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5 Spots to Fly Fish around Three Forks

Posted by Sacajawea Hotel on May 2, 2019, 8:00:00 AM


When it comes to fly fishing in the Headwaters region, your choices are as big as that expansive sky we’re so famous for. Be sure to bring your fly rod along to get out on the river when you visit Three Forks. Here are some of the top places to hit.

Three Forks Ponds

For that easy trip to get a fly on the water without going far, the Three Forks Ponds are the spot. Stocked with carp, yellow perch, largemouth bass and bluegill, the ponds are the perfect place to teach your kids to fish while you enjoy the warm summer air. And if you don’t let something like a little bit of winter rule your life, ice fishing out on the frozen ponds makes for a rugged Montana experience.

Missouri Headwaters

At Missouri Headwaters State Park, you have the power of three rivers to choose from—the Madison, the Jefferson, and the mighty Missouri. With plenty of holes to fish, you’ll never be bored with the options here. A boat launch lets rafters and drift boat owners get out onto the water with ease, and there are lots of places to break for a picnic lunch.

Drouillard Fishing Access

Named after George Drouillard—the man hired by the Lewis & Clark Expedition as a civilian interpreter, making him only one of only two non-military men on the expedition—this fishing access site just west of town lets you add an historic bent to your fishing trip. With a gravel ramp to help launch your watercraft, this is a good starting point for a short eight-mile float ending at Missouri Headwaters. It’s a great option if you’re a little short on time but still want to put in some river miles.

Milwaukee Fishing Access

What the Milwaukee Fishing Access Site lacks in ambiance—its location just below the interstate isn’t the most remote—it makes up for in benefits. There’s great fishing here even late in the season, since it still holds a lot of water. And its proximity to the Three Forks bike paths means you can grab one of the beach cruisers from the Sacajawea and pedal right to it. The FAS straddles the river, joined by the bike path bridge that brings you easy access.  

Black’s Ford Fishing Access

Located on the Madison not far from Norris Hot Springs, Black’s Ford can be busy in the summer with recreational floaters using it as a takeout for the popular Bikini Run. But the fishing makes it a perfect early morning spot, before all the floaters get there. And a quick dip at Norris afterward, with brews and gourmet food to go along with the natural mineral water, doesn’t sound half bad!

We know the choices can seem a bit daunting when there are this many miles of river around. If you feel like getting another expert opinion, opt to go with a guide instead. To streamline your planning, book your fishing trip directly when you reserve your room at the Sacajawea.


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