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.

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Big hole river, access, river acess
Zundel, Brent
Montana's most egalitarian law. Read more >>
Public Land and Water Access Association
the editors
The fight over access continues. Read more >>
Chrysti the Wordsmith
Following the story of a word. Read more >>
Wilderness Systems Fishing Kayak, Wilderness Systems Ride 115 Max Angler
Howlett, David
My fishing buddy Mark summed up the Ride 115 Max Angler from Wilderness Systems best: “It’s got all the bells and whistles.” I couldn't say it better, because with a slew of desirable components built in and the Yakattack signature Angler Package, the 115 Max Angler is one of the Read more >>
Photo courtesy City of Three Forks
Dehmer, Kurt
Warm-water fisheries in SW MT. Read more >>
Photo by Drew Stoecklein
Brayton, Lea
Alpine lakes worth the walk. Read more >>
Photo by Robin D Webb
Sinay, Ken
Arctic grayling are a beautiful fish. Graced with a large colorful dorsal fin—which gets even more brilliant during the spring spawning period—this silvery, bluish member of the trout family can be quite dramatic to see, and even more dramatic to fish. Read more >>
Fly fishing, spin fishing, Bozeman
by the editors
Which technique rules supreme? Read more >>
Predator MX Kayak, Montana River Fishing, Outside Bozeman
Howlett, David
As a kayak-fisherman, I need a vessel that’s just as capable on lakes as it is in rivers. To my delight, I found the Predator MX from Old Town Canoe & Kayak, engineered from bow to stern to be the ultimate mixed-water fishing platform. Read more >>
Kayak Fishing, Montana rivers, Outside Bozeman
Howlett, David
An introduction to kayak-fishing. Read more >>
Fall fishing, fly fishing, lake fishing, Montana
Dehmer, Kurt
After the crowds of summer have gone. Read more >>
Fishing, fly fishing, Bozeman, Montana
Pogge, Drew
Sportfish and wildlife restoration programs.In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen.—Theodore Roosevelt Read more >>
Yellowstone hot pots, Yellowstone National Park, geyser basin
Drew Pogge
Do-not-miss Yellowstone features.  Read more >>
Hyalite creek, fishing around Bozeman, Bozeman fishing, fly fishing
Sawyer, Kit
Intro to fishing in the BozoneIf you’re new to the sport of fly fishing, now is a great time to get out and wet a line in the fabled waters of southwest Montana. Here are a few places to go broaden your riparian education. Read more >>
Lakes in Montana, alpine lakes, lake fishing
Pierre, Mike
Take a break at a lakeWhen you choose to live in Bozeman, you give yourself the chance to explore Montana’s spectacular backcountry. Take a break from the grind and visit one of the following alpine lakes for quiet solitude and great fishing. Read more >>
Fishing in Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Firehole River
Parks, Richard
The fish are waiting. Read more >>
lake fishing in Montana, alpine lakes, fly fishing,
Adelman, Jake
Approaching alpine-lake fishing Read more >>
lake fishing in Montana, fly fishing, Hebgen Lake, lakes to fish
Ward, Mark
What lakes to fish near Bozeman Read more >>
small-stream fishing, fly fishing in Montana, creek fishing
Reed, Tom
Small-stream fishing around southwest Montana Read more >>
fishing the Madison, fly fishing, fishing in Montana, Madison River
Way, John
A study of the iconic Madison River.  Read more >>
  • Fly

    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 >>
    Yellowstone River, Lower Yellowstone, fly fishing, fishing Montana,
    Wink, Callan
    A fishing guide's dilemma. 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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