Fishing in Glacier National Park


By Amanda May
Staff Writer

Get your tackle box ready! Montana’s Glacier National Park has great fishing and spectacular scenery- what more could an angler ask for?
Some of the best trout fishing waters are in this park whether you enjoy fly or spincast fishing.

Get a good night’s sleep at one of Montana’s great lodging options and head out early! Schools of rainbows and cutthroat trout are waiting!

Here are five recommended fishing spots in Glacier National Park:

The North Fork of the Flathead River
This is a pristine fork of the Flathead River has lots of lake, cutthroat and rainbow trout. It is also a great place to see many other species of Montana wildlife.

Elizabeth Lake
This glacially sculpted lake is an awesome spot for rainbow trout fishing and contains one of the few remaining fishable populations of arctic grayling in Montana. Access this beautiful like from the Chief Mountain ranger station or from below the Ptarmigan Tunnel.

Middle Fork of the Flathead River
Fish in this part of the Flathead for great views of the south-eastern and south sides of the park. They have a strong population of westslope cutthroat trout.

Logging Lake
This lake is on the North Fork side of the park. Come here for easy fishing of cutthroat trout and fantastic views of this secluded part of Glacier National Park.

Two Medicine Lake
Fishing here is an angler’s challenge, but the views and surrounding peaks are gorgeous, so it’s worth it. Great brook trout are here- you’ve just got to outsmart them!

Now you have an idea of where you want to fish, consider hiring a Montana fishing guide to show you the sweet spots in the rivers and lakes.

Here are three companies that we would recommend:

Wild River Adventures
Offering trips up the scenic Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River. Trust in them to show you the best places to snag a few westslope cutthroat- they’ve been guiding here for more than 20 years! Visit Wild River Adventures for more information about their trips.

Glacier Guides Inc.
This Montana company has been taking travelers to the Middle Fork, the North Fork and the Smith River since 1983. Sign up for their half-day, full-day or multi-day trips. Ask about their fly-fishing school and cabin stays! Visit Glacier Guides Inc. for more information.

Swan Mountain Outfitters
Contact Swan Mountain for fly-fishing trips just a little southwest of Glacier National Park on the Swan River and in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Half or full day trips are available, as well as fly-fishing lessons. Visit Swan Mountain Outfitters for more information.

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