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Fly Fishing in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is among top destinations in Montana for fly fishing


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Spending a hot summer day in silence and solitude, surrounded only by the mountains and crystal clear turquoise waters, is a dream that can come true in Glacier National Park. Being one of the best angling destinations in the state, Glacier National Park allows fishing without a license. However, only one rod per person is permitted, and fishermen have to release all native fish they catch. This specifically relates to the famous Montana bull trout, which is now considered to be an endangered species. Other native species include westslope cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, suckers, northern pikeminnow, lake trout, northern pike, lake whitefish, and mountain whitefish.

Fly fishing season for Glacier National Park rivers runs from the third Saturday of May till the end of November. Meanwhile, fishing in the lakes is possible year-round.

The most popular fishing spots in Glacier National Park are located on the North and Middle Forks of the Flathead River. The area boasts incredible views, transparent waters, and a substantial population of trout, in particular rainbow and brook. The Big Creek Campground is a good place to stay when fishing on the Flathead River.

Many park's lakes allow fly fishing, however, some of them lack nutrients for the fish to thrive, so it's best to stick to those that have proved to be rich with trout species. For example, Trout Lake has definitely got its name for a reason. It's a good place to fish for westslope cutthroat trout. Trout Lake can be reached via Trout Lake Trail that starts near Lake McDonald. Flathead Lake is another great fishing destination in proximity to the southern part of the park. It is famous for lake trout and kokanee salmon.

Those anglers who bring the boat to the Glacier National Park will need to purchase a license. If you wish to keep and cook fish, check the park's guidelines and regulations.

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