Planning a Livingston Montana Fishing Trip That'll Match Your Goals, Desires, and Skills — And Limit the Nasty Surprises
Along with the Fisheries Pages, this section of the site will be the meat and potatoes for most anglers planning Livingston Montana fishing trips, especially those who are looking to fish solo rather than or in addition to going on guided trips with us.
Use the info here and on the Fisheries Pages to decide if Livingston is right for you, to learn about when and where to fish depending on the time of year, about area seasons and regulations, about tackle and generic flies you should have on a trip here, and about insect hatches and other trout food common to almost all fisheries in the area.
There’s a lot of overlap between this section of the site and the Waters Pages, so I suggest you use the pages below to begin planning, then get more specific details on flies and fisheries in the Waters section.
Fishing Regulations & Open Seasons
Public water fisheries near Livingston are subject to both Montana and Yellowstone Park fishing regulations and seasons.
Private spring creeks are exclusively barbless fly fishing only and catch and release, but are otherwise subject to state regulations. Private lakes are generally subject only to landowner regulations (basically flies or spin lures, catch and release angling).
This page gives you the basics, plus links to official sources.
The Angler's Year
Livingston-area fishing changes a lot over the course of the year. This page includes info on what the fishing is like at specific periods: which fisheries are productive when, when the best big fish vs numbers of fish fishing takes place, how the crowds are at various times, etc. Warning: there are charts!
FYI, the photo was shot in mid-April. The fishing can be great then, but you have to come prepared to shift gears in case the weather keeps the boats covered…
Tackle for the Livingston Area
The right tackle is paramount for a successful fishing trip in the Livingston area, and anywhere else for that matter. Use this page to find out what you should pack in terms of rods, reels, lines, clothing, wading gear, etc. Basically everything except flies is covered on this page.
Top Flies for the Area
While assorted insect hatches can be critical for success, most of the time you can catch at least some fish in this area on just a few standards and standbys.
This page includes suggestions on the flies you should always carry in the area, regardless of where you’ll be fishing.
Area Trout Prey: Bugs and Fish and Eggs, Oh My
Sometimes it pays to get specific. This page includes general hatch charts for the region, as well as descriptions of other food items and when they work well.
This page gives an overview of the region’s hatches. Use the Our Fisheries pages for detailed info on which hatches are important on specific fisheries, and keep an eye on our fishing report for up-to-the-minute (really up to the week, in-season) details.
(The bug is a Callibaetis mayfly, THE important mayfly on area lakes and ponds.)