Where to Fish Blackfoot River


The Blackfoot River, one of twelve renowned "Blue Ribbon" rivers in Montana and a major tributary of the Clark Fork of the Columbia River, begins at the junction of Beartrap and Anaconda creeks near the Continental Divide. The river flows west 132 miles to its mouth at Bonner, Montana. From its headwaters to Mineral Hill near the junction of MT 200 and MT 141, the Blackfoot drops through glaciated high-alpine meadows and runs between steep, forested slopes. Above Lincoln, Montana, the river almost annually goes underground. Below Lincoln it reappears and meanders through conifer forests and wetlands to Nevada Creek. About 4 miles downstream the river falls sharply toward the North Fork of the Blackfoot, and cover becomes instream rocks and boulders, bank grasses and brush. For its remaining 52 miles, the Blackfoot levels out, and moves through open ranch and timbered areas. It steepens again from the Roundup Fishing Access Site to Johnsrud Park, 13 miles from the mouth, passing mostly through a timbered and somewhat narrow canyon with high walls. From the North Fork downstream, the Blackfoot lends itself gradually to floating, swimming, and wading. A free flowing river, the Blackfoot is affected by Milltown Dam, which has blocked fish passage on the Clark Fork River since 1907. The Blackfoot River Trout Restoration Initiative focuses on the recovery of native fish species, and depends on cooperating agencies, watershed groups, and landowners to protect the river's many resources and uses.

Mile Upper 127.319
Mile Lower 0.0
Directions
Mouth Latitude/Longitude 46.87132 -113.88776
Status of the Fishery
FWP Region Region 2 
County Lewis & Clark  •  Missoula  •  Powell
Fishing District Western
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Year Species Abbrv Length Weight M/C Count Sex Mort Hook Scar Disease Scales Otolith Fin Clip Tag Comment Genetics Age Stomach Intercept Slope Gear Equipment Trip Date Pass/Run Water Section Lat/Down Lon/Down Lat/Up Lon/Up
Year River Mile Angler Days Std. Error
2017 0  to  33.55 26365 4484
2015 0  to  33.55 23537 2522
2013 0  to  33.55 28991 3760
2011 0  to  33.55 16410 1819
2009 0  to  33.55 23321 2623
2017 33.55  to  52.52 18275 3742
2015 33.55  to  52.52 15906 1993
2013 33.55  to  52.52 18835 2454
2011 33.55  to  52.52 11493 1567
2009 33.55  to  52.52 16999 2197
2009 52.52  to  86.14 7918 1660
2017 52.52  to  86.14 11072 3118
2015 52.52  to  86.14 8883 1772
2013 52.52  to  86.14 10475 2023
2011 52.52  to  86.14 5283 1037
2009 86.14  to  127.32 9044 1493
2017 86.14  to  127.32 10598 4244
2015 86.14  to  127.32 8739 1805
2013 86.14  to  127.32 8619 1815
2011 86.14  to  127.32 6032 1061
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Station Name RiverMile Website Link
Blackfoot R ab Nevada Cr nr Helmville MT 70 Link
Blackfoot River near Bonner MT 7 Link