Waking up with a 6 a.m. alarm, grabbing a rod and waders, packing up the car and preparing for a long day in the sun is a typical Saturday for many in the Bozeman area. It’s officially spring, and that means the fishing season has begun. For some, fishing isn’t a favorite hobby, but they are yearning to make it a priority. Almost every angler knows not to share where they adventure off to when fishing season makes its way downstream to Bozeman. This leaves those who are less experienced in the fishing world at a loss when finding the best places for a local catch.
Roughly 15 minutes from Main Street is Cameron Bridge. According to Montana Angling Co., Cameron Bridge, Known as a place where anglers can hook both brown and rainbow trout, is an angling hot spot for those interested in fly fishing. This is a popular destination for fly fishing, so anyone planning on heading there should plan accordingly. Also suggested by Outsidebozeman.comwas the Gallatin Gateway area, as wading into the river is more accessible in comparison to other fly fishing areas.
Another local favorite is Hyalite Reservoir. About 35 minutes from Main Street, anglers can find themselves surrounded by the mountainous beauty of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. Anglers tend to find themselves surrounded by Yellowstone Cutthroat trout and arctic graylings. Hyalite Reservoir is open for fishing all year round, but most streams in Hyalite open in mid-May. The inlet stream to Hyalite Reservoir does not open until mid-July.
Fishermen and women can be met with signs warning of snakes, bears and rushing streams if they dare to venture away from the local fly fishing favorite spots. Beartrap Canyon on the Lower Madison River provides an opportunity for those who are up for a challenge. Listed as one of the most reliable fishing spots throughout the fishing season by Montana Angling Co., Beartrap Canyon offers an exciting trip. With larger than average rainbow and brown trout, anglers tend to return home with the taste of accomplishment on their tongue (along with some river water) and great stories of their journey down the Madison River.
At the start of every fishing season, people are encouraged to stay up to date on the rules and regulations of fishing here in Montana and can do so here: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/. On the site, you can also report your catches, explore different species and stay up to date on stocking information and data on recent releases. Get out and enjoy the fresh air this spring.