The annual Fall migration of trophy-sized brown and rainbow trout from Hebgen Lake into the Madison River is world famous and is one of the best opportunities for anglers to catch the fish of a lifetime.
It is classified as a blue ribbon fishery in Montana and is one of the most productive streams in the state for brown trout, rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.
Head to Highway now and do your fishing trip right! Packages include lodging, dining and our own Madison river fly fishing guides.
We apply professional expertise and advocacy on behalf of worthy public policies to ensure the well-being of this valuable resource. Annual runs of spawning trout make their way from Hebgen Lake, rainbows in the spring and browns in the fall.
The relatively low fishing pressure combined with the prohibition on float fishing makes this an ideal place for the wade angler who is in search of large brown trout. Past the power station the river regains its muscle and for 7 miles winds through Bear Trap Canyon.
Fish the streamers right along the banks, with fast retrieves, focusing on the areas that have undercut banks and natural obstructions such as downed trees. The Madison River emerges from Bear Trap Canyon seven miles later, still thirty-one miles above the confluence with the Missouri River.