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Bozeman
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Wolf Creek
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Butte
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Montana

According to customer reviews, Fishtales Outfitting – Yellowstone River, Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman, and Atlas Outfitting – Missoula are some of the most popular fishing charters in Montana. Full list of top fishing charters in Montana.

The average price for a private 8 hour Montana fishing trip is $693 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman and Atlas Outfitting – Missoula received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Montana.

The most popular fish species you can target are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead), and Cutthroat Trout. Top fishing techniques include Fly Fishing, Drift Fishing, and Light Tackle. River fishing, lake fishing, and inshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Montana fishing trips are great for anglers of all skill levels. There is year-round fishing here, and with 26 rivers, 30 large lakes, hundreds of small lakes, and countless tributaries, it’s no wonder that many Trout rivers in Montana have been awarded the acclaimed blue-ribbon status.

The Treasure State earned its nickname for the undisturbed waters, mountain ranges, and species of both native and non-native fish that call these waters home. In the mountain lakes, you can find both Golden Trout and Arctic Grayling. In fact, this is one of the few states where you can find Arctic Grayling, making it quite prestigious.

Fishing Spots

The geography of Montana offers a diversity for fishing rarely seen in one state. In some rivers, you can find both warmwater and coldwater species. This provides a lot of excitement and fun for anglers who head up to this northern state. Choose to go fishing the lakes in Montana, or spend your vacation fly fishing

Northern Region

There are a lot of lakes and rivers to choose from in the northern parts of Montana. As well as the major ones mentioned below, you can also fish at Kootenai River, Lake Elwell, Fresno Reservoir, Koocanusa, Mary Ronan, McGregor Lake, Swan Lake, and Whitefish Lake, among others. Up north, mountains and forests mix seamlessly with towns and resorts, making it a great spot for a fishing vacation.

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is huge – the shoreline itself covers 185 miles. Top catches include Kokanee Salmon, Yellow Perch, Mountain Whitefish, and Lake Trout. A whopping 40 lb Trout has been recorded from this lake. For Salmon, head toward Big Arm and Elmo Bay, whereas for Trout you’ll want to head toward Skidoo Bay and in the Angel area.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake is a great example of where warmwater and coldwater species can meet in one body of water. This deep lake is 10 miles long, and holds Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, and Yellow Perch.

Missouri River

A magnificent blue-ribbon Trout fisher runs from Holter Dam to Cascade. These 90 miles are heavily fished, and are notorious for their large Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Past Cascade you’ll find more Walleye than Trout, and further still you’ll catch Yellow perch, Channel Catfish, Burbot, and Sauger.

Canyon Ferry Lake

Unlike other isolated lakes in this area, Canyon Ferry Lake is just 15 miles from Helena, making it popular with locals – you’ll see them out and about during the warm weather. It’s a huge lake too, over 35 miles long. That’s plenty of space for Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, and Walleye.

Eastern Region

The eastern side of Montana is known for more warmwater species, such as Walleye, Catfish, and Smallmouth Bass.

Fort Peck Reservoir

Running for 130 miles, this reservoir is a great spot for Walleye, as well as 40 other species of fish. These include Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Sauger, and Yellow perch. A trip here will get you off the beaten path and in record-breaking waters.

Bighorn River

Another top spot for big Brown and Rainbow Trout is Bighorn River. You need to keep an eye on where you are, as this river runs through the Crow Indian Reservation, which anglers aren’t permitted to fish. There’s plenty of space where you are allowed to fish, however – 461 miles of river in fact! It’s still best to fish with a guide who knows where the fishing borders are.

Southern Region

As the saying goes, it’s quality, not quantity, and this really encapsulates fishing in the south of Montana. The lakes here are great for fly fishing, and many freeze over and can be used for ice fishing in the winter.

The Yellowstone River

Flowing from Yellowstone National Park, this is the longest free-flowing river in the US, running over 670 miles and winding its way through three states (Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming.) There are plenty of tributaries to fish too, such as Shields, Boulder, and Stillwater River. There are some deep sections along the river, especially up to Yankee Jim Canyon, great for Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brown Trout. After the “big bend” at Livingstone, the river becomes better suited for fly fishing for Trout. Past Billings, expect to see warmwater species such as Walleye, Paddlefish, Sauger, Catfish, Burbot, and Northern Pike.

Clark Canyon Reservoir

This 5,000 acre reservoir is heavily stocked each year with large and aggressive Rainbow Trout. It’s known for its excellent Trout. These waters are also excellent for fly fishing. You can reach this reservoir just off of Interstate 15.

Big Hole River

Surrounded by mountains and flowing for 150 miles is another blue-ribbon Trout river. The Big Hole River offers great fishing for Arctic Grayling in the upper mountain tributaries. Here you’ll also find Brook and Cutthroat Trout. Lower down you’ll find Rainbow and Brown Trout. If you’re fly fishing, head over during the hatch of spring salmonfly in June for an excellent trip.

Other top fisheries in southern Montana include Georgetown Lake, Gallatin River, Beaverhead River, Jefferson River, and Ruby River.

Western Region

The film “A River Runs Through It” made the Blackfoot River in western Montana famous. It has since had illegally stocked Northern Pike put into it, and sees a lot of tourists. Although you might want to swing by here, avid anglers will want to continue on.

Rock Creek

This 50-mile-long creek is a tributary of Clark Fork River, but is vastly different. With a blue-ribbon status, Rock Creek will see you reeling in Brook, Bull, Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout. Head over in June to catch the salmonfly hatch.

Montana Fishing Tips

  • The snow run-off is very important in Montana, and vastly changes the water levels of rivers and lakes. During the run-off season, use stronger leads for best results. Check with your guide about areas affected.

  • Good colors to use for lures when ice fishing are black, silver, pink, gold, and orange. Anglers can only have two lines in the water at once when ice fishing in Montana.

  • Vertical jigging is a popular technique in Montana. Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and minnows work well as bait. In Montana, it’s illegal to use Trout, Salmon, or Whitefish as bait.

Need to Know

The weather can reach highs of 86°F and lows of 15°F. Dress for the weather and you’ll be able to fish year-round comfortably.

Ask your guide about Hoot Owl regulations – these will prevent fishing on some rivers after 2:00 p.m.

Regulations

You will need a license when fishing in Montana. Depending on where you choose to fish will change the price of your license. Keep your license on you at all times. On most waters, you’ll also need a Conservation License.

Check with your guide if you need an additional Bull Trout Catch Card or a Paddlefish tag.

It’s time to book a fishing trip in Montana for the adventure of your life. You’ll come back time and time again, captivated by the natural beauty and bountiful lakes and rivers.

Montana
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Based on 27689 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

This can be the coldest month, with temperatures as low as 15°F. Don’t let that deter you, join in an ice fishing derby, they’re held across the state!

February

Join the Sportsmen’s Compass National Ice Fishing Contest, held in all legal waters. On land, watch the dog sled race in Whitefish.

March

This is the last month for many ice fishing derbies. Temperatures can reach highs of 47.6°F, so head to northern Montana if you’re craving colder weather.

April

This is a great month for Rainbow Trout, as they begin to spawn. Salmonfly nymphs hatch now, perfect for fly anglers.

May

May is a great month for catching Trout, and you’ll be happy to know there’s not too much fishing pressure across Montana. This is usually the last month for snow run-off.

June

A salmonfly hatch is a delicious meal for Trout, who come to the surface to feast. Anglers will have an easy time fishing in June.

July

This is peak fishing time, so arrive early to get the good spots. Join in the Women's Fishing Tournament at Fort Peck.

August

Fishing is still great across the board. Celebrate “Huckleberry Days” in Whitefish, a festival featuring food, a huge art show, and lots of events.

September

Join in the North American Indian Alliance Powwow – an annual celebration, with dancing, food, and music. There’s another hatch in September, making this a great fly fishing month.

October

Brown Trout will begin to get ready to spawn. Use streamers when fly fishing for best results.

November

As it gets colder, the fish get less active. Head out between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., when the waters are warmest.

December

Spend December ice fishing the lakes for Trout, or head into town for Christmas celebrations.

 

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YES, by all means. This is an absolutely beautiful River to enjoy a trip on. There are no water traps that might endanger you or a loved one. Ricks expert guiding will provide an exceptional experience long to be remembered!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
YES, by all means. This is an absolutely beautiful River to enjoy a trip on. There are no water traps that might endanger you or a loved one. Ricks expert guiding will provide an exceptional experience long to be remembered!
Ter  H.
Ter H. Dillon, Montana

Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Fishing charter in Missoula
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Our day on Blackfoot River with these guides was so great. We were rookies at fly fishing and they were so patient with us. I HIGHLY recommend working with Atlas Flagg Outfitters!!!
Lynn  H.
Lynn H. Tomball, TX
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Thank you, Aurrora!! We had the meat day and you were an amazing guide! Walter was so excited to catch fish and I loved the views!! Thanks for all the lessons and tips as Walter continues to learn more about fishing!
Amy  V.
Amy V. Grayslake, IL
Wild Ace Outfitters – Montana
Wild Ace Outfitters – Montana
Fishing charter in Ennis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Such a blast and great management (Austin), guide (Ethan) were awesome. Masters of their craft. I think all of the expenses broke even with the amount of lures we lost for them. Definitely recommend.
Noel  C.
Noel C. Bozeman, Montana
Full day fly fishing Big Hole River
Full day fly fishing Big Hole River
Fishing charter in Butte
Very good
4.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
The water was high high and fast, the wind troublesome but the browns and bows were large healthy and great fighters. The guide worked endlessly to match the nymphs with the fish's choices.
Richard  M.
Richard M. Philipsburg, MT
Fishtales Outfitting – Yellowstone River
Fishtales Outfitting – Yellowstone River
Fishing charter in Livingston
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
My husband & I had the fishing experience of a lifetime! We had never been fly fishing before. Our captain patiently showed us the tricks, expertly navigated the boat, and helped each step of the way. The views were incredible and fly fishing was awesome! We found it easy to catch fish & loved the entire process. Lunch was great & we felt well taken care of. This was trip was our “splurge” for ourselves and was worth every penny. We will absolutely do it again next year!
Sonya  M.
Sonya M. Magnolia, TX
Full day fly fishing Big Hole River
Full day fly fishing Big Hole River
Fishing charter in Butte
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
I had two incredible days on the Big Hole with LaMont Carter, couldn't ask for a better guide! Lots of fish to the boat both days, including several over 19 inches. If you're thinking about fishing the Big Hole, think FishTales and LaMont. You won't be disappointed.
Russell  K.
Russell K. Torrance, CA
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
Fishing charter in Ennis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
I planned a fishing trip for my dad’s birthday with River Knight Outfitters and we had a blast!! Fished a full day on the Missouri and a full day on the Blackfoot and we had an amazing time and caught some beautiful fish. Rick was a great guide! We caught our 1st rainbow trout within 30 seconds of fishing. He has extensive knowledge of the rivers and how to fish them and when you catch a fish, he gets just as excited about it as you do. Highly recommend booking with this outfitter.
Callan  J.
Callan J. Valparaiso, IN
Wild Ace Outfitters – Montana
Wild Ace Outfitters – Montana
Fishing charter in Ennis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(2 reviews)
Austin is a fantastic guide. We were new to fly fishing and he really helped us out. We fished 2 days with him on the Madison River. He rolled with the punches the weather was throwing us and did a great job putting us on fish. He made fly fishing fans of me and my dad both. We will definitely be back and will definitely use Austin again. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to book a Montana fly fishing trip.
Shane  B.
Shane B. Denver, Colorado
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
Fishing charter in Ennis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Fabulous day of fishing the Missouri with my son. We caught over 30 fish. Rick quickly determined what the fish were feeding on and where to find them. He was also a pleasure to spend the day with. Highly recommend booking a trip with Rick.
Laura  K.
Laura K. Bozeman, Montana
Fishtales Outfitting – Missouri River
Fishtales Outfitting – Missouri River
Fishing charter in Wolf Creek
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Had a great time fishing with Captain Mike Price out of Missoula for a couple days. He took me to a couple of runs that don’t get much fishing pressure and we tore into a handful of trout each day including catching a couple off dry flies and only saw 1 other boat that weekend. He was very knowledgeable and I was able to learn a good deal. Highly recommend!
Doug  B.
Doug B. Williston, ND
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Had an incredible trip down the Madison. It had been a while since I’d fly fished and Alex was a great teacher and super patient. Caught lots of Rainbows and Brown trout…considering we went early in the season (March 9th.) Would definitely do this again and highly recommend
Keith  N.
Keith N. Winston-Salem, NC
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Started with slow but Aurora keeps working on different flyers and combinations. Finally it paid off. We got total 9 fishes included 3 small trouts. Overall, me an my wife had a great time. Thanks,
Chul  K.
Chul K. Los Gatos, CA
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
River Knight Outf. – Madison River
Fishing charter in Ennis
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Caught rainbow, brown and white. Good Chrisitan people. Had a great time. Views on the Madison river were worth it alone.
Dan  T.
Dan T. Rockford, MI
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Ben Johnson was a good communicator and gave me some great tips to improve my technique
Douglas  H.
Douglas H. Plandome, NY
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
With a day where there was not much action we caught two respectable size fish. Part of the success was due to the guide constantly changing lures.
Douglas  H.
Douglas H. Plandome, NY
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Atlas Outfitting – Bozeman
Fishing charter in Bozeman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We could not have asked for a better guide. Ben was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced. We appreciated his hard work and patience with our inexperience. Would definitely recommend this guide.
Don  B.
Don B. Lexington, KY
Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Fishing charter in Missoula
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Fishing was great! I have never fly fished before but our guide was very patient and really helped me dial in my skills to actually be able to catch several fish. We were treated well. Amazing trip!
Josh  S.
Josh S. Canton, GA
Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Atlas Outfitting – Missoula
Fishing charter in Missoula
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a wonderful day and learned a lot, despite the inclement weather and high water. Michael is an excellent guide and went well beyond our expectations. The bison burgers he cooked us for lunch were a real treat. We hope to go again soon.
Michael  J.
Michael J. Cedar City, UT
River Knight Outfitters
River Knight Outfitters
Fishing charter in Wolf Creek
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
I fished the Missouri River with Rick and had an amazing time. He put me on a lot of fish and big fish. He's He's great guy and a good instructor. I am already planning a return trip.
Craig  S.
Craig S. Bozeman, Montana
River Knight Outfitters
River Knight Outfitters
Fishing charter in Wolf Creek
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
the fishing was tough but excellent. both Rick and Steve were knew the river like the back of their hand. They also had full knowledge of the insect life. Both were helpful and enthusiastic I could not recommend them more
Scott  G.
Scott G. Emigrant, Montana