Ennis Lake is a medium sized reservoir that seperates the Upper and Lower Madison Rivers. A day trip on
Ennis Lake is a great option when planning a Montana fly fishing trip. The lake is located just minutes from the
town of Ennis and is also a short drive for anglers fishing around Bozeman.
Ennis lake is a very shallow impoundment with most of the lake less than 8 feet deep. The inlet where the
Channels of the Madison drain into the lake provide shallow flats with weedbeds that harbor outstanding trout
habitat. These shallow flats also allow for wade fishing. We use drift boats to access the upper half of the lake
during prime hatches that take place on the lake in the late summer. The majority of the fishing on Ennis lake is
sight fishing to large cruising browns and rainbows. We either fish directly from the drift boat or get out and
wade on some of the flats. Occasionaly we split a day with the morning spent casting to rising trout on Ennis
lake and the afternoon spent fly fishing the Madison River.
Fishing is good early in the season when the ice first melts but the fish are deeper and blind fishing around
drops and structure is most productive. As the summer progresses callibaetis and tricorythode mayflies
become the dominant food source for the trout. Intense hatches occur daily in the late summer producing a daily
feeding frenzy that every fly fisherman should experience. Trout feeding during these famous hatches have
been labeled "gulpers" after the frequent sucking noise they make as they swim around with open mouths while
inhaling the hatching mayflies.
MADISON RIVER VALLEY ~ YELLOWSTONE RIVER VALLEY ~ GALLATIN RIVER VALLEY ~ BOZEMAN ~ ENNIS ~ LIVINGSTON ~ BIG SKY~ GARDINER
406-522-9854 Montana Angler Fly Fishing, 76 Lucille Lane, Bozeman MT 59718