Yellowstone River

Details

Location:
Big Timber, MT
United States United States
Coordinates:
45.8053, -109.9841
Description:

The Yellowstone River is the longest river in Montana. Throughout its entire length from its beginning in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the Missouri River in North Dakota, the river is free of any major dams, although a couple of diversion dams do exist. As such, none of its flows are regulated in any way.

Quality trout fishing exists on the Yellowstone River for more than 300 miles, providing lots of water for anglers to choose from.

Annually, anglers from all over the country and abroad come to the banks of the Yellowstone to pay homage to this revered river.

he Yellowstone commands respect and inspires devotion, with a veritable Who’s Who of Fishing in its roll call of admirers. Some have even called the Yellowstone “the Yankee Stadium of trout fishing.” Key species: Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, whitefish, walleye, northern pike, bass, sturgeon, paddlefish, catfish, and other warm water species.

The Yellowstone is a big river varying in width from 75 to 300 feet. Only in low water can one wade across the river, so the best access is by drift boat. The most scenic portion of the Yellowstone is through "Paradise Valley" and this is also some of the very best fly fishing.

Cover/Structure:

River bed rocks, holes, brush, submerged riprap. Riffles.

Tips/Tactics:

Legendary among fly-fishers, this is America's largest undammed natural river. THE place for nymphs.

Rocky Mountain whitefish are abundant, and provide plenty of action and fun on days when trout are tougher to catch.

Spot Access:
Parking (car/truck), Picnic Area, Shore fishing access, Camping, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Map

Map for 45.8053, -109.9841
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Fishing Reports

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Fish

Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Carpcommon-219-fwsw

Carp, Common (Cyprinus Carpio)

Northernpike-240-fwsw

Northern Pike (Esox lucius)

Freshwater
Paddlefish-100-fw

Paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)

Freshwater
45
Sturgeonwhite-240-fw

Sturgeon, White (Acipenser transmontanus)

38
Brooktrout-240-fw

Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Freshwater
Browntrout-240-fw

Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta)

Freshwater
Cutthroattrout-240-fw

Trout, Cutthroat (Oncorhynchus clarki)

Freshwater
522
Fish_1116236325_speid54

Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Walleye-240-fw

Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum)

Freshwater
Fish_1246512368_speid433

Whitefish, Mountain (Prosopium williamsoni)

Freshwater
131
Whitesucker-147-fw

White Sucker (Catostomus Commersonii)

Freshwater
291

Guides

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Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters

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Angler's Haven Guide Service

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Beartooth Plateau Outfitters

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Big Sky Anglers

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Montana Angler Fly Fishing

Montana Angler Fly Fishing offers guided fly fishing trips and lodging pacakges in Southwest Montana.
Bozeman, MT, United States United States

Lodges

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Tournaments

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