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Anyone fished around Whitefish and Ennis, Montana??

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I'm going to Whitefish and Ennis in Montana in the beginning in June and I was wondering if any of you gise have fished around there and where to go?

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Ennis isn't far from tons of good fishing. The Madison is close. Henry's fork, Yellowstone, Gallatin are all close enough for day trips.

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Ennis has the Madison, which some people consider to be some of the best fly fishing in the world. Personally, I find it to be busy.


Whitefish has some good fishing. Talk to Glacier Raft Co. if you are looking for guides. The middle fork of the Flathead is some great fishing and awesome scenery.



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The Madison River flows right through Ennis, Mt. June will be runoff season and the main Madison River may be too high depending the timing in June. That part of the Madison River is controlled by water release from Hebgen Dam. Hebgen Lake is currently 4 ft from full and they will release all the extra flow from the dam. Here is the water level of Hebgen Dam.




Hebgen Lake is about a 2 hr drive on Hwy 287 to get to a fishing spot from Ennis, Mt. You will be driving along the Madison River so any spot from Ennis to Hebgen will be available to you along that drive. Hebgen has hatches of midges in June and then the Callibaetis begin in mid to late June.




Explore this Hebgen Lake Map to see the US Forest Service roads you can take to fish the Grayling and Madison Arms of Hebgen Lake.


Monitor these sites on the Madison River just before you go. Here is the river flow at Cameron, MT. This will be close to the flow in Ennis. Mt.




Here is the water flow at the Ennis Lake Power Plant so this will be close to the flow in Beartrap Canyon




Pull up a Google Map of Ennis, and you can see that you can go north from HWY 287 on Jeffer's Road to fish the braided section of the Madsion before it dumps into Ennis Lake. I've never fished the braids that early, but there may be some fishable sections.


You can also fish Beartrap Canyon below Ennis Lake by taking Hwy 287 north out of Ennis and then a right on Hwy 84 toward Norris. When Hwy 84 crosses the Madison, take the first road to the right to the end of the road, park and there is a walking trail up the canyon. In June, the water temps will be OK and there will be trout.





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