Fishing in Western Montana + Glacier National Park


Cast a Line
in Western Montana

Cast a Line
in Western Montana

Note: As of July 1, 2023, Conservation Licenses are required for everyone age 12 and older to access most state lands, including wildlife management areas, fishing access sites and wildlife habitat protection areas. This requirement does not include state parks. Please recreate responsibly. Learn more here.

To put it bluntly, our fishing is incredible. Western Montana has some of the most pristine, undisturbed waters nature has to offer. Our rivers, lakes and blue-ribbon trout streams provide competitive fishing for the serious angler and easily accessible options for the casual fisherman. And no matter where you choose to cast your line, you can be assured our riffles, runs, pools and seams are set among some of the wildest and most beautiful country in North America.

For starters, fly-fish the Blackfoot River—made famous by Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It”—as it winds west before joining the Clark Fork River. The Clark Fork runs through the heart of downtown Missoula. Simply grab a rod and head down to the river’s edge. Or try the fishable waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead as it makes its way through deep, quiet canyons with Glacier National Park peaks in the background. And if you're looking to fish in an even quieter part of the region, head to Lincoln County and cast your line in the Kootenai River.

In addition to world-class fly-fishing, we also have some of the most experienced, professional and friendly fishing guides and outfitters around, ready to take you to their favorite fishing hole, help you land your trophy trout and make your excursion as enjoyable as possible.

For more information on Outfitters and Guides, visit

For more information on Montana fishing regulations and how to apply for a fishing license, visit Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Download the MyFWP app, a simple, easy way to store and display your fishing license when you’re on the water.

River Map

Use our River Map to find lakes, rivers and reservoirs in Western Montana as well as fishing access sites, including directions, amenities and more.

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Featured Listings

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft
West Glacier, MT
406.387.5555 | 800.521.7238
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Glacier Park Rafting
West Glacier, MT
406.888.8754 | 800.735.7897
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Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides
West Glacier, MT
406.888.8754 | 800.735.7897
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Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting
West Glacier, MT
406.387.5340 | 800.735.7897
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Rich Ranch
Seeley Lake, Montana
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Swan Mountain Outfitters
West Glacier, MT
406.387.4405 | 877.888.5557
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Other Listings

Alberton Orchards
1022 Sawmill Gulch Road
Alberton, MT 59820
(406) 380-3308
Bagley Guide Service
171 Terrace Hill
Bigfork, MT 59911
Bear Creek Guest Ranch
15750 U.S. Highway 2
Essex, MT 59916
Big Sky Fishing Charters
180 Vista Lane
Bigfork, MT 59911
Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters
Monture Trailhead
Ovando, MT 59854
Cheff Ranch & Legacy Outfitters LLC
30888 Eagle Pass Trail
Charlo, MT 59824
Clark Fork Trout
715 State Highway 135
St. Regis, MT 59866
Glacier Tourbase

Whitefish, MT 59937
Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
215 W. Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 721-8996
Koocanusa Resort and Marina
23911 State Highway 37
Libby, MT 59923
Kootenai River Fishing Charters LLC
Kootenai River Outfitters
Corner of U.S. Highway 2 and State Highway 56
Troy, MT 59935
Mills Wilderness Adventures of MT
1 Hogan St.
Augusta, MT 59410
Montana's Duck Lake Lodge
325 Duck Lake Road
Babb, MT 59411
Shoo Fly Fishing Co.
1010 E. Missoula Ave.
Troy, MT 59935
Silver Bow Outfitters
500 E. Fisher Road
Libby, MT 59923
State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC
Flathead + Whitefish Lakes
Kalispell, MT 59901
The Meadows on Rock Creek
100 Hideaway Trail
Philipsburg, MT 59858
Whispering Pines
205 Muley Road
Lakeside, MT 59922
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 17 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.