Category: Fishing Reports

Fall fishing picking up in Northwest Montana

Fall is in the air, and with that comes many different fishing opportunities across Montana and Idaho.

Dry fly fishing around Missoula can be phenomenal as temperatures drop and the fish start enjoying the cooler water. We also get a number of different hatches, like October caddis and Hecuba mayflies, that entice the fish to come up and to start rising. Cloudy days encourage some great mayfly hatches; Mahoganys, Blue Winged Olives, and of course those Hecubas that the fish can’t seem to resist.

Pike fishing around the Missoula area also picks up this time of year as they try to pack on weight before winter hits. Some of our best pike fishing days are in the fall, and it’s always a hit with our guests.
Land of the Giants is also starting to pick up again, with lots of rainbows and pre-spawn brown trout in the water. This can be a great time to throw out streamers to catch those big browns.

Fishing in the small area lakes can also be great now that the water temperatures are dropping. There’s rainbows and brook trout in Georgetown Lake, and more rainbow trout fishing opportunities at Browns Lake. There’s also opportunities for pike fishing in several area lakes.

Normally we’d also be gearing up for steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River in Idaho this time of year. However, since fish counts are well below average, we’re going to hold off a couple weeks and hope that the numbers improve.


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