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Madison River Fishing Access

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Location Information

Access Type:
  • Bank Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Kayak/Canoe Access
Latitude:
45.34901857407502
Longitude:
-111.72487068750002
Water:
Freshwater
Water Type:
River
Species:
trout
Parking:
Yes
Launch Fees:
No
Cart Needed:
No
Difficulty:
Easy

There are 14 Fishing Access Sites maintained by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the Madison River in Montana.  The Madison is one of Montana's premier trout rivers for rainbow and brown trout.  The great majority of the river is safely fished from kayaks.  The river from Hebgen Dam to Ennis Lake is primarily riffle water while below Bear Trap Canyon, the river is a slower flowing tailwater.  Although floating is authorized in the sections between Hebgen Dam and Lyons Bridge and between Ennis and Ennis Lake, angling from a boat is not allowed.   Many anglers access these sections via kayak and then wade fish. The section below Ennis Dam, known as Bear  Canyon, provides 9 mile of remote river with several difficult whitewater sections.  Ennis, Montana lies about mid-way between Hebgen Dam (river mile 100) and Three Forks, Montana (river mile 0) and has lodging, food and fishing supplies. As the Madison is designated a class I river for stream access purposes, camping is allowed anywhere along the river below the high water mark as long as the campsite is at least 500 yards and not visible from occupied private dwellings.  Extensive camping sites exist on the Lower Madison and at a few of the Upper Madison access points. More details on the Madison River Fishing Access sites can be found at: http://fwp.mt.gov/fishing/searchResults.html?siteId=1115074459269&qType=waterStream&siteType=FA

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Convenient, clean, well maintained access

Access on the Madison River between Lyons Bridge and Three Forks is good and all the sites are clean and well maintained. The Upper Madison is a rather high gradient river and is sometimes called the “50 mile riffle”. The best locations for fishing from or with a kayak are the entire Lower Madison from Warm Spring’s access all the way to Three Forks, Montana. However the sections from Warm Springs to Black’s Ford access becomes a zoo of tubers (the rubber hatch) during warm summer months. Above Ennis Lake, the best locations for kayak related fishing are the channels (Ennis Town and Valley Garden access) and the Eight Mile Ford section just south of Ennis. Both these sections have a lot braided water where the kayaker can seek solitude.

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