Georgetown Lake Description Just the Facts:
Georgetown Lake is one of Montana’s premier flatwater fisheries. Rimmed by the Pintlars, it’s also among the state’s most beautiful. But what attracts us are rainbow trout in the 26"-30" range.
Yes, we said 30" rainbows. In June, these leviathons fresh off the spawn gorge themselves on cranfly larva, scuds, shrimp, and occasionally, mayflies.
So, we’re not catching these fatties by trolling woolly buggers out of belly boats (though that can be effective).
We’re sight fishing to them in just a few feet of water. If you’re a saltwater angler, it will remind you of polling the flats scanning for permit.
There is nothing else quite like it in Montana. Trips to Georgetown Lake are limited. The best times for fishing are mid to late June. Typical catch – This is a big fish trip with real opportunities to catch rainbows over 2' long. In addition, the lake has some large brookies and kokanee salmon. Total area of drainage – 2,818 acres. Elevation – 6,337 feet. Travel distances from Missoula – 1½ hours, but only about 10 minutes from Philipsburg, where our fly shop is located. Type of trips available – Float fishing. Bank-side accommodations – Plenty of options here. Philipsburg and the area around Georgetown have cabin and house rentals, campgrounds, B&Bs and motels. Ask us for details. Primary style of fishing – Far and fine. We’ll be casting 50'+ plus to cruising fish. If you’ve bonefished before, you get the picture.