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Fishing 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 montanaoutfitters.org.

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.

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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. See Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ FISHMT map for detailed information about our region’s waterbodies and their fish populations.


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Featured Listings

Angler's Roost in Western Montana.

Angler's Roost

815 U.S. Highway 93 S.
Hamilton, MT 59840

Glacier Park Rafting in Western Montana.

Glacier Park Rafting

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

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides in Western Montana.

Great Northern Fly Fishing Guides

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

Rich Ranch in Western Montana.

Rich Ranch

939 Cottonwood Lakes Road
Seeley Lake, Montana 59868

Wild River Adventures in Western Montana.

Wild River Adventures

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

Other Listings

Alberton Orchards

  • 1022 Sawmill Gulch Road Alberton, MT 59820
  • 406.380.3308
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Bagley Guide Service

Bear Creek Guest Ranch

  • 15750 U.S. Highway 2 Essex, MT 59916
  • 406.226.4489
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Big Sky Fishing Charters

Cheff Ranch & Legacy Outfitters LLC

  • 30888 Eagle Pass Trail Charlo, MT 59824
  • 406.644.2557
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Clark Fork Trout

  • 715 State Highway 135 St. Regis, MT 59866
  • 406.382.0161
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Glacier Tourbase

Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop

Koocanusa Resort and Marina

  • 23911 State Highway 37 Libby, MT 59923
  • 406.293.7474
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Kootenai River Fishing Charters LLC

Mills Wilderness Adventures of MT

Montana's Duck Lake Lodge

Shoo Fly Fishing Co.

  • 1010 E. Missoula Ave. Troy, MT 59935
  • 406.295.8405
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Silver Bow Outfitters

State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC

  • Flathead + Whitefish Lakes Kalispell, MT 59901
  • 406.360.5411
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The Meadows on Rock Creek

  • 100 Hideaway Trail Philipsburg, MT 59858
  • 406.564.2883
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