Big Sky country is known for its picturesque surroundings, beautiful rivers, and spectacular fishing. From the southern reaches of Montana into the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, the vibrant waterways in this region support populations of Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brook and Brown Trout as well as the native Arctic Grayling and Montana White Fish.
Where to Go
When it comes to Big Sky fishing, the angling possibilities are infinite. Rivers like the Madison offer legendary float fishing opportunities, while others like the Gallatin are prime wade fishing rivers. Float fishing is not permitted within Yellowstone, providing the wade fisherman with first dibs on the best runs and riffles. Additionally, many of the areas lakes provide excellent float tube, canoe and motor boat fishing.
Big Sky fishing is supported by the fact that many of the areas roadways parallel the regions’ rivers and lakes. The Gallatin and Madison Rivers wind alongside highways, providing excellent access. The infamous Hebgen Lake and lower Quake Lake are also flanked by highway. Dozens of small tributary streams and high mountain lakes such as Gallatin Lake, where the headwaters of the Gallatin begin, offer fishing off the beaten path for the angler looking for solitude.
The ideal excursion begins at local fly shops and outfitters. Knowledgeable staff and guide services can point you in the right direction, supply you with current flies, and take you on the adventure you will always remember.