For those anglers who prefer fishing off the beaten path we offer guided trips to several private lakes as well as Willow Creek which reside on private land.
Some of the biggest trout around reside in many of the private lakes and ponds in the region. Trout over 2 feet are occasionally hooked, with 15-20 inch rainbow, brown and brook trout being the norm. These trout have a pretty easy life feeding on the plethora of aquatic insects that reside in their habitat. Common summertime hatches include Callibaetis, damsels and terrestrials which can keep the fish looking up to the surface to feed.
Most of these Stillwater fisheries can be fished out of a drift boat, giving clients the opportunity to sight fish to cruising trout. Since these fisheries are all privately managed, an access fee is charged on top of your guide fee that goes driectly to the landowner Typically these run $50-100 per angler per day.
These lakes are a great option during spring runoff time. If you are around Livingston during mid May through late June, many of the rivers water levels can be high due to snowmelt. Our local Stillwater fisheries have consistent water clarity throughout the season,
Willow Creek is a small tailwater fishery outside of Three Forks, Montana. Once leaving Harrison Reservoir, the creek flows through several miles of rocky canyons and meadows that are very picturesque. Access into the canyon requires a short hike down to the creek, but you are normally rewarded with numerous rainbow an dbrown trout in the 10-15 inch range. The lower meadow stretches of Willow Creek are easier terrain with lots of riffle, run, and pool water that hold great populations of fish.
Access to Willow Creek is controlled by the ranch owner, so arrangements should be made ahead of time. Please contact us for more information.
"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most opimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."