Program Manager Message
Hello and thank you for your interest in our fisheries resources on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. I feel extremely fortunate to help manage your fisheries resources here. Significant portions of the Madison, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Red Rock, Ruby and Jefferson River drainages along with the Rock Creek drainage are on this Forest. Individually, these provide some of the best angling opportunities in the United States. Together, because of their proximity, they possibly represent one of the finest assemblages of trout fisheries in the world. Angling opportunities extend well beyond the rivers to an abundance of remote, scenic mountain lakes and crystal clear streams. Our waters support native cutthroat and bull trout and arctic grayling in addition to rainbow, brown and brook trout.
The fisheries program has several points of emphasis:
1) Maintaining healthy watersheds: Premier trout fisheries depend on healthy streams and riparian areas. Our biologists work hard to protect and enhance fish habitat across the Forest. We continue to promote and develop successful partnerships with private landowners, local watershed committees, conservation groups and state and federal agencies to meet this objective.
2) Native species conservation: A significant portion of our time is directed toward conserving arctic grayling, westslope cutthroat and bull trout. These species are an important part of Montana's heritage and represent a notable part of the diverse angling opportunities this Forest provides.
3) Kids fishing events and youth education. All of our biologists set aside time to work with children. Time is spent in classrooms and beside streams to teach aquatic ecology or promote fishing. We are proud of the quality of the fisheries resources our Forest provides. We want future generations to maintain an interest in angling and understand what is necessary to sustain healthy populations.
Should you have the opportunity to visit the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, we hope you have time to enjoy some of the angling opportunities we provide. I encourage you pick up a copy of Montana's fishing regulations, since angling restrictions may change from year to year and often vary between streams. Copies are available at most of our Forest Service offices or at local sporting goods stores.
Forest Fisheries Biologist