With over 80 miles of world-class fishing and hatches all year long, the Bitterroot River is a fisherman`s paradise. Fish populations and regulations are carefully managed by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.



Watching a trout take your fly from the top of the water is really the pinnacle for most fly fisherman. You have a very good chance of doing just that on the Bitterroot most all year long. The river is a host to a wide variety of aquatic insects that hatch throughout the year. There are few epic hatches when big fish rise to gorge and the fishing can be unreal; such as the Skwala in early spring and the Salmonfly in late Spring. Cutthroat and Bull Trout are the natives to the Bitterroot River drainage but you can also reel in Rainbows, Brookies, or a 22` Brown. Mountain Whitefish and Pike might be found from time to time. Fish populations and mandatory release are carefully managed by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Angler`s Roost

Privately owned site open to public use, check-in at the Angler?s Roost store.

Bass Creek

Fishing is fair for small cutthroat, rainbow and brook trout. It is a day use only site with walk-in access only. Hand launching of boats is not recommended.

Bell Crossing

Day use area only. Fishing and boating may be enjoyed on the river. The boat launch is a carry-in launch.

Chief Looking Glass

Hand boat launch available.

Darby Bridge

Access the Bitterroot River on the east end of Darby, Montana.


Access the Bitterroot River on the Main Street Bridge just west of the town of Hamilton, Montana.

Florence Bridge

Day use area offering fishing and boating access with a boat launch for carry-in launching only.

Forest Cooper

4 miles south of Darby where Hwy 93 meets West Fork Rd.

Hannon Memorial

Day use with boat launch and toilets.

Lake Como

The Boat Launch at Lake Como Recreation Area has 40 boat and 8 passenger vehicle parking spots, accessible toilets, dock, no overnight camping or water. Water adequate for boating mid-June through mid-August depending on the water level.

Painted Rocks Reservoir

Boating, fishing, swimming and wildlife, The reservoir sits along the west fork of the Bitterroot River southwest of Darby, Montana.

Poker Joe

Day use area only, no facilities, walk-in access only, canoes and rafts can be hand launched from this site.

Tucker Crossing

A boat launch and toilets are available.

Wally Crawford

Day use only site, boat launch and toilets, open all season.

Woodside Bridge

Day use only, toilets, boat launch and disabled fishing platform.

Wapiti Waters Fly Fishing Montana

Jack C. Mauer, Montana Fly Fishing Outfitter has more than a 40 year investment in fishing, floating and wading the waters of western Montana. Fish alone, or in a group, with the finest guides in western Montana.
Phone: (406) 642-6548
”Fantastic place on the Bitteroot! This is the 2nd time we have rented this cottage and are ready to make reservations to return next year. Perfect location, with the river in your backyard. Wonderful little house, immaculately clean. Would highly recommend !”