Fishing

FISH, STAY AND PLAY!

More than any other region in Montana, our NW corner offers unmatched variety when it comes to fishing.  There is literally, fishing in every direction!

The rivers and streams that flow out of Glacier National Park are renowned native trout fisheries. These cold, clear streams harbor healthy populations of Westslope Cutthroat and Bull Trout, as well as Rainbow Trout and Mountain Whitefish.

In addition to river fisheries, there’s also fantastic lake fishing to be had. Flathead Lake and Lake Koocanusa are both excellent big water trout fisheries with Flathead famous for its trophy Lake Trout, (or Mackinaw), and Koocanusa for its acrobatic Gerrard Rainbows and line stretching Bull Trout.

Smaller lakes abound, and whether you fish from a personal pontoon or float tube, a large power boat, or anything in between, you will find opportunities for Trout, Bass, panfish, Pike and the exciting Kokanee Salmon!

And when winter sets in, our area offers ice fishing opportunities that are the envy of the Midwest States, only with much milder weather. Our ice fishing season runs from December through March.

If you’re into fishing with fly, tackle or bait, you’re never far from rod-bending action when you visit Kalispell, whatever the season!  (contributed by AAble Fishing Charters) www.aablefishing.com

Fishing Guides

SPORTING GOODS STORES

Snappy Sport Senter, 406-257-7525
Sportsman Ski Haus, 406-755-6484
Cabela’s, 406-203-5200

REGULATIONS, LICENSING AND ACCESS

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
Glacier National Park Fishing
Confederate Salish & Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources, 406-883-2888.  Non-members of Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, download a PDF of requirements at
Flathead Reservation Regulations