Southwest Montana is known around the world as a premier trout fishing destination, and Ennis is a perfect "base camp" for exploring our many opportunities to wet a line.
The Madison River is renowned for its large population of rainbow and brown trout, and provides easy access for both waders and drift boat fishermen. The upper Madison (upstream from Ennis Lake) has large stretches of catch-and-release fishing, and fishes well most of the year. Below the lake, the Madison flows through the spectacular Bear Trap Canyon and then on to the confluence of the Missouri River. These lower stretches of the Madison are best fished during the spring and fall months.
A short drive away, the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers are also quite large providing miles of water to wade and float.
For those who want more solitude, the Ruby River is a smaller, more intimate stream that can offer a nice change of pace from the larger waters. There are also many small streams and alpine lakes in the mountains around Ennis.
Fishermen who prefer lake fishing also have plenty of choices in the Ennis Area. Hebgen, Quake, and Ennis Lakes are all part of the Madison River system. Short drives off the main highway will get you to more secluded waters such as Cliff and Wade Lakes, or the Ruby Reservoir.