The best trout fishing in North America is contained within the region, with thousands of uncrowded lakes and streams and over 40 species of gamefish. Fishing (and catching) is easy in this region filled with clear streams, rivers and lakes famous for the variety of plentiful fish just waiting for expert anglers and eager beginners to cast their lines.
Montana’s Trout Streams and Rivers
Fishing in Montana is truly paradise. Cast a line in the world-famous Paradise Valley or on the Flathead River. Wade into crystal clear lakes. Float with your line in the water. You’ll realize why “A River Runs Through It” is about Montana. For more information visit www.VisitMT.com
Fishing Guide to North Dakota
Fishing is good, but let’s be honest. Every one of us would rather be catching. Fortunately, North Dakota is famous for its productive fisheries. Our plentiful lakes and rivers are teeming with game fish like northern pike, walleye, perch, trout and bass. Water levels, species diversity, fish sizes and populations are up. So, if you’re up for more action, more trophy catches and more fun, North Dakota is your fishing hotspot.
What would bring anglers to a place where the water freezes over and crisp winter nights are best enjoyed beside a cozy warm fire? For one thing, perch. For another, walleye; and northern pike. True anglers won’t let a little (or a lot) of ice sidetrack their plans for a weekend fishing outing. Ice fishing in the winter in North Dakota is amazing. Small cities of ice houses spring up on lakes throughout the state, turning them into places where lifelong friendships and fish stories abound.
Devils Lake is one of the premier ice fishing lakes in the state. Amtrak runs The Perch Express to bring anglers to Devils Lake each winter. For three months of ice-over, every lake and frozen backwater are in the state is home to potential whoppers.
And yet you can still find open water to fish, even on days when the temperatures drop well below zero. Where? At Garrison Dam water from hydroelectric power generation flows year-round at the Tailrace. Bundle up for some shore fishing in the turbulent waters that churn into the Missouri River. For more information visit www.NDTourism.com
Fish to Your Heart’s Content in South Dakota
More than 1,100 square miles of water and a fishing season that never closes await you in South Dakota. Fly fish for trout in a Black Hills stream. Reel in trophy walleye from a Missouri River reservoir. Land bass or crappie from a glacial lake. From pro anglers to weekend enthusiasts, South Dakota has year-round fishing opportunities for everyone. For more information visit www.TravelSouthDakota.com
Wyoming – the Ultimate Fly-fishing Destination
With 4,200 crystalline lakes sand 27,000 miles of blue-ribbon, fishable streams, Wyoming is the ultimate fishing and fly fishing destination. Expert anglers and eager beginners alike can find a fisherman’s dream along the clear waters scattered across the state. Wyoming embraces this gift, ensuring that capable guides and outfitters are as plentiful as the fish waiting to be caught.
Yellowstone is perhaps the most famous fishing spot in the state, with anglers drawn by the legendary trout in its rivers. Brook trout, brown trout, rainbows and native cutthroat trout beckon to enthusiasts. Farther south, in Grand Teton National Park, others seek out the Snake River cutthroat, a colourful character found in its namesake river. In the fall, the spawning run of brown trout darkens the waters of the aptly named Miracle Mile in the North Platte River. Catch all four native subspecies of cutthroat and earn a Cutt-Slam certificate from Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Although Wyoming is known as a mecca for trout, its waters teem with more than 22 species of game fish, including sunfish, crappie, yellow perch, whitefish, pike and sturgeon. Bass, walleye and catfish are plentiful in the state’s reservoirs such as Boysen and Flaming Gorge (where, by the way, a state-record 50-pound lake trout was caught). Fisher folk in search of salmon can check out Boulder and Fremont lakes, and high-country lakes such as Bradley, Jackson and Lake Solitude offer excellent big-fish opportunities.
Fishing in Wyoming is truly a unique experience. In the unspoiled wilderness, you’re likely to encounter more wildlife than other anglers, allowing you to find your own private fishing paradise. For more information visit www.TravelWyoming.com