Fishing the Helena, Montana area

Helena, Montana is located on highway 15, the tenth longest interstate highway(1,434 miles). Helena, which has a population of about 30,000 people, is the capital of Montana and the fifth least populated capital city in the United States. It is also located within 15 miles of the Missouri River, Lake Helena, the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir and other ponds, creeks and lakes. If you’re looking for a getaway vacation, remember that Montana is one of the least populated states(44th), with just over one million people. 

To help plan the trip Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has a website with information on hunting, fishing, recreation and more. That’s where the Fishing Access Sites Field guide can be found. It has information on over 300 fishing access sites on lakes, reservoirs, ponds, streams and rivers in Montana. The website also has plenty of information for outdoor safety and rules and regulations. 

CrossCurrents is a fly fishing store in Downtown Helena, Montana that offers guide service, boat rental, fly fishing school, and more. According to Osprey Expeditions, a business that offers clients help towards a successful fishing trip, the Missouri River between Helena and Great Falls offers about 5,000 catchable-size fish per mile. He says: “I know the rivers, the guides, the lodging, the hatches, the best flies, the right equipment, and the seasons on all of the rivers of this part of Montana. I use that knowledge to help you put together a great flyfishing vacation tailored to your dreams.” Another company specializing in fishing and hunting guides is Pro Outfitters Montana. Along with other packages they also offer a five day and four night float down 61 miles of water in remote country, fishing included. But you’ll have to go about sixty miles northeast of Helena for that.

Beaver Creek, a tributary of the Missouri River has several species of fish present, of which only Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout can be kept if caught. Hauser Reservoir, also a tributary of the Missouri River, is a 3,200 acre lake created by Hauser Dam. Game fish opportunities there are Brown Trout, Burbot, Kokanee, Mountain Sucker, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Black Crappie, Brown Trout, Burbot, Channel Catfish, Mountain Whitefish, Northern Pike, Paddlefish, Rainbow Trout, Sauger, Shovelnose Sturgeon, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Yellow Perch can all be fished from the Missouri River. Although there are other species of fish present in the water, regulations state they must be returned to the water if caught. A complete list of fishing opportunities, along with maps and fishing reports can be found at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fishing Guide. 

There are also plenty of other things to do in Helena and Montana. At Yellowstone National Park are Grizzly Bears and Old Faithful Geyser. There are sixteen ski areas, seven Indian Reservations(including Niitsitapi Blackfeet and Apsaalooke Crow), numerous cities and towns and fifty four state parks. There are also annual events held in Helena like the Mount Helena Music Festival. For a more complete list of things to do in Montana visit the Montana Official State Travel Site.