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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout at Hebgen Lake in Montana.

Hebgen Lake, MT

Less than a 15-mile ride from West Yellowstone, MT is Hebgen Lake, a trout anglers' paradise. This 11,000-acre lake is an impoundment of the Madison River with over 65 miles of shoreline. Visitors tend to focus more on fishing here, and less on boating and other water sports.

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Hebgen Lake, located in southwestern Montana near Yellowstone National Park, is a renowned fishing destination known for its pristine waters and diverse fish populations. This 15-mile long reservoir covers over 12,000 acres and offers anglers a variety of fishing opportunities.

One of the popular fish species found in Hebgen Lake is the rainbow trout. This lake is known for its healthy population of rainbow trout, which can grow to impressive sizes. Anglers can target rainbow trout using various methods such as fly fishing, spin fishing, or bait fishing. The clear waters of Hebgen Lake provide excellent visibility, allowing anglers to spot trout and make precise casts.

Brown trout is another sought-after species in Hebgen Lake. These elusive fish offer a rewarding challenge for anglers, and the lake is renowned for producing trophy-sized brown trout. Anglers often use fly fishing techniques with streamer patterns or nymphs to entice these wary fish. The beauty and size of the brown trout in Hebgen Lake attract anglers from near and far.

Hebgen Lake is also home to other fish species such as cutthroat trout and kokanee salmon. Cutthroat trout, Montana's state fish, provide a unique angling experience and can be caught using fly fishing techniques or spin fishing with lures. Kokanee salmon offer a fast-paced fishing experience, particularly during their spawning runs. Anglers often target kokanee salmon by trolling with downriggers or casting with spoons or lures.

Anglers visiting Hebgen Lake should be aware of fishing regulations and obtain the appropriate licenses. It's important to follow catch limits, size restrictions, and specific rules regarding certain fish species to ensure the sustainability of the fish populations and the preservation of the lake's ecosystem.

With its stunning surroundings, diverse fish species, and excellent fishing and boating opportunities, Hebgen Lake offers anglers an unforgettable fishing experience in Montana. Whether it's targeting rainbow or brown trout, pursuing cutthroat trout, or casting for kokanee salmon, Hebgen Lake provides a picturesque and rewarding angling adventure amidst the beauty of Montana's landscapes.

Fly fishing for big browns and rainbows is the primary draw, with the potential to catch a dream fish on every cast. Plenty of campgrounds and RV parks surround the lake as do boat launch ramps and marinas. The combination of scenic views and alluring fishing make this a favorite destination for a day of fishing or an extended family vacation. Ice fishing in winter is available once there is safe ice.

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Primary fish species residing in Hebgen Lake

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Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brook trout Brown trout

Hebgen Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Hebgen Lake, and several boat ramps are available for anglers to launch their boats. The lake allows for motorized boats, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore different areas of the reservoir and access prime fishing spots. Whether it's trolling for trout or cruising along the picturesque shoreline, boating enhances the overall fishing experience on Hebgen Lake.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Kirkwood Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats and pontoon boats
406 646-7540

Madison Arm Resort
Rentals: Fishing boats
406 646-9328

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cherry Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off USFS Road 167, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Kirkwood Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off Access Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Lonesomehurst Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Denny Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.

Old Ranch Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, in the Grayling Arm, off Old Ranch Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Rainbow Point Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, in the Grayling Arm, off Holiday Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off US Highway 287, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Kirkwood Marina
11500 Hebgen Lake Rd.
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
406 646-7540

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Camping facilities can be found near Hebgen Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds provide amenities such as picnic areas, fire pits, and restrooms, making it convenient for anglers and their families to enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground - 406 646-4242

Rainbow Point Campground - 406 646-1012

Hebgen Basin Campground - 406 646-1012

Cherry Creek Campground - 406 823-6961

Spring Creek Campground - 406 823-6961

Campfire Lodge Resort Campground - 406 646-7258

Beaver Creek Campground - 406 823-6961

Bakers Hole Campground - 877 646-1012

Lonesomehurst Campground - 877 444-6777

Hebgen Lake MT Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Hebgen Lake
Kirkwood Marina
11500 Hebgen Lake Rd
West Yellowstone, MT59758
406 646-7540


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