Travel Update Montana COVID-19 Updates

Fishing in Western Montana + Glacier National Park

things to do outdoors

more
hide
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.

Find Your Next Big Adventure Out Here

Slow down and discover big, open skies, spaces and stories. Plan ahead, and be safe while traveling on your next big getaway in Southeast Montana.


Fishing Access Sites



View Larger Map

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.


More Information


Techniques and Tackle

Float Fishing

Motorboats


Seasons

Fishing Etiquette

Montana's Trespass Law


Stream Access

Tagged Fish

Releasing Fish


Aquatic Invasive Species

Do's & Don'ts

Noxious Weeds

Featured Listings

Adventure Missoula in Western Montana.

Adventure Missoula

39 Juniper Lane
Alberton, Montana 59820

406.813.0595

Averills Flathead Lake Lodge in Western Montana.

Averills 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

Montana Air Adventures in Western Montana.

Montana Air Adventures

1880 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.755.2376

Northern Rockies Outfitters, Ltd. in Western Montana.

Northern Rockies Outfitters, Ltd.

270 Bayou Road
Kalispell, Montana 59901

406.756.2544

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

Other Listings

Anglers Afloat, Inc.

  • 2742 Alpenglow Road Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.777.3421

B & D Outfitters

Bigfork Anglers

  • 405 Bridge Street Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.3675
  • Visit Website

Bitterroot Anglers

Bitterroot Fly Company

  • 808 North Main Street #2 Darby, Montana 59829
  • 406.821.1624
  • Visit Website

Blackfeet Outfitters

  • 1720 10 th. Ave S #142 Great Falls, Montana 59405
  • 406.450.8420
  • Visit Website

Blackfoot River Outfitters, Inc

  • 3055 North Reserve Street Suite A1 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.542.7411
  • Visit Website

Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters

  • 41088 Roberts Street Charlo, Montana 59824
  • 406.240.2722
  • Visit Website

Cabinet Mountain Outfitters

Captain Norm's Fishing Charters

Carl Mann's Montana Experience Outfitters

  • 4466 Hoover Lane Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.526.3266
  • Visit Website

Channel Outfitters

  • 136 Saddle Loop Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.261.2772
  • Visit Website

Clark Fork River Outfitters

  • 11 Trout Lane St Regis, Montana 59866
  • 406.826.4220
  • Visit Website

Clark Fork Trout

  • 1317 Mullan Road West Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.382.0161
  • Visit Website

Clear Creek Outfitters

  • 5400 Arnica Road Missoula, Montana 59803
  • 406.370.7039
  • Visit Website

Crane Mountain Guide Service LLC

  • 410 Swan River Road Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.0918
  • Visit Website

Cut Bank Creek Outfitters

East Fork Outfitters

Elk Creek Outfitting

  • 255 Elk Creek Road Heron, Montana 59844
  • 406.847.5593
  • Visit Website

Fishs Eddy O

  • 234 Heritage Street Stevensville, Montana 59870
  • 406.777.1449
  • Visit Website

Five Bears Outfitters

  • 5613 North One Horse Lane Florence, Montana 59833
  • 406.273.2677
  • Visit Website

Five Valley Flyfishers

  • 247 Red Fox Road Lolo, Montana 59847
  • 406.728.9434

Flat Iron Outfitting

  • PO Box 2510 Thompson Falls, Montana 59873
  • 406.827.7606
  • Visit Website

Flathead Lake Charters

  • 14980 Highway 35 Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.3632
  • Visit Website

Fly Fishing Adventures

  • 10739 Limber Pine Street Lolo, Montana 59847
  • 406.550.3144
  • Visit Website

Fly Fishing Always

Flying W Outfitters & Booking Service

Gentry River Ranch

  • 62 Gentry Way Columbia Falls, Montana 59912
  • 406.892.1464
  • Visit Website

Great Bear Outfitters

  • 264 El Rancho Road Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.3210

JM Bar Outfitters LLC

  • 23967 Bonita Road Clinton, Montana 59825
  • 406.544.5249
  • Visit Website

Joe Cantrell Outfitting

John Perry's Montana Fly Fishing

  • 68 Rock Creek Road Clinton, Montana 59825
  • 406.370.9183
  • Visit Website

Kootenai River Outfitters

Lakestream Fly Fishing Shop

  • 334 Central Avenue Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.862.1298
  • Visit Website

Linehan Outfitting Company

  • 35309 Yaak River Road Troy, Montana 59935
  • 406.295.4872
  • Visit Website

Mo Fisch Charters & Tours

  • 167 West Nicklaus Avenue Kalispell, Montana 59901
  • 406.755.4414
  • Visit Website

Montana Flyfishing Connection, LLC

  • PO Box 17701 Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.370.2868
  • Visit Website

Montana Hunting Fishing Adventures

  • 870 Sleeping Child Road Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3510
  • Visit Website

Montana Old West Outfitters

  • PO Box 25 Browning, Montana 59417
  • 406.338.2777

Montana River Anglers

  • 415 Blanchard View Drive Whitefish, Montana 59937
  • 406.261.2033
  • Visit Website

Morning Star Outfitters

Osprey Outfitters Guide Service and Fly Shop

  • 1963 North 1st Street Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.1000
  • Visit Website

Rocky Point Outfitters

  • 71 River Walk Lane Thompson Falls, Montana 59873
  • 406.827.1600
  • Visit Website

Rugg's Outfitting LLC

  • 116 Black Bear Trail Superior, Montana 59872
  • 406.822.4240
  • Visit Website

Salmon Forks Outfitters

  • 26356 Soup Creek Road Swan Lake, Montana 59911
  • 406.387.4405
  • Visit Website

Selway Adventures

Silver Bow/ Elk Mountain Outfitters

  • 500 East Fisher Road Libby, Montana 59923
  • 406.293.4868
  • Visit Website

Skalkaho Lodge and Steakhouse-John Rose Outfitter & Guide Service

  • 1380 Skalkaho Highway Hamilton, Montana 59840
  • 406.363.3522
  • Visit Website

The Missoulian Angler Fly Shop

  • 802 South Higgins Missoula, Montana 59801
  • 406.728.7766
  • Visit Website

Tom Jenni's Reel Montana

  • 2512 Wylie Avenue Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.539.6610
  • Visit Website

Triple M Outfitters

Trout Bungalow Outfitters

  • 9520 Cross Street Missoula, Montana 59802
  • 406.370.9882
  • Visit Website

Two River Outfitter

  • PO Box 591 Bigfork, Montana 59911
  • 406.837.3474

WTR Outfitters

  • PO Box 1340 Swan Valley, Montana 59826
  • 406.824.2471
  • Visit Website

Wapiti Waters

  • 516 Chickadee Lane Victor, Montana 59875
  • 406.642.6548
  • Visit Website

Western Timberline Outfitters

Wild Trout Adventures

Wilderness Outfitters

  • 11500 Frenchtown Frontage Road Missoula, Montana 59808
  • 406.728.0550
  • Visit Website
News from Glacier National Park Currently, 15.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel.

Connect With Glacier Country

Exploring Western Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

Read more

Get Away From It All This Fall in Glacier Country

Read more

A to Z: 26 Activities to Do in Western Montana

Read more

Call for expert help

1.800.338.5072

Start Planning Your Trip