Southern Montana has some of the most scenic lakes in
Montana, as well as some of the best fly fishing for rainbow trout and
brown trout. Conveniently, many of the lakes are located close to decent
sized towns that offer all the services a visiting angler could want.
Use of the lakes in southern Montana is quite high. The lakes receive
a fair amount of fishing pressure along with lots of use from pleasure
boaters, particularly on the weekends during the summer. To avoid the
pressure, anglers can venture out to these lakes on the weekdays or during
the off-season of spring and fall.
While southern Montana does not provide a wealth of lake fishing opportunities,
the lakes that are located here provide for excellent fly fishing. Hebgen
Lake, in particular, is known nationwide for producing excellent
fly fishing for brown trout and rainbow trout. The nearby Quake
Lake also provides very good fishing for rainbow trout in a rather
peculiar setting. And the beautiful Emerald
Lake, located at the base of the Absaroka Mountains, can not only
provide a scenic setting for any Montana fly fishing trip but also allow
anglers without a boat to enjoy good lake fly fishing.
So when visiting Montana on a fly fishing trip, don't overlook these
lakes in southern Montana. They will provide a nice change of pace away
from the busy rivers in the regions and can provide a unique fly fishing
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