Montana Fish

							A close look at a Montana Rainbow Trout

Montana is a large and diverse state with myriad water types, including natural lakes and freestone rivers. Reservoirs were created throughout the 1900s for irrigation storage and hydroelectric generation.

The waters of Montana support a wide array of both native and non-native fish species.

Trout are the primary gamefish species for anglers fishing in Montana. Cutthroat Trout are native throughout the state. Rainbow and Brown Trout were introduced throughout Montana rivers and are widely dispersed today.

									Yellowstone cutthroat are native Montana fish

Yellowstone Cutthroat

The Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout is native to the Yellowstone River drainage of southwest and south-central Montana.

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									Montana native fish, Westlsope Cutthroat Trout

Westslope Cutthroat

A native Montana fish, their historical range is west of the continental divide and the upper Missouri River drainage.

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									Rainbow Trout are the most common fly fishing gamefish of the  Montana fish

Rainbow Trout

Native to the Upper Kootenai River drainage, Rainbow Trout were introduced to waters throughout MT starting in 1889.

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									Brown Trout are a widely disperesed Montana fish

Brown Trout

Native to Europe and western Asia, Brown Trout were first introduced to Montana in 1889 in the Madison River

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									Mountain Whitefish are a native Montana fish

Mountain Whitefish

Native to Montana, this gamefish species thrives in cold water streams throughout the mountainous regions of the state.

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									Arctic Grayling are a very rare, Montana fish

Arctic Grayling

Native to a small section of western Montana, the last native population of fluvial Grayling in the state are found in the upper Big Hole River.

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Montana Fishing Reports

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Gallatin River

Last Updated: 02/22/2024

Fly fishing Montana's Gallatin River is a good option throughout the colder months. Being the closest blue-ribbon stream to Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin River offers many Montana anglers year-long fishing...

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Upper Madison

Last Updated: 02/22/2024

Fly fishing in Montana on the Madison River during winter boasts some of the best angling opportunities. The Madison River is full of structure that is ideal for trout even...

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Lower Madison

Last Updated: 02/22/2024

The Madison River fly fishing during the winter months can be some of the best fly fishing Montana has to offer. Close to Bozeman, MT, the lower stretches (Ennis Dam...

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