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Fishing Cast a Line in Western Montana

Cast a Line in Western Montana

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 montanaoutfitters.org.

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Fishing Access Sites



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With rivers aplenty in Western Montana, there is truly no lack of locations to cast your line. The map lists easily accessible fishing access sites around the region.

In addition to these sites, there are many fishing locations found in national forests and wilderness areas in Glacier Country. Most of them require a short hike or a longer journey to a high alpine lake.


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Featured Listings

Adventure Missoula in Western Montana.

Adventure Missoula

39 Juniper Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

406.813.0595

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge

150 Flathead Lodge Road
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.4391

Bagley Guide Service in Western Montana.

Bagley Guide Service

171 Terrace Hill
Bigfork, Montana 59911

406.837.3618

Cheff Ranch & Legacy Outfitters LLC in Western Montana.

Cheff Ranch & Legacy Outfitters LLC

30888 Eagle Pass Trail
Charlo, Montana 59824

406.644.2557

Glacier Anglers in Western Montana.

Glacier Anglers

12400 Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.888.5454

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft  in Western Montana.

Glacier Guides and Montana Raft

11970 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.387.5555

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.888.8754

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides in Western Montana.

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E., Suite A
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.888.8754

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting in Western Montana.

Great Northern Resort & Whitewater Rafting

12127 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.387.5340

Kootenai Angler, Cabins and River Bend Restaurant in Western Montana.

Kootenai Angler, Cabins and River Bend Restaurant

13546 State Highway 37
Libby, Montana 59923

406.293.7578

Linehan Outfitting Company in Western Montana.

Linehan Outfitting Company

35309 Yaak River Road
Yaak, MT 59935

406.295.4872

Mills Wilderness Adventures in Western Montana.

Mills Wilderness Adventures

1 Hogan Street
Augusta, Montana 59410

406.562.3576

Rich Ranch in Western Montana.

Rich Ranch

939 Cottonwood Lakes Road
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

800.532.4350

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc. in Western Montana.

Snowy Springs Outfitters Inc.

15600 U.S. Highway 2 E.
Essex, Montana 59916

406.226.9225

Swan Mountain Outfitters in Western Montana.

Swan Mountain Outfitters

12000 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.387.4405

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Western Montana.

The Ranch at Rock Creek

79 Carriage House Lane
Philipsburg, Montana 59858

406.859.6027

Wild River Adventures in Western Montana.

Wild River Adventures

11900 U.S. Highway 2 E.
West Glacier, Montana 59936

406.387.9453

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