First of all you do need a license to fish in Montana (the exception is if you decide to fish in Glacier National Park, no license is needed, but they do have their own set of rules. Go to: http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for details).
Locally to purchase a visitor’s fishing license you can get them at several locations close to Whitefish: Lakestream Fly Shop [334 Central Ave.], Sportsman and Ski Haus [Mountain Mall] and Stumptown Anglers [5790 US Hwy 93 S]. Prices vary depending how long the license is good for & age, (under 11 years of age licenses are FREE!) See http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/license/availableLicenses.html for prices, and you can even apply online.
Fishing opportunities abound here in the Flathead Valley. Within 50 miles of Kalispell there are over 236 fishing “holes” for you to explore.
While you’re picking up your license, pick up the current year’s Montana Fishing Regulation booklet, chock full of good info including types of fish at which locale you can expect to find, as well as the fishing rules you need to be aware of.
For the best places to buy poles, flies or bait and to get advice on “what’s biting” stop in at some of our local fishing shops: Lakestream Fly Shop (406-862-1298 – http://www.lakestream.com/ ) and Stumptown Anglers (406 862-4554 – http://www.stumptownangler.com/) Both shops are well versed in the area’s fishing “gold mines” and they can also set you up with a fishing guide, if you’d rather just fish! Many of the local rafting companies also offer half and full day fly fishing trips.
So come to Whitefish and “go fish!”
Author: Sarah Stewart