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May 23, 2023 Gallatin River Fishing Report

Date: 05/23/2023
Posted by: Toby Swank

The river is very high and dirty right now as we are in the second full week of our runoff. The river is still on it's way up, so expect at least a week before its worth getting back onto (more like 2-3 weeks is what it really looks like - but these things are difficult to predict).

May 23, 2023 Gallatin River Fishing Report Streamflow

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4540 CFS
On 2023-5-23

Montana Fishing Licenses

A Montana fishing license is required to legally fish in Montana. A Yellowstone National Park license is required to fish the Gallatin River within YNP

Lower Gallatin River Shuttle

Bob's Shuttle: 406-595-0587

Gallatin River Fishing

The Gallatin River starts small in YNP and becomes a medium-sized western river below Big Sky, Montana. It flows through Gallatin Canyon with swift pockets and fast runs. The river is known for its clean, cold water and offers over 75 miles of blue-ribbon trout water accessible at turnouts along HWY 191 and throughout the Gallatin Valley. The Gallatin River joins the Jefferson and Madison Rivers to form the Missouri River near Three Forks, Montana.

Read our "Gallatin River Fishing Guide" to learn more about fly fishing in Montana on the Gallatin River. It is a great resource for anglers fishing near Bozeman Montana and details the various river stretches and seasonal hatches with tips from our Bozeman fly fishing guides.