Best Fishing in Montana

This list represents the most popular fishing in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park is best known for its spectacular scenery, wildlife, and backcountry hiking opportunities. Nearly 1.5 million visitors come to the park each year to experience its grandeur. Stra…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
West Glacier, MT - Fishing BestFishing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Yellowstone National Park Campgrounds


Camping in Yellowstone National Park can become a test of nerves for the unprepared. Each year the number of visitors grows, putting an even greater strain on the available camping. The increasing siz…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Gardiner, MT - Campgrounds
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#3. Slough Creek Drainage


This eTrail contains information on Lake Abundance, Slough Creek (Headwaters to Silvertip Ranch, Silvertip Ranch to Lamar River), McBride Lake, and Buffalo Creek.…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Cooke City, MT - Fishing
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#4. Billings Area Campgrounds


Most, if not all, of the campgrounds in this section are located in rugged mountain terrain. Camping is allowed at fishing accesses, however, the accesses are not all included in this section. The key…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Billings, MT - Campgrounds
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#5. Missoula Area Campgrounds


Missoula by far offers the greatest number of campgrounds for the area included. Most are found in heavily forested mountain valleys with clear-running, ice-cold mountain streams adjacent. Access road…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Missoula, MT - Campgrounds
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#6. Bozeman Area Campgrounds


This is a popular area with easier access and more modern conveniences. Campgrounds range from open-air flatlands along river bottoms to well-shaded units tucked away under a massive mountain. Rafting…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Bozeman, MT - Campgrounds
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#7. Great Falls Area Campgrounds


The Great Falls of the Missouri River stopped riverboats from going any farther upstream. Lewis and Clark visited the site on their historic trip and got to see it before the desire for electricity da…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Great Falls, MT - Campgrounds
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#8. West Yellowstone Area Campgrounds


Visitors from the Northwest will likely consider this the primary entrance for Yellowstone National Park. Snowcapped mountains, forested plateaus, and sagebrush flats mix into the whole for changing s…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
West Yellowstone, MT - Campgrounds
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#9. Duck Lake


On the Blackfeet Indian Reservation just east of Glacier National Park, Duck Lake is one of Montana’s most famous lakes for big rainbows. It is popular especially with fly fishers in the summer and ic…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
Browning, MT - Fishing
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#10. Lamar River Drainage


The Lamar River rises on the west flank of the Absaroka Range, which defines Yellowstone National Park’s eastern border. We are fortunate not to have to use the full moniker, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatu…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Cooke City, MT - Fishing
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#11. Yellowstone River Drainage from Chittenden Bridge to the Lamar Confluence


The Yellowstone River flows northward 15 miles through its spectacular Grand Canyon, downstream from Chittenden Bridge. People often mistakenly assume that the river and the park take their name from…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Cooke City, MT - Fishing
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#12. Livingston Area Campgrounds


The campgrounds in the Livingston area tend to be located on forgotten or unknown territory. The gravel roads accessing these gems don’t seem to be maintained very often. Such conditions tend to disco…
From the guidebook "Camping Montana"
Livingston, MT - Campgrounds
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#13. Firehole River Drainage from Madison Lake to Madison Junction


From its source in Madison Lake, hard up against the Continental Divide under Trischman Knob, the Firehole flows northward to its confluence with the Gibbon. The source of the name is not clear. Mount…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
West Yellowstone, MT - Fishing
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#14. Flathead Lake


All of Montana’s other lakes and reservoirs, natural or man-made, pale in comparison to western Montana’s famed Flathead Lake, called by many the “jewel of the Northwest.” It is the largest natural fr…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
Polson, MT - Fishing
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#15. Blackfoot River


Made famous by Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, the Blackfoot is a national treasure. Winding its way through tall, dark timber in western Montana, the Blackfoot River beckons anglers to over…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
Ovando, MT - Fishing
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#16. Clark Canyon Reservoir


Clark Canyon Reservoir is a large, 6,600-acre reservoir that was created by construction of Clark Canyon Dam on the headwaters of the Beaverhead River. Red Rock River to the southeast and Horse Prairi…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
Dillon, MT - Fishing
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#17. Yellowstone River Drainage from Lamar Confluence to Yankee Jim Canyon


From its confluence with the Lamar River and 35 miles downstream to the head of Yankee Jim Canyon, the Yellowstone River flows in a northwesterly direction through canyon and narrow valley country. Th…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Gardiner, MT - Fishing
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#18. Gallatin River Drainage from Headwaters to Taylor Fork


The Gallatin River rises high on the north flank of Three Rivers Peak in northwest Yellowstone National Park. Lewis and Clark named this easternmost of the three forks of the Missouri for Albert Galla…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Big Sky, MT - Fishing
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#19. Gardner River Drainage


Both the Gardner River and Gardiner, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, take their name from mountain man Johnson Gardner, who trapped the area around 1830. The spelling for the town may…
From the guidebook "Fishing Yellowstone National Park"
Gardiner, MT - Fishing
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#20. Ashley Lake


Ashley Lake, a large, 3,200-acre lake, achieved notoriety in the early 1980s by yielding the state and world record hybrid rainbow-cutthroat trout. In May 1982, Pat Kelly threw a small lure and a nigh…
From the guidebook "Fishing Montana"
Kalispell, MT - Fishing
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