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.

  • #1 Glacier National Park

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    West Glacier, MT

    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. ...
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    Glacier National Park is best known for its spectacular scenery, wildlife, and backcountry hiking opportunities. Nearly 1.5 ...

  • #2 Slough Creek Drainage

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    Cooke City, MT

    This eTrail contains information on Lake Abundance, Slough Creek (Headwaters to Silvertip Ranch, Silvertip Ranch to Lamar River), McBride Lake, and Buffalo Creek.
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    This eTrail contains information on Lake Abundance, Slough Creek (Headwaters to Silvertip Ranch, Silvertip Ranch to Lamar ...

  • #3 Duck Lake

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    Browning, MT

    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 ...
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    On the Blackfeet Indian Reservation just east of Glacier National Park, Duck Lake is one of Montana’s most famous lakes for ...

  • #4 Lamar River Drainage

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    Cooke City, MT

    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 ...
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    The Lamar River rises on the west flank of the Absaroka Range, which defines Yellowstone National Park’s eastern border. ...

  • #5 Firehole River Drainage from Madison Lake to Madison Junction

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    West Yellowstone, MT

    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. ...
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    From its source in Madison Lake, hard up against the Continental Divide under Trischman Knob, the Firehole flows northward ...

  • #6 Flathead Lake

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    Polson, MT

    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 ...
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    All of Montana’s other lakes and reservoirs, natural or man-made, pale in comparison to western Montana’s famed Flathead ...

  • #7 Yellowstone River Drainage from Chittenden Bridge to the Lamar Confluence

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    Cooke City, MT

    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 ...
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    The Yellowstone River flows northward 15 miles through its spectacular Grand Canyon, downstream from Chittenden Bridge. People ...

  • #8 Blackfoot River

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    Ovando, MT

    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 ...
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    Made famous by Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It, the Blackfoot is a national treasure. Winding its way through tall, ...

  • #9 Clark Canyon Reservoir

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    Dillon, MT

    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 ...
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    Clark Canyon Reservoir is a large, 6,600-acre reservoir that was created by construction of Clark Canyon Dam on the headwaters ...

  • #10 Gallatin River Drainage from Headwaters to Taylor Fork

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    Big Sky, MT

    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 ...
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    The Gallatin River rises high on the north flank of Three Rivers Peak in northwest Yellowstone National Park. Lewis and Clark ...

  • #11 Browns Lake

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    Ovando, MT

    Browns Lake is a shallow lake in an open sagebrush area and therefore unique among western Montana’s lakes. Public camping facilities, including toilets and a boat ramp, are available at the ...
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    Browns Lake is a shallow lake in an open sagebrush area and therefore unique among western Montana’s lakes. Public camping ...

  • #12 Yellowstone River Drainage from Lamar Confluence to Yankee Jim Canyon

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    Gardiner, MT

    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. ...
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    From its confluence with the Lamar River and 35 miles downstream to the head of Yankee Jim Canyon, the Yellowstone River ...

  • #13 Ashley Lake

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    Kalispell, MT

    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 ...
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    Ashley Lake, a large, 3,200-acre lake, achieved notoriety in the early 1980s by yielding the state and world record hybrid ...

  • #14 Gardner River Drainage

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    Gardiner, MT

    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 ...
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    Both the Gardner River and Gardiner, the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, take their name from mountain man Johnson ...

  • #15 Madison River Drainage

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    West Yellowstone, MT

    Madison Junction to Hebgen Dam The Madison is the middle of three rivers (along with the Gallatin and the Jefferson) that join to form the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark named the river after ...
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    Madison Junction to Hebgen Dam The Madison is the middle of three rivers (along with the Gallatin and the Jefferson) that ...

  • #16 Hungry Horse Reservoir

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    Martin City, MT

    Hungry Horse Reservoir is one of the few large Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs that boasts a naturally reproducing trout population; in fact, it produces some of the best “lake” fishing in Montana. ...
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    Hungry Horse Reservoir is one of the few large Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs that boasts a naturally reproducing trout ...

  • #17 Deadmans Basin Reservoir

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    Shawmut, MT

    Deadmans Basin Reservoir is a designated fishing access site. It is a 1,900-acre Musselshell River bottom reservoir that reaches a depth of 64 feet at its deepest point. This is a rather bleak ...
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    Deadmans Basin Reservoir is a designated fishing access site. It is a 1,900-acre Musselshell River bottom reservoir that ...

  • #18 Gibbon River Drainage

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    West Yellowstone, MT

    The Gibbon River rises on the south flank of the Washburn Range, flowing out of Grebe Lake. The Hayden survey of 1872 named the river for General John Gibbon, who was then touring in the park. ...
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    The Gibbon River rises on the south flank of the Washburn Range, flowing out of Grebe Lake. The Hayden survey of 1872 named ...

  • #19 Canyon Ferry Reservoir

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    Helena, MT

    Fifteen miles east of the copper dome of the Montana capitol in Helena lies one of Montana’s most popular fishing holes, 25-mile Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Covering 35,300 acres, this Missouri River ...
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    Fifteen miles east of the copper dome of the Montana capitol in Helena lies one of Montana’s most popular fishing holes, ...

  • #20 McGregor Lake

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    Marion, MT

    The best angling at McGregor Lake occurs in spring, early summer, and through the ice in winter. The lake has a good self-sustaining population of lake trout and is stocked by FWP with rainbow ...
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    The best angling at McGregor Lake occurs in spring, early summer, and through the ice in winter. The lake has a good self-sustaining ...