Key species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, golden eye, burbot, smallmouth bass, catfish.
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Fishing Montana

by Michael Sample (Falcon Guides)

Prior to 1968, a fishing guide probably would not even mention the Bighorn River, but the building of the Yellowtail Dam created an exceptional tail-water fishery. Today, outdoor writers label it as possibly the best trophy trout fishery in the lower forty-eight states. And the word is out.

Even on an early spring day in April, there might be over 100 boats on the upper 13 miles of river in one day. The consistent good fishing provided by stable cool water flows from the dam bring anglers in large numbers to the Bighorn year-round. Key species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, golden eye, burbot, smallmouth bass, catfish.

©  Michael Sample/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Hardin
Local Contacts: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area; Grant Marsh Game Management Area
Local Maps: DeLorme Montana Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Bighorn River

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