Georgetown Lake Fishing Report

Updated Sunday, September 17 at 1:15PM
Nestled in the Pintlar Mountains near Philipsburg, Montana. Sight fishing far and fine is our goal with dry fly casts to 50'+ plus to cruising fish. When the fish are being snooty we'll pitch and strip olive buggers. If you’ve bone fished before, you get the picture. 

Conditions At-a-glance

Our Report

Fishing on Georgetown Lake has been good. Fish have been deep but are moving closer to shore and staging for the spawn. Nymphs under an indicator or slowly stripping leech patterns have been productive.

Here are a few tips for fly fishing Georgetown Lake:

1. Target the fish subsurface. Start closer to shore and as the day goes on move on to deeper water. 2. Try a leech with a chironomid under an indicator. 3. Cover water and be methodical and you'll catch fish!

Here are a few fly suggestions:

1. Black or olive Balanced Leech

2. Ice Cream Cone Head Chronomid

3. Olive Jig Mini Bugger

4. Olive balance leech

5. Callibaetis nymph

6. Sparkle minnow, sculpin, size 10


Looking ahead:

Georgetown Lake is settling into its fall fishing and is fishing well. Fishing morning and afternoon will be best.

Stop by the shop for the latest report and for everything you need for your trip. We're open 7a - 4pm Thursday - Monday

Local Forecast

Deer Lodge, MT, USA


Conditions are good on the Lake.

The Hatch

Damsels and Callibaetis

Fly Patterns

  • Hot bead scud size 12
  • Hot bead sow bug size 16
  • Black balance leech
  • Olive balance leech
  • Baby damsel nymph
  • Hot Bead San Juan Worm size 10, red with a hot orange bead
  • Olive Jig Mini Bugger
  • Sparkle minnow, sculpin, size 10
  • Black and red or black and silver zebra midge, size 16-18
  • Dragonfly nymph




Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition


Best time of day to fish

All day

Best stretch

Comers point, Rainbow Bay, Philipsburg Bay. Be sure to check FWP Fishing regulations for the SE shoreline closure.

Best access point

Comers point, Rainbow Bay, Philipsburg Bay. Be sure to check FWP Fishing regulations for the SE shoreline closure.

Fish Species

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Kokanee Salmon

Fishing Season

See FWP regulations. Some closures apply.

Nearest airport

Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Recommended fly fishing leader

12' 2x

Recommended fly fishing tippet


Best fly fishing rod

Crisp to cast but soft enough to fight big fish.

Best floating fly line

Short head weight forward floating to quickly shoot line and turn flies over in the wind.

Best sinking fly line

Clear tip intermediate.