Fishing

 

It's no secret that the Bozeman area is a fisherman's dreamland, with five major rivers, innumerable streams, and abundant alpine lakes. You could dedicate a lifetime to exploring the area - and many people do. Find more info at the Montana Fish, Wildife & Parks web page.

Featured video

Madison River, Royal Wulff Cripple, fly tying
Jimmy Armijo-Grover
Tying the Royal Wulff Cripple.  Read more >>
Paddleboard Fishing
Mike England
Fishing and hunting by paddleboard. Read more >>
Motorcycle Fishing, Tobacco Roots Mountains, Montana
Pogge, Drew
Backcountry fishing by motorbike.  Read more >>
Fishing, Road Dreams, Story
Reed, Tom
Fishing for stories. Read more >>
the editors
At its most basic level, fishing requires a line, a hook, and a lure, three items attainable for under five bucks. How, then, has the industry grown into a billion-dollar one, and how, then, did anglers spend over $900,000,000 in Montana alone in 2014? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Read more >>
Floating Montana Rivers
Garcia, Mike
A guide to finding your ideal boat. Read more >>
Trout Headwaters Inc,, Montana Rivers
Trout Headwaters
Federal policy could drive investment in Montana. Read more >>
Ruby River
Thomas, Jr., E. Donnall
Fighting for access to the Ruby River. Read more >>
Fishing Pollutants, Montana Fly fishing
Brayton, Lea
You may be doing more damage than you think. Read more >>
crampons, fishing wading, anti-slip traction
Howlett, David
Wading out to my favorite fishing spots has always been a precarious operation, and the swift currents, slippery banks, and mossy rocks of Montana’s rivers have left me upended and soaked more times than I’d like to admit. Read more >>
Fishing with dogs, dogs, fishing, Bozeman
Reed, Tom
Fishing with dogs. Read more >>
Stream access law, Montana fishing, property rights
Zundel, Brent
A history of Montana's stream access law. Read more >>
Lavold, Susann
Uncovered in the high country Read more >>
Hobie Mirage Revolution 13
England, Mike
Hands-free boating for summer adventures. Read more >>
Cast Fishing Guide
Frost, Mick
There’s no shortage of recreational guides out there, but how often do they help anyone but novices? When was the last time you, self-respecting Bozemaniac and expert outdoorsman that you are, found anything original or useful in one? Read more >>
Leach, Michael
In a rapidly growing western landscape, the ability to assimilate into the local culture is a skill and even a gift. Read more >>
native trout, bozeman trout, Outside Bozeman, catch-and-kill
Jeff Kershner
Restoring native trout through catch-and-kill.  Read more >>
Bozeman, anglers, fish bro
Niall Clancy
A rundown of Bozeman-area anglers.  Read more >>
Ruby River, Seyler Lane, PLWA
Kathryn Qannayahu
Montana has some of the most enviable access laws of any state in the Union, and indeed, of any trout fishery in the world Read more >>
  • Fly

    Gallatin River, Fly Fishing, Gallatin River Guides
    David Tucker
    A mini-vacation along the Gallatin.  Read more >>
    Montana Fly Fishing, Yellowstone River
    Dan Gigone
    It's easier to see clearly when you know where to look.  Read more >>
    Lower Madison River, Fishing montana, fly fishing, floating
    John Way
    The lower Madison in spring. Spring is a tricky season for the angler: weather is unpredictable, fish are elusive, and stream flows are in constant flux. Finding a waterway worthy of your time and effort can be challenging, but where there’s a will there’s a way. Read more >>
    Fly Tying, Bozeman Fly Fishing, Drake-a-Nator
    Jeff Hostetler
    Saving your fishing universe.  Read more >>
    Pioneer Bar, Virginia City Montana, Madison River, Bear Trap Canyon
    Fedorka, John
    Trophy trout, heavy-handed cops, and small-town hospitality. A Madison River fishing story. Kind of. Read more >>
  • Spin

    bait fishing, fishing bait, fishing in Montana, old-fashioned fishing
    England, Mike
    Bait fishing basics Read more >>
    Marabou Jig, fishing lure, spin fishing, fishing in Montana
    Dehmer, Kurt
    Top five lures for every tackle box  Read more >>
    Pogge, Drew
    I am not a disciple of Norman Maclean. To say it another way: I’m not a fly fisherman. Fly fishing is fine and dandy, but I’m more of an eater than a fisher. Fishing is something I do to provide myself with juicy, succulent meat, and that’s pretty much where the romance ends. Read more >>
    Reuss, Dave
    88%: trout’s chance of survival if exhaustively exercised62%: trout’s chance of survival if exhaustively exercised and held out of the water for 30 seconds Read more >>
  • Ice

    Winter Poetry, Montana Poetry
    Jelinski, Jack
    The ancient ritual is unknown to all but a chosen few,the strong, the bold, and the exceedingly bravewho tempt fate upon the frozen wasteswhere death awaitsin a final, terrible, dead-frozen grave.  Read more >>
    Reed, Molly
    Think fishing competitions are only for the summer? Think again—here are three ice-fishing derbies around southwest Montana this winter.January 26-27Lions Club Perch Ice Fishing Derby, Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Townsend January 26 Read more >>
    Lewis, Jimmy
    The true force behind ice fishing is that it is better than no fishing at all. –Jim Harrison, “Ice Fishing, the Moronic Sport” Read more >>
    Barnes, Alyssa
    Hemingway once said, “Anyone can be a fisherman in May.” Fortunately for those of us in the Madison Valley, it’s pretty easy to be a fisherman the other 11 months of the year as well. Yes, even in January. All you need are a few simple tools, some warm clothes, and an open mind. Read more >>
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