Bullhead Lake is a beautiful lake located in an absolutely stunning
setting. Bullhead Lake is located, quite literally, at the foot of the
Continental Divide. From the lake, the mountains soar far above the lake,
providing for a beautiful location to spend some time fishing.
Best of all, Bullhead Lake has some pretty decent fishing, too. Like Red
Rock Lake, Bullhead Lake provides solid fishing for brook trout.
There are actually two Bullhead Lakes, an upper and lower. Both of
these lakes are accessible from the Swiftcurrent
Pass Hiking Trail, with the upper lake being more accessible and
more used. Swiftcurrent Creek itself runs between these two lakes – and
provides for some fishing opportunities as well.
Bullhead Lake, due to its greater distance from the trailhead down
in the Many Glacier Valley, does not receive nearly the fishing pressure
that Red Rock Lake does. Still, it never hurts to move away from the “obvious” spots
where the fishing pressure exists – such as right where a trail
ends along the shores of the lake.
Upper Bullhead Lake is surprisingly large, measuring over 40 acres.
Additionally, much of the shoreline is relatively open, making most areas
of the lake at least moderately fly fishing friendly. Like at Red Rock
Lake, fly fisherman will have luck with small dry flies during the morning
and afternoon hours, but will have to go deep with nymphs during the
afternoons, especially on warm, sunny days. Spin fisherman will also
have good luck using small spinners, spoons and worms.
Lower Bullhead Lake provides for similar fishing, although the shores
of Lower Bullhead Lake tend to be a bit bushier. Also, don't pass up
fishing on Swiftcurrent Creek between the two lakes - a nice run exists
and because it is well away from the trail, fishing pressure is relatively
Bullhead Lake is reached by taking a 3.4 mile hike up the Swiftcurrent
Pass Hiking Trail, which begins down in the Many Glacier Valley area
of the park. Additionally, the trail passes by both Fishercap
Lake and Red Rock Lake before
reaching Bullhead Lake. Red Rock Lake tends to “intercept” most
of the anglers, allowing Bullhead Lake to have significantly lower fishing
pressure. For our section that provides information about Hiking
the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail for additional information about hiking
this beautiful and easy trail.
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