Bighorn Reservoir Montana Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Bighorn Reservoir

Bighorn Reservoir, just a few hours from Red Lodge, Montana, draws anglers year-round from all over the world to fish its trophy trout-laden water.

  • Bighorn Reservoir, created by Yellowtail Dam, extends about 70 miles through the states of Wyoming and Montana.
  • Late Summer is the best time to fish Bighorn Reservoir, in conjunction with rainbow trout spawning, continuing into early Fall.
  • Bighorn Reservoir offers boat launches, like Horseshoe Bend, for easy angler access.

Overview

Bighorn Reservoir, created by Yellowtail Dam, extends about 70 miles through the states of Wyoming and Montana and draws anglers year-round hoping to catch trout and other fish entering the reservoir from Bighorn River, known for having close to 10,000 fish per mile at the height of water flow.

Type of Waterway

Bighorn Reservoir offers boat launches, like Horseshoe Bend, for easy angler access. It’s a great idea for anglers new in the Bighorn Reservoir area to consider hiring an area guide or outfitter listed here for advice and assistance regarding fishing technique or equipment.
Fishing Seasons

Late Summer is the best time to fish Bighorn Reservoir, in conjunction with rainbow trout spawning, continuing into early Fall.

Most Common Fish Species

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Black Crappie
  • Yellow Perch
  • Walleye
  • Catfish
  • Sturgeon

Popular Sections to Fish

The Bighorn Reservoir’s most renowned fishing section is a 13-mile stretch between Yellowtail Dam and Fort Smith, starting with Afterbay Access.

More Information


Call Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor Center at 307-548-5406.

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