Fishing Attractions

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Try this guide to trout fishing.

NOTE: Places in Yellowstone National Park will not show correct routes or mileage if you are viewing this page in winter when park roads are closed.

Firehole River Fly Fishing Yellowstone

The Firehole River, in spite of its temperature fluctuations, is a magnificent trout stream. It is beautiful and it is quite unique due to the hot springs, geysers and thermal features. These also make it minerally rich, which benefit the many fish in it. Often the colder streams that flow into the Firehole will be havens for fish escaping the summer heat. The best dry fly fishing for the Yellowstone Park opening is without question the Firehole river.

Additional Information

  • Venue Season: July 15 to Nov
  • Fish Type: Species: Cutthroat Trout, Brown and Rainbow Trout
  • Stocked?: No
  • Boats?:No boats or floats on YS River in park
  • Elevation: 7800 (YS Lake) to 3100 feet (Billings)

Red Rock Creek Fishing - Montana

Red Rock Creek flows from Mount Jefferson on the Continental Divide and is actually the true furthest headwaters of the mighty Missouri River. Never a large stream, it is a great place for the fly fisherman to catch some fish in extremely quiet and beautiful surroundings. It is home to some very large Yellowstone Cutthroat (up to 10 pounds) and the unique sport fish - Arctic Grayling. Red Rock Creek supports one of the last native strains of Arctic Grayling in the lower 48 states (CATCH AND RELEASE FOR Grayling and cutthroat trout ). Keep your eyes open for female Moose and calves while fishing this remote location. You can't get much more remote than this with access from maintained dirt road.

Additional Information

  • Venue Season: From the third Saturday in May through the end of November.
  • Fish Type: Species: Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
  • Boats?: Observe No boats over 10mph.
  • Elevation: 6750 Feet
  • Length: 26 miles

    Red Rock Lakes Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Fishing

    The Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge offers fishing. It begins only about 14 miles west of the RV Park. However, Fishing on the Upper and Lower Red Rock Lakes and Swan Lake is NOT permitted. However, all streams, unless marked can be fished. Culver Pond and Widgeon Pond can also be fished. Red Rock Creek is also open. Three trout, whitefish and Artic Greyling are found in these streams and ponds. Even if you don't catch something, the fishing experience in this refuge is serene and quiet! Watch for Moose with calves in the tules along the streams. (and stay well clear of them!)

    Directions to Wild Life Refuge Fishing

    1. Head west on Red Rock Rd toward Forest Rd 463
    2. Turn left onto Red Rock Pass Rd
    3. Continue onto S Valley Rd

    Elk Lake Fishing - Montana

    Elk Lake is a beautiful lake near Red Rock Lakes Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. It's a 20 mile drive west along Red Rock Road from RedRock RV Park. The road is a good maintained dirt road but be careful after spring rains, esp. on Elk Lake Road. Some spots may be impassable.

    Westslope and Yellowstone Cutthroat in the 3 to 5 pound range can be caught by the patient angler here. CATCH AND RELEASE for lake trout. The lake is 4 miles by .5 miles wide. There are a couple boat launches.

    Additional Information

    • Venue Season: Year round.
    • Fish Type: Species: Lake Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
    • Boats?: Yes.
    • Stocking: Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
    • Elevation: 6750 Feet
    • Size: 204 acres

    Hidden Lake Fishing - Montana

    Hidden Lake is a beautiful lake tucked away in the far recesses of the Centennial Valley of Montana. It's a 20 mile drive west along Red Rock Road from RedRock RV Park and then a rough 4 miles from Elk Lake Resort. The main road is a maintained dirt road but be careful after spring rains. Some spots may be impassable. 4WD recommended for the last part.

    The lake is a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot.You can catch colorful rainbows ranging from 3 - 5 pounds here. Use your own float or rent a row boat from Elk Lake Resort.

    Additional Information

    • Venue Season: Open June 15 through November 30
    • Fish Type: Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, White Sucker
    • Boats?: Yes.
    • Stocking: Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
    • Elevation: 6750 Feet
    • Size: 147 acres

      Wade Lake Fishing - Montana

      Wade Lake is reached via a dirt road 5.7 miles off Highway 87 which is usually in pretty good shape. Next door is Cliff Lake. There is a primitive campground here so you'll probably encounter people on weekends. Fishing from boats, canoes and float tubes are the most successful methods on the lake. Typically you'll see fly fishing, spincasting and trolling. Montana's top Brown Trout was caught here at 29 pounds. Other's have been caught shy of the record by 1/2 pound!

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Year Round
      • Fish Type: Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout
      • Stocked?: No; Artificial Spawning Channel.
      • Boats?: Standard Montana Rules
      • Elevation: 6347 Feet
      • Lake Size: 608 acres

      Cliff Lake Fishing - Montana

      Cliff Lake is about 24 miles from the RV Park and can reached via a dirt road 6 miles off Highway 87 which is usually in pretty good shape. Next door is Wade Lake. There is a primitive campground here so you'll probably encounter people on weekends. NO WAKE speeds only from your boat. Typically you'll see flyfishing, spincasting and trolling. Fishing from boats, canoes and float tubes are the most successful methods on the lake. Cliff Lake held the Montana record for a Rainbow at twenty pounds and held it for over thirty years.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Year Round
      • Fish Type: Species: Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout
      • Stocked?: Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout
      • Boats?: Standard Montana Rules
      • Elevation: 6347 Feet
      • Lake Size: 608 acres

      Madison River Fly Fishing - Montana

      The Madison River flows out of Yellowstone National Park and becomes a world-famous "Blue Ribbon" trout fishing and scenic river. Fishing from the Dam to Quake lake is the most predictable due to the warmed water and constant flow. RedRock RV Park is about 20 miles from US87 bridge where the river is slow with riffles for 50 miles downstream but big trout can be caught there. Large rainbow and brown trout are the main catches here. The river bed from US87 bridge consists of gravel and small stones and flows through an open environment of brush, hills, scattered trees and surrounding mountains. There are several turn-offs from Highway 287 for fishermen to try their luck.

      Additional Information

      • Info for Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge:
      • Venue Season: Open third Saturday in May through the end of February.
      • Game Fish Type: Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout
      • Boats: Closed to fishing from boats/vessels.
      • Restrictions: Catch-and-release for trout.
      • Elevation: 6124 Feet
      • Size: 132 miles

      Hebgen Lake Fishing - Montana

      Hebgen Lake is about 18 miles from RedRock RV Park. Some guides believe Hebgen is the finest dry fly lake in North America. Hebgen has a good population of cutthroats, rainbows and brown trout. It's a big lake and there are many choices to put in. The Madison and South fork arms are a favorite of the fly fisherman. These are on the eastern section of the lake where the Madison River feeds into the it. Fish along the Hebgen lake arms range from 14 to 18 inches with some into the 20 inch range. Non-fly fisherman Hebgen can be just as productive. There are many 20 + inch rainbows caught from trolling boats. You'll need a Montana license to fish here.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Year round.
      • Fish Type: Species: Brown, Cutthroat , and Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
      • Stocked?: Rainbow Trout
      • Boats?: Observe NO WAKE rules near populated shore areas.
      • Elevation: 6547 Feet
      • Lake Size: 12564 acres

      Madison River Fly Fishing South Fork

      The river starts in the lush meadows of Echo Canyon in Yellowstone Park and the upper sections along Rd 478 offer real solitude in fishing. The river here is shallow but some of the deep pools hide some larger fish. Past highway 191 as the River widens and meanders into Hebgen Lake, larger fish swim up into the river from the lake here. That is the most heavily fished and most productive part of this river. The South Fork of the Madison River can be characterized as a classic, low gradient, pool/riffle meandering stream. In fall, it supports a large brown trout spawning run.

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      • Venue Season: June 15- Nov 30.
      • Fish Type: Species: rainbow, brown trout, cut-throat and whitefish
      • Stocked?: from Lake
      • Boats? No
      • Elevation: 6566 -6700 Feet

      Gallatin River Fly Fishing - Montana

      The Gallatin River flows out of Yellowstone north to the Missouri River. Between Yellowstone and Bozeman,MT are plenty of places for the fly-fisherman to pull over from the road and cast his line in scenic beauty. For most of this length, floating on the river is not permitted and special fishing regulations apply in the Park. Coupled with the excellent access found in the upper half, the Gallatin ranks as one of the finest wade fishing rivers in Montana. Gallatin River offers great dry fly fishing on a river that has relatively few fishermen in beautiful surroundings. The fish are not finicky eaters, either, which makes the Gallatin River excellent for learning fly fishing. In the upper stretches, the river is not very deep, allowing it to be fully waded from shore to shore.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Year Round
      • Fish Type: Species: Brown, Cutthroat , and Rainbow Trout, Grayling
      • Boats?: No Motorboats; Upper reaches NO floating.
      • Elevation: varies from 6547 Feet




      Henry's Lake - Idaho

      The best time to fish Henry's Lake is starting from 5:30 to 6:00 a.m. and leaving the water at noon. The afternoon wind and the hot sun usually stops the biting for the most of the rest of the day. Evenings are OK, but mornings are best. Cutthroat trout, from 3 to 5 pounds; cutthroat-rainbow hybrids of up to 12 pounds; and brook trout up to 3 pounds are found in the waters of Henry's Lake. This challenges the float-tuber and is equally exciting for a 12-year old fishing from the bank. A primitive boat ramp is only 1 mile from RedRock RV Park. Other ingress places are at Henry's Lake State Park, or Frome County Park on the west side.

      Henry's Fork of Snake River- Idaho

      The Henry's Fork of the Snake River begins at Henry's Lake and is known as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in the world. In fact, the members of Trout Unlimited has voted it the number one stream in America! Not only does it provide great trout fishing, it is an extremely scenic river, making fishing enjoyable whether you come away with a catch or not! Coffee Pot Campground is a good starting place for wading. Above the rapids the fishing is serene and scenic. Box canyon below the Island Park Reservoir is famous for its huge rainbows and for its Salmonfly hatch. Harriman State Park encloses a beautiful 7 mile stretch of the river which is not to be missed. (Entrance fee required)

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Open May to Nov generally. See rules.
      • Fish Type: Species: rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, kokanee, and whitefish
      • Stocked?: Varies
      • Boats?: Varies, see rules.
      • Elevation: varies from 6500 -5400 Feet
      • River Length: 150 miles

      Island Park Reservoir Fishing - Idaho

      Island Park Reservoir is about 17 miles from RedRock RV Park. Created by a dam at the head of Box Canyon, fish over 20 inches long are not uncommon in this shallow water; you just have to know where they like to hide. Rainbows up to 12 pounds lurk in the shallows and down deep. With 5 boat launch sites and other public access areas this is an easy place to fish. Recreational boating is allowed and can interfere with fishing at times.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: Year round.
      • Fish Type: Species: rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout, kokanee, and whitefish
      • Stocked?: Yes
      • Boats?: Observe NO WAKE rules near populated shore areas.
      • Elevation: 6306 Feet
      • Lake Size: 7000 acres

      Madison River in Yellowstone

      The Madison River begins as the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers. It is generally a gentle running, shallow and wide scenic river flowing down the valley to West Yellowstone. The easiest place to catch fish is in the upper meadows near Madison Junction. The toughest sections are the riffles in the lower reaches as the river begins to leave the park. Anyone over the age of 12 who plans on fishing in Yellowstone National Park needs to obtain a park fishing permit, good for 10 days. Park pass needed also. The Madison has an exceptionally high nutrient level in places thanks to the thermal springs dumping into it year 'round, creating great fishing for those willing to take the time and effort. Fishing is best in spring and fall due to the higher temps in summer.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: May to Nov
      • Fish Type: Species: Brown, Cutthroat , and Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish
      • Stocked?: No
      • Boats?: No
      • Elevation: 6547 Feet

      Yellowstone Lake Fishing - National Park

      This is the main lake in Yellowstone but has little fishing pressure due to the abundance of trophy class streams and rivers. The native cut-throat trout grow large here. Quality fly fishing for cutthroat trout can be obtained fishing from the shoreline even though there are over 87,000 acres of lake. If you use a boat or float tube, make sure you be aware that strong winds can blow here. Quality fly fishing for native, 15–18 inch Yellowstone cutthroat is best from mid-July to the end of August when the Callibaetis flies hatch. The cut-throat will jump 6 feet to chase a Callibaetis imitation. There is a KILL ALL rule for any Laketrout that you catch. Cutthroat are Catch and Release only. Use barbless hooks ONLY.

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: June 15 to Nov
      • Fish Type: Species: Cutthroat Trout, Laketrout
      • Stocked?: No
      • Boats?: All boats and tube floats require a permit.
      • Elevation: 7820 Feet

      Yellowstone River Fly Fishing- National Park

      The Yellowstone River is very long with some of the most beautiful scenery in the West along every stretch! Native trout awaits in every part of it, from Yellowstone Lake in WY to Billings in MT. Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout are the main native trophies here for the fly fisherman. No floating devices are allowed in the river in the park here. Fishing in the Park starts one mile below the Lake outlet. No fishing at Fishing Bridge! See discussion here for more information. All Native Fish are Catch and Release only. Use barbless hooks ONLY and no natural or organic bait are allowed!

      Additional Information

      • Venue Season: July 15 to Nov
      • Fish Type: Species: Cutthroat Trout, Brown and Rainbow Trout
      • Stocked?: No
      • Boats?:No boats or floats on YS River in park
      • Elevation: 7800 feet
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