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A refreshing breeze caresses you as your line plops into the water. Around you, birds chirp and call, cute creatures such as deer and chipmunks scurry about the banks, and water softly rushes along. Suddenly you feel a tug. After a couple of minutes, you pull up a gorgeous trout or salmon. Such scenes are played out daily in hundreds of Rocky Mountain fishing spots. Create your own fishing legends in Yellowstone National Park – home to cutthroat, rainbows, and brown trout. Hundreds of miles of crystal clear Blue Ribbon Trout streams await your lure in the National Forests. Travel to Vancouver Island, called the salmon capital of the world by travel magazines. From Rocky Mountains fly fishing to excellent drop-line fishing, your opportunities for angling are unlimited.
- Waterton Lakes National Park – Hook for rainbow, cutthroat, bull, lake trout, northern pike, and lake and mountain whitefish. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/Waterton/index_e.asp
- Banff National Park -- Fish the Bow River for brown, brook, cutthroat, and bull trout (mostly catch and release). Trophy-sized lake trout are often caught in Lake Minnewanka, although the average is two to five pounds. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/banff/index_E.asp
- Jasper National Park – Anglers will love fishing for trout and rainbow trout. www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/jasper/index_e.asp
- Kootenay Rockies – Discover glacier-fed rivers and lakes filled with largest trout in the world. These rivers and streams are ideal for fly fishing and drift boats, while the long, deep lakes are perfect for trolling and spin casting. www.hellobc.com/en-CA/SightsActivitiesEvents/NaturalSightsParksWildlife/Fishing/KootenayRockies.htm
- Panhandle National Forests -- The Idaho Panhandle National Forests comprise about 2.5 million acres of public lands spanning northern Idaho, extending into eastern Washington and western Montana. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/rec/activities/trails/index.html for more information.
- Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater Rivers – Ideal for catching salmon and steelhead trout. www.visitnorthcentralidaho.org
- The Clearwater National Forest -- On the Clearwater National Forest, we have over 5,000 miles of streams and over 230 high mountain lakes spread over six river drainages. These aquatic habitats support over 13 species of resident and anadromous fish as well as a multitude of other aquatic species including birds, amphibians and insects. Excellent opportunities for both bait and fly fishing abound. As you use our site, we hope you find much useful information to guide you in your fishing adventures. http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/clearwater/fish/fish.htm
- Nez Perce National Forests -- 2.2 million acres of beautiful and diverse land. From the dry, rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage, the forest offers something for everyone. This vast, diverse area is managed to provide a variety of goods and services including breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, pristine water quality, and a wide array of recreation opportunities. The Forest is best known for its wild character. Nearly half of the Forest is designated wilderness. fs.usda.gov/nezperce
- South Fork, Snake River - Among recreationists, the South Fork is known throughout the country as a premier blue ribbon trout fishery, and was selected as the host site for the 1997 World Fly-Fishing Championship. More than 300,000 visitors each year enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, and boating. http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en/fo/upper_snake/recreation_sites_/South_fork_of_Snake_River.html
- Henry's Fork, Silver Creek Teton River - The Henry's Fork of the Snake River runs through Island Park and the spring fed tributaries create an ideal situation for enjoyable and unparalleled fly fishing. Many notables including Jack Hemingway and President Theodore Roosevelt were a big fan of Henr'y Fork. http://www.visitidaho.org/thingstodo/fishing.aspx
- Lochsa River - This is a special fly fishing venue, with crystal-clear water and lots of westslope cutthroat trout. From its beginnings in the Selway Bitterroot Mountains just west of the Idaho-Montana border, this often powerful river flows for nearly 70 miles to a point near Lowell, Idaho. 'Lochsa' comes from the Nez Perce Indian phrase for 'rough water", so some of the river sections are world-famous for whitewater rafting and anglers need to take care. http://www.idaho-insider.com/lochsariveridaho.html
- Kelly Creek - Top fly fishing in the Clearwater National Forest, is considered by many anglers to be the premier fly fishing water in Idaho. From its beginnings way high in the Bitterroot Mountains on the Idaho/Montana border, Kelly Creek later flows into the North Fork of the Clearwater River at Kelly Forks campground. http://www.idaho-insider.com/kellycreekidaho.html
- Sawtooth National Recreation Area : The Stanley-Sawtooth area offers an incredibly rewarding myriad of fishing opportunities. The famous Main Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon rivers offer endless opportunities for bank fishing wade fishing and float fishing. Include the hundreds of high mountain lakes and car-accessible valley lakes and the Stanley Sawtooth area is a anglers dream. http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sawtooth/recreation
- Glacier National Park – Called the “Crown of the Continent”. Features a host of beautiful lakes and streams filled with diverse species of fish. Go fishing, rafting, or kayaking on the Flathead River, part of one of America’s longest wild and scenic river systems. www.nps.gov/glac
- Montana’s pristine waters offer abundant wild trout and a multitude of other fish species and West Yellowstone offers some of the best! Surrounding West Yellowstone are some of the country’s top trout streams: the Madison River, Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, and the Henrys Fork of the Snake River. A short drive into Yellowstone Park brings you to the upper Madison, the Firehole, and the Gibbon Rivers.
- Yellowstone River -- Clear, cool, swift, and challenging, the free-flowing Yellowstone River offers fishermen and river runners some of Montana’s best water. To fishermen, its blue-ribbon waters are known worldwide for an abundance of big trout. http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide/q_Yellowstone_River__1039825479787.aspx
- Flathead Lake and River – The largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi joins with the north, middle, and south forks of the Flathead River, offering anglers and water recreationists a world of opportunities. http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/guide/filterquery.aspx?q=NAME_Flathead%20River
- The Gallatin River runs clean and lively with fish. It’s one of Montana's most magnificent blue-ribbon rainbow, Yellowstone cutthroat, and brown trout streams … and a favorite destination of paddlers, anglers, and families. See why West Yellowstone is called by many ‘the fly-fishing capital of the world.”
- Some of the best float and deep-water trout fishing are available on Hebgen Lake, Earthquake Lake, Henrys Lake, and Island Park Reservoir, all a short drive from West Yellowstone. Hebgen Lake is located just nine miles northwest and offers something for everyone. Bring your inner tube, belly boat, canoe, kayak, inflatables, or sail, power, or fishing boat out to the lake and enjoy a day on the water. Several marinas offer docks and convenient boating (including rentals) and fishing supplies.
- There is fishing for every season, even winter. Hebgen and ‘Quake Lakes boasts some great ice fishing, while the Gallatin River is open for those willing to cast a fly.
- Island Lake – Provides spectacular vistas of Island Lake and the Beartooth Mountains. Island Lake is the trailhead for the Beartooth High Lake Trail, an easy hike leading to numerous mountain lakes. www.fs.fed.us/r2/shoshone/recreation/fishing/snf_fish_site/lakes_reservoirs/islandlake.htm
- Beartooth Lake – Great for hiking, biking, fishing, and picnicking. www.byways.org/explore/byways/2281/places/35632/
- Crazy Creek – The Take a 200-yard upstream to see a mountainside full of water splashing over rocks. It’s gorgeous in June, when the streams are at their maximum runoff level. www.visitmt.com/categories/moreinfo.asp?IDRRecordID=6915&siteid=1
- Kootenai River -- The best kept secret in the Pacific Northwest. Come experience fly fishing at its best without the competition! The state record rainbow trout was caught on the David Thompson Historic Trail, just below Libby Dam. At 33.1 lbs, it was a lunker!
- Montana’s fishing experiences are many. Begin your personal collection with information from http://www.visitmt.com/experiences/outdoor_activities/fishing/
- More information: http://www.libbymt.com/outdoors/fishing.htm
- Hells Canyon Scenic Byway , All American Road -- offers the fisher-person a variety of opportunities from serene mountain streams for brook and rainbow trout, to lakes easily accessible to those requiring a bit of effort to reach, to steelhead caught from the banks of a wild and scenic river, to small mouth bass and sturgeon. http://www.hellscanyonbyway.com/index.html
- The Fish Train -- At Minam, hop aboard the Eagle Cap Excursion Train in February and March for an early spring steelhead fishing experience unlike any other. Ride the train to a favorite hole along the roadless 8-mile stretch of the Wallowa River, pull the cord, and the train lets you off at your very own special fishing spot. The Wallowa River scenery is spectacular in the canyon and in more easily accessible stretches along the highway. www.eaglecaptrain.com
- Hells Canyon National Recreation Area -- The mighty Snake River winds its way through Hells Canyon, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area has 925 miles of trails, which provide outstanding opportunities for fishing, and many other recreational pursuits. Outstanding fishing by traveling into the deepest part of Hells Canyon on the Snake River for day or longer trips, via jetboat with guided outfitters can result in catching trout, steelhead, sturgeon - just some of the species you will find waiting for you deep in the Canyon! http://www.fs.fed.us/hellscanyon/things_to_see_and_do/snake_river/index.shtml
- Paddles and Saddles -- Why not combine a fishing trip, rafting, and horse back trip all in one? There are several outfitters who can put together a trip where you can try your hand at fishing the high mountain lakes for beautiful trout. www.basecampbaker.com
- Small Mouth Bass : The fisheries of the reservoirs behind Hells Canyon, Brownlee, and Oxbow Dams are amazing for a bit more warm water spices. Record small mouth bass, crappies, and crawfish, along with others are found here. With great camping and lodging opportunities nearby, or at the waters edge. www.basecampbaker.com
- Colville National Forest -- Spanning 1.1 million acres in northeastern Washington and includes the Kettle River, Selkirk mountain ranges, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River. The forest boasts an array of rivers, streams, and lakes for fishing. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/colville/fisheries/ for more information.
- Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park -- Yellowstone is the world’s first national park. The Yellowstone, Gallatin, and Madison Rivers are bursting with trout, cutthroats, rainbows, and brookies. The Teton River is known for its world-class fly fishing.
- Buffalo Bill Reservoir and State Park – Displays local history and wildlife interpretation. Offers facilities for hiking, camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and windsurfing. www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Buffalo-Bill-State-Park/2581
- North Platte River – A great place to hook a trout.
- Green River – Boasting miles of first-class fly fishing and stream fishing. Popular for drift boat fishing as well as casting a line from the bank. www.mountainmancountry.com/activities/summer-recreation/fishing.html; http://gf.state.wy.us/downloads/pdf/Fish/Newsletters/Pinedale/PE_Newsletter_2009.pdf
- Wind River – Chase sport fish like large-mouth bass and walleye in the summer. In the winter, many of the lakes in Wind River Country freeze solid and make for great ice fishing. www.wind-river.org/info/fishing.php
- Boulder and Fremont Lakes – Visit these scenic spots to catch the perfect salmon.
- Bradley, Jackson, and Lake Solitude – High-country lakes offering excellent big-fish opportunities.
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