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trip description for Missouri River Full-Day Jet Boat in Helena

Jet your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling your way up and down the Missouri River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this full-day excursion, your U.S. Coast Guard-certified guide will use the jet boat to motor upriver, shut down the motor, and row you through the premium runs over and over again. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

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Missouri River Full-Day Jet Boat

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16 ft 1 - 2 People From $750
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Fishing in Helena
Fishing in Helena
trip description for Missouri River Jet Boat in Helena

Meet up on the Mighty Mo (Missouri River) for an awesome Jet Boat trip chasing Monster Rainbows and Big Browns on a blue ribbon tailwater with your pro guide Ikaika. Expect big, and very calm, moving water which is usually pretty difficult to cover in a drift boat, but with a jet boat to motor you around you will have much more flexibility to hit all the best spots on the river (multiple times even!). This river is known for its extremely large fish and is located in the Gates of the Mountains where Lewis and Clark Rowed through themselves exploring the West. The average size fish is ~17-18in and there are really great chances at 20+ inch fish all over. On this full-day excursion, Ikaika will use his jet boat to motor upriver, shut down the motor, and row you through the premium canyon runs over and over again. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep to wade fish and allow you to really hone in on the best runs. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Ikaika is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Read More

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Missouri River Jet Boat

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Fishing in Helena
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trip description for Holter Lake Full-Day Jet Boat in Helena

Jet your way on the water with one of our guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling yourself around Holter Lake to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Upper Holter Lake is located only 20 minutes north of Helena, Montana. This beautiful lake is primarily a Rainbow Trout fishery, with Rainbows averaging 18″-20″. You can also expect to hook the occasional Brown Trout that can get up to 30"" or more! This lake is home to excellent ""Gulper"" fishing, similar to what is seen in the Hebgen and Ennis Lakes. On this full-day excursion, One of our U.S. Coast Guard-certified crew members will use the jet boat to motor you around Holter Lake and find where the fish are biting. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

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Holter Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

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trip description for Missouri River Float Trips in Helena

Meet up on the Mighty Mo (Missouri River) for an awesome float trip chasing Monster Rainbows and Big Browns on a blue ribbon tailwater with a small local group of guides. Expect big, and very calm, moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique you can expect 20 plus inch Trout. On this half or full-day excursion, Nate will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, the guides are eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Read More

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Missouri River Float Trips

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Fishing in Craig
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trip description for Missouri River Full-Day Float in Craig

Float your way through the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating the Missouri River in a drift boat to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT, to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique, you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this full-day excursion, your guide will float you from one of the public access points. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! ** We have several listings for wade fishing trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They wants you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your wade fishing trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip in Craig

Missouri River Full-Day Float

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trip description for Missouri River Float Trip in Craig

Float your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating down the Missouri River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT, to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique, you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this half or full-day excursion, your guide will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here, your guide will give you expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which he will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

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Missouri River Float Trip

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trip description for Missouri River Float Trip in Craig

Float your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating down the Missouri River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT, to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique, you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this half or full-day excursion, your guide will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here, your guide will give you expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which he will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for float trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your float trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

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Missouri River Float Trip

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Fishing in Craig
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trip description for Missouri River Full-Day Float in Craig

Float your way through the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be floating the Missouri River in a drift boat to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT, to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique, you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this full-day excursion, your guide will float you from one of the public access points. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – We have you covered. Your guide(s) will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! ** We have several listings for wade fishing trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They wants you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your wade fishing trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

River Fishing Trip in Craig

Missouri River Full-Day Float

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Fishing in Helena
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Fishing in Helena
trip description for Missouri River Full-Day Jet Boat in Helena

Jet your way on the water with your guide and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling your way up and down the Missouri River to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The Missouri River is recommended for experienced fly fishers who are looking for a challenge that will pay off with some bigger fish. The upper stretch of the Missouri River (the “Mighty Mo”) from Toston, MT to Townsend, MT, has very calm moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique you can expect 20-plus inch Trout. Anglers looking for an even bigger challenge can target the Common Carp, which is becoming increasingly sought after in this river. On this full-day excursion, your U.S. Coast Guard-certified guide will use the jet boat to motor upriver, shut down the motor, and row you through the premium runs over and over again. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone, or Fort Smith, Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies, and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

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Missouri River Full-Day Jet Boat

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16 ft 1 - 2 People From $750
Fishing in Helena
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trip description for Holter Lake Full-Day Jet Boat in Helena

Jet your way on the water with one of our guides and get ready for an action-packed day of Montana fishing from one of the best guides around! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be propelling yourself around Holter Lake to target some Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Upper Holter Lake is located only 20 minutes north of Helena, Montana. This beautiful lake is primarily a Rainbow Trout fishery, with Rainbows averaging 18″-20″. You can also expect to hook the occasional Brown Trout that can get up to 30"" or more! This lake is home to excellent ""Gulper"" fishing, similar to what is seen in the Hebgen and Ennis Lakes. On this full-day excursion, One of our U.S. Coast Guard-certified crew members will use the jet boat to motor you around Holter Lake and find where the fish are biting. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep or dangerous to wade fish. From here, your guide will give you some expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, your guide is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Regardless of where you are staying – Bozeman, Ennis, Cameron, Helena, Livingston, West Yellowstone or Fort Smith, Montana – Nate has you covered. He or another one of his guides will be able to pick you up at your vacation rental, lodge, hotel, campsite, or the airport. If your place of lodging is out of the way, just meet your guide at a convenient location for your day(s) on the water. Your guide will provide all the rods, reels, flies and tippet you need to get out on the water and catch some fish. They will even have a tasty lunch for all guests. Let them know when booking if you will need to rent waders and wading boots, which they will provide at an additional cost. All you need to bring is a valid Montana Fishing license. A hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, and a rain jacket are recommended. Enjoy your day out on the water with your guide! **We have several listings for jet boat trips at nearby locations in the Bozeman / Yellowstone National Park area. They want you to have the best experience possible, so if the fishing is better in another lake or river, they may recommend another location. Whether you want to stick with this spot or hear about other spots, feel free to book your jet boat trip on this listing, and they will get in contact with you about the details!** Read More

Lake Fishing Trip near Craig

Holter Lake Full-Day Jet Boat

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Fishing in Helena
Fishing in Helena
Fishing in Helena
trip description for Missouri River Float Trips in Helena

Meet up on the Mighty Mo (Missouri River) for an awesome float trip chasing Monster Rainbows and Big Browns on a blue ribbon tailwater with a small local group of guides. Expect big, and very calm, moving water with large, easily spooked Rainbow and Brown Trout. Just the sound of the line hitting the water can scare away these fish, so be prepared to make some smooth casts. Once you get down the technique you can expect 20 plus inch Trout. On this half or full-day excursion, Nate will row you where you need to be in a maneuverable drift boat as you take in the beautiful scenery. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Drift boats allow anglers to cover a larger area and access places that may be unsafe for wading. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, the guides are eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Read More

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Missouri River Float Trips

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1 - 2 People From $600
Fishing in Helena
Fishing in Helena
Fishing in Helena
trip description for Missouri River Jet Boat in Helena

Meet up on the Mighty Mo (Missouri River) for an awesome Jet Boat trip chasing Monster Rainbows and Big Browns on a blue ribbon tailwater with your pro guide Ikaika. Expect big, and very calm, moving water which is usually pretty difficult to cover in a drift boat, but with a jet boat to motor you around you will have much more flexibility to hit all the best spots on the river (multiple times even!). This river is known for its extremely large fish and is located in the Gates of the Mountains where Lewis and Clark Rowed through themselves exploring the West. The average size fish is ~17-18in and there are really great chances at 20+ inch fish all over. On this full-day excursion, Ikaika will use his jet boat to motor upriver, shut down the motor, and row you through the premium canyon runs over and over again. This technique will allow you to access water that is too deep to wade fish and allow you to really hone in on the best runs. From here he'll give you some of his expert fly-fishing tips and let you try your luck. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Ikaika is eager to teach and will get some fish on your line! Read More

River Fishing Trip near Craig

Missouri River Jet Boat

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1 - 2 People From $700

Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Craig

What are the best fishing trips in Craig?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 trips in Craig, and the most popular trips in the area are Missouri River Float Trip guided by Nate and Missouri River Full-Day Float guided by Nate.

Our guides in Craig are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2727 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Craig? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Craig.

What types of fishing trips are common in Craig?

River fishing is the most popular in Craig as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Craig are: 1. brown trout and 2. rainbow trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Craig are fly fishing, drift fishing, and wading.

How much does a Craig fishing trip cost?

in Craig prices can range anywhere from about $590 to $750, but the average price for a half day trip in Craig is $500. The average price for a full day trip in Craig is $694.

What month is best for fishing in Craig?

The most popular season for fishing in Craig is summer, and most anglers book their trips 14 days in advance.

Do I need a Craig fishing license and what are the bag limits in Craig?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Craig, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Craig. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Craig.

What is fishing in Craig all about?

Fishing in Craig, Montana, offers anglers a gateway to some of the finest trout waters in the American West. Situated along the legendary Missouri River, Craig is renowned as a premier destination for fly fishing enthusiasts seeking world-class trout fishing. The Missouri River is famous for its abundant populations of wild rainbow and brown trout, as well as its prolific hatches of aquatic insects that attract anglers from around the globe.

One of the main draws of fishing in Craig is the opportunity to experience the fabled "Blue Ribbon" trout fishing that the Missouri River is known for. With its clear, cold waters and healthy fish populations, the Missouri River provides an ideal habitat for trout to thrive. Anglers can enjoy casting dry flies, nymphs, and streamers to rising trout in the river's riffles, runs, and pools, while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding canyon walls and rugged landscapes.

In addition to the Missouri River, Craig serves as a hub for anglers looking to explore other nearby waters, including the neighboring Holter Lake and Hauser Lake. These reservoirs offer excellent fishing opportunities for trout, walleye, and other gamefish, providing anglers with a diverse range of angling experiences to enjoy. Whether you're floating the Missouri River or casting from the shores of Holter Lake, fishing in Craig promises excitement, challenge, and unforgettable memories amidst the stunning beauty of Montana's wilderness.

What are the most popular months to fish in Craig?

Fishing seasons in Craig, Montana, offer anglers an exciting array of opportunities throughout the year, shaped by the changing seasons and the behavior of local fish species. Spring heralds the beginning of prime fishing season as fish such as trout, whitefish, and walleye become more active after the winter months. Anglers eagerly anticipate the opening of trout season in April, when rivers and streams are stocked with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Additionally, springtime brings the spawning season for whitefish, drawing anglers to rivers and lakes to pursue these abundant and hard-fighting fish.

Summer brings its own set of fishing opportunities to Craig as temperatures rise and fish seek cooler waters. Anglers can target a variety of warm-water species such as bass, pike, and catfish in the area's lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Whether casting from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline, summer offers anglers the chance to enjoy leisurely days on the water while trying their luck at catching a variety of freshwater fish. Additionally, nearby Missouri River provides excellent opportunities for anglers to target trout, whitefish, and other species in its pristine waters, with scenic views of the surrounding mountains adding to the allure of fishing in this iconic river.

Fall signals the transition to cooler temperatures and a change in fishing opportunities in Craig. As the water temperatures drop, trout fishing picks up again, with fish becoming more active as they feed voraciously in preparation for the colder months ahead. Whether fishing from the shore, wading in a river, or casting from a boat, fall fishing in Craig provides anglers with the chance to experience the beauty of the autumn foliage while enjoying some excellent fishing opportunities.

What types of fishing are popular in Craig?

In Craig, Montana, anglers have a plethora of fishing options to explore, catering to a diverse range of preferences and skill levels. Fly fishing reigns supreme in this picturesque town, situated along the legendary Missouri River, renowned for its world-class trout fisheries. Whether you're wading the river's riffles and runs or floating its calm waters in a drift boat, fly fishing in Craig promises an immersive experience amidst stunning natural surroundings and abundant trout populations.

For those seeking a more relaxed approach to angling, lake fishing in Craig offers a tranquil alternative to the rushing currents of the Missouri River. Nearby reservoirs such as Holter Lake and Hauser Lake provide ample opportunities for anglers to cast lines for a variety of gamefish, including trout, walleye, and bass. Whether you're fishing from the shore, trolling from a boat, or dropping lines from a kayak, lake fishing in Craig promises peaceful moments and the chance to reel in impressive catches against the backdrop of Montana's scenic landscapes.

In addition to fly fishing and lake fishing, Craig also offers opportunities for anglers to explore spin fishing techniques on the Missouri River and its surrounding waters. Whether you're casting spinners, spoons, or crankbaits, spin fishing in Craig provides a fun and accessible way to target trout and other gamefish. With its calm waters, abundant fish populations, and stunning natural beauty, Craig is a haven for anglers of all stripes looking to enjoy the thrill of fishing in the heart of Montana's wilderness.

What species are popular in Craig?

In Craig, Montana, anglers have access to a variety of fishing species that inhabit the pristine waters of the region's rivers, streams, and lakes. One of the most sought-after species by anglers is trout, which includes rainbow, brown, and cutthroat varieties. These trout thrive in the cold, clear waters of Montana's waterways, making Craig a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Whether casting dry flies, nymphs, or streamers, anglers can test their skills against these elusive and prized gamefish while surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Rocky Mountains.

In addition to trout, Craig offers opportunities to catch whitefish, a species that is abundant in many of the region's rivers and lakes. These hard-fighting fish provide anglers with an alternative fishing experience and can be caught using a variety of techniques, including fly fishing, spin fishing, and bait fishing. Whether fishing from the shore or a boat, anglers can enjoy the challenge of hooking into whitefish while enjoying the scenic beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

Furthermore, Craig boasts excellent fishing for warm-water species such as bass, pike, and walleye in the area's lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. These species provide anglers with additional opportunities for exciting fishing adventures, whether casting from a boat, kayak, or the shoreline. With its diverse range of fishing opportunities, Craig offers something for anglers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy amidst the natural splendor of Montana's landscapes.

What are the best places to fish in Craig?

In Craig, Montana, anglers have access to some of the most coveted fishing spots in the region, thanks to the town's prime location along the Missouri River. One of the top fishing destinations in Craig is the "Blue Ribbon" section of the Missouri River, renowned for its exceptional trout fishing. This stretch of the river boasts an abundance of wild rainbow and brown trout, making it a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts seeking trophy catches amidst breathtaking scenery.

Another must-visit location for fishing in Craig is Holter Lake, a picturesque reservoir located just a short drive from town. Holter Lake offers excellent opportunities for anglers to target a variety of gamefish, including trout, walleye, and perch. Whether you're fishing from the shore, trolling from a boat, or casting lines from a kayak, Holter Lake provides ample space and pristine waters for anglers of all skill levels to enjoy.

Additionally, the nearby Hauser Lake is another hotspot for fishing in Craig, offering similar angling opportunities to Holter Lake. With its calm waters and scenic surroundings, Hauser Lake provides a tranquil setting for anglers to cast lines and soak in the beauty of Montana's wilderness. Whether you're seeking the challenge of fly fishing on the Missouri River or the serene ambiance of lake fishing at Holter Lake or Hauser Lake, Craig offers a diverse range of fishing experiences that are sure to delight anglers of all persuasions.

Other things to do in Craig

While fishing is undoubtedly a highlight in Craig, Montana, there's a wealth of activities to explore for those looking to diversify their experiences. Outdoor enthusiasts can embark on scenic hikes or leisurely nature walks along the trails that wind through the surrounding mountains and forests. The nearby Lewis and Clark National Forest offers miles of trails, providing ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting amidst the stunning wilderness of Montana.

For those seeking a more adventurous outing, Craig serves as an ideal base for exploring the Missouri River, a designated Blue Ribbon trout stream renowned for its world-class fly fishing and stunning scenery. Visitors can take guided float trips or kayak excursions along the river, enjoying the thrill of navigating its pristine waters while soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Additionally, the nearby Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area offers opportunities for guided boat tours and scenic cruises, providing visitors with an unforgettable glimpse of Montana's natural beauty.

History buffs can delve into the rich heritage of the area by visiting local landmarks and historic sites. The nearby Missouri Headwaters State Park, located at the confluence of the Missouri, Madison, and Jefferson Rivers, offers interpretive exhibits and guided tours that explore the history and significance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Visitors can learn about the area's Native American cultures, early explorers, and fur traders while exploring the park's scenic trails and picnic areas. With its diverse range of attractions and activities, Craig invites visitors to experience the best of Montana's outdoor adventures and cultural heritage.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    We had an awesome trip with guide Matt!

    Trenay H. with Nate S. of Helena, Montana

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great trip on the Missouri River drift boat fishing with Shelly. Extreamly knowledgable & helpful for a couple of first time fly fishermen. Caught my first Rainbow off of a fly rod. Highly recommend for the beginner or veteran fisherman.

    Bob F. with Nate S. of Craig, Montana

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