Fishing

West Yellowstone has unparalleled year-round fishing. Top blue-ribbon trout streams surround town making it the heart of fly fishing in the Rocky Mountains.

Unbeatable float and deep-water fishing abound on the lakes near West Yellowstone. Hebgen Lake is known as one of Montana’s premier Stillwater and dry fly fisheries. Several marinas offer convenient boating and fishing supplies, including rentals.

In the spring, fishermen test their skills to catch rainbow and brown trout covered in stunning patterns and vivid colors. Early summer brings the amazing salmon fly hatch. Late summer and fall offer the chance to hook trout chasing the Callibaetis moth hatches and the famous Hebgen Lake gulpers.

Fishing isn’t only a fair-weather excursion. Fly fishermen can be seen wading waist-deep in the icy waters of the Gallatin and Madison Rivers, and ice fishing on the lakes is quickly becoming a popular winter experience.

If you’ve never been ice fishing before, a few essentials to get started include rods and reels best suited for the ice, an ice auger, rod blanks, tackle, and bait and lures to attract your preferred catch. Not only is equipment important, but doing the proper research on clothing and even shanties will help keep you safe and warm on your fishing expedition. Of course, our local experts are available to help point you in the right direction.

Our pros suggest Hebgen Lake for anyone looking for some great brown and rainbow trout fishing. Its nonstrenuous hike and beautiful scenery that surrounds the lake make it perfect for beginners and anyone looking to spend a nice winter day outdoors. In addition to Hebgen Lake, you can try out Ennis Lake, which is right up 287, just past Ennis. Here you’ll find more great brown and rainbow fish and some mountain whitefish.

Take a day and enjoy the waters of Montana with an experienced guide to make it a trip to remember. Be careful – you may become hooked for life.

No matter what you’re trying to catch, be sure to obtain the correct permits and licenses when fishing in the area.

Local fly shops offer an amazing guided experience, but also offer advice, equipment, and licenses.