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Fishing in Bigfork

Popular spots include the Swan River, where you can wade in or fish from a drift boat or kayak.  Echo Lake, located just north of Bigfork, is another popular spot to cast your rod.   Fishing on Echo Lake is typically best in the early morning and late afternoon.

The nearby Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States and is also a popular fishing destination. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow and cutthroat trout, lake trout, bass, and whitefish. Anglers can spend days exploring the lake’s many bays, coves, and islands in search of their next big catch.

Make the most out of your fishing adventures by going with a guide.  Not only do they have all the knowledge and tools, but they also know the secret spots!  Local fishing charters are available year-round, so fishermen (and women) can make the most of the winters with a little ice fishing as well.

Fishing regulations vary by location, species of fish and time of year.  It is your responsibility to know the laws and get a fishing license.  And, as with any outdoor activity it is important to practice Leave No Trace principles. 

Ice Fishing

Bigfork offers more than just summertime lakes, rivers, and streams for fishing enthusiasts. In the winter, anglers can take advantage of the frozen lakes and try their hand at ice fishing.

Going with a guide is always a good idea for ice fishing as they have the expertise, equipment, and knowledge of the best spots. Many local fishing charters are available year-round, including during the winter months for ice fishing excursions. With the right gear and a little guidance, anglers can have a successful ice fishing adventure in the Bigfork area.

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