Fishing Season: Check Montana FWP regulations.

Georgetown Lake - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 13°



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Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week

1. Target the fish subsurface. Not much top water action going on. 2. Try a balanced leech by itself or with a hares ear under an indicator. 3. Cover water and be methodical and you'll catch fish!

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Map of Georgetown Lake

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Blackfoot River Outfitters
Blue Damsel Lodge

5-Day Outlook as of 2/24/24

Get your ice shacks and ice fishing rods out! Georgetown has finally fully iced over. With the warmer weather expect there to be a good amount of slush on top of the ice. The pump house area has about 12 inches of good ice and the bays have about 14. Please check ice before going and always use caution out there. Stop by the shop for the latest report and for everything you need for your trip. We're open 7a-4p Thursday - Monday! Tight lines!

Techniques & Tips as of 2/24/24

Double nymph indicator rig, leeches, streamers, and egg patterns.

Local Species Available Check Montana FWP regulations.

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    Rainbow and Brook Trout

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    Kokanee Salmon

Blackfoot River Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Zebra midge black/red, black/ 12-14
Egg Pattern Orange 12-14
Adams 14
Balance leech olive 10-12
Jig Mini Bugger olive 12

Zebra midge

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Blackfoot River Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Georgetown Lake

Georgetown Lake is Montana’s premier flatwater fishery. Rimmed by the Anaconda Mountains (aka Pintlers), it’s also among the state’s most beautiful. But the real attraction is rainbow trout in the 16"- 26" range. Yes, we said 26" rainbows. As if these giant rainbows weren’t enough – there are numbers of brook trout over 16” and many exceeding 20”! You don’t need to travel to Labrador to see fish like this – they live here - and plenty of them. The special regulations imposed now over a decade ago, continue to pay huge dividends. Much of the lake shore is closed to fishing before July 1st to maximize rainbows’ opportunity to grow well into maturity and you must return all brookies to the water immediately. As the water warms in June, these leviathans fresh off the spawn gorge themselves on damsel fly nymphs, leaches, crane fly larva, scuds and midge pupa. Pitch small buggers and leaches to single cruisers and across spring holes through the month. Later in July, continuing on into September, you can fish a nymph or streamer but try sight fishing to them in just inches to a few feet of water. If you’re a saltwater angler, it will remind you of polling the flats scanning for bones, but instead of them rooting out crabs they are toilet bowling dries on the surface. Blanketing damsel fly hatches, early morning callibaetis, gulping midge clusters and the giant olive sedge skating across the water just before dark are the occurrences you don’t want to miss! There is nothing else quite like it in Montana.

Nearest Airport:

Missoula International Airport (MSO)


Callibaetis, damselflies, traveling sedge, midges, smaller caddis

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Best Stretch:

Comers point, Rainbow Bay, Philipsburg Bay. Be sure to check FWP Fishing regulations for the SE shoreline closure.

Best Access:

Comers point, Rainbow Bay, Philipsburg Bay. Be sure to check FWP Fishing regulations for the SE shoreline closure.