• Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Winter

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Lake
Scenic
Wildlife

Beautiful frozen lake. Good ice fishing for big trout. Easy access, no hiking. 360 degree mountain views.

Hebgen Lake is a beautiful lake, just outside of Yellowstone National Park. With 21 square miles of surface, there's plenty to fish.

A favorite place to access the lake for ice fishing is by Kirkwood Resort and Marina. There's easy parking, and you can just walk right out on the lake. The locals there will be very friendly, and give you pointers if you've never been ice fishing.

Ice fishing can require a lot more patience than other kinds of fishing, but with plenty of fish in Hebgen Lake, you're likely to hook in to something! This lake is full of trout, including brown and rainbow trout. The average size is 14-18 inches, but something over 20" is not uncommon. This is an easy trip for beginners, with no hiking required, unless you want to explore further out on the lake.

Pack List

  • Ice fishing pole
  • Ice auger
  • Ice scoop and chisel
  • Bait (jigs, spoons, live bait)
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Montana fishing license
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Trent Sizemore

My love for the outdoors began with fishing the more secluded beaches in Florida. From there, I explored all around the Appalachian mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In May, I moved to Grand Teton National Park, and now live in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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