With snowfall, wind, and cold, fishing in Montana during the winter is not for the faint of heart. If you are a fair-weather angler it’s probably not for you. However, if you enjoy solitude and don’t mind getting a little chilly, this is the perfect time for you to fly fish in Montana.
If you fish during the winter make sure you have the right gear to keep you dry and warm. It’s a good idea to watch the weather because winds can kick up anytime making a wintry day even colder. The best time of day to fish in the winter is when the temperatures are the warmest. No need to get up early this time of year.
It’s imperative during the winter that you know where to go. Many rivers and lakes have large ice formations, especially if they are slow-moving. You need waters that are faster or have more consistent temperatures for good fishing.
The three rivers we recommend fishing in Montana during the winter are...
The Gallatin River has geothermal hot springs that feed into it near Bozeman. These springs keep the water from freezing, even warm enough to wade in with the right gear.
Stretches of the Madison River near Bozeman and Ennis are fast-moving, which means less ice and more opportunity for fishing on wintry days.
The Missouri River near Craig is big enough, and the current is fast enough to keep these waters open. Best fishing is off the shore and if the weather is cooperating, you can even float this stretch during the winter.
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