Montana Rivers Fishing Access Secrets
Montana rivers stretch far and wide; amid snowcapped mountains, grassy hills, cliffs, canyons, and forests. From the mighty Madison to the raging Yellowstone, the mellow Jefferson to the picturesque Gallatin, the rivers and streams are endless in Montana.
Unfortunately, accessing these rivers is getting increasingly tougher with every new land development and industrial change that each year brings. Luckily, we are here to help, and there are some easy steps you can take to access Montana rivers fishing in areas where you don’t have to fight a parking lot of 100 cars and walk three miles to get away from the distracting rush.
In Montana there exists hundreds of thousands of acres that are owned by the Montana Bureau of Land Management, or BLM for short. This land is for public use and can be utilized by fishermen to access stretches of rivers, lakes, and streams that might not have a road, bridge, or other point of entry. There are many ways to investigate and discover where these lands are located and how you can use them to access that one spot of Montana rivers fishing that you have been dying to find. There are maps you can purchase that will show you exactly where you need to go and what rules there are in place for travel and etiquette.
Another way to access Montana rivers fishing devoid of an entry point is to develop friendships with the farmers who own the surrounding land. You would be surprised what a smile and a handshake can do for you. Take a look at Google maps, familiarize yourself with the river that you are trying to fish and figure out which house is the closest to that section. Now, it’s just about gaining the courage to walk up to their door and ask for permission to fish the river where their property meets the water.
Another trick that has worked for us in the past is the old ‘six pack on a hot day’ gift. While you are driving around looking for that secret location, you usually see old and young Montana farmers working the irrigation lines or driving a tractor. If you can, wave them down and offer them a cold six pack in exchange for access to the river. Nine times out of ten they will stop what they are doing and open that rusted gate and give you free travel to your dream Montana rivers fishing hole location.