Ice fishing in West Yellowstone. Hebgen Lake has a healthy population of brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout.

Pack Up Your Woolies - It's time to fish

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just discovering how exciting ice fishing can be, West Yellowstone is the perfect place to bring your spud bar and catch a laker or two! Hebgen Lake in Yellowstone is one of the best fishing spots around – with at least a foot of solid ice during the winter and a healthy stock of trout and gulpers. Book a few nights at Our Unique Collection of Hotels and Cabins any time during the winter season, and plan the ultimate ice fishing vacation.

Visit Hebgen Lake in January and be there for the famous ice fishing tournament. As an official stop on the North American Ice Fishing Circuit, you'll see ice anglers of the highest caliber compete for the grand prize of $14,000 and a year's worth of bragging rights. The tournament lasts three days with plenty of educational programs and fun fishing-related activities the whole family can enjoy. Throughout the weekend, representatives from ice fishing equipment companies are on site to demonstrate their newest gear, giving you a chance to try out the latest industry toys. Anyone unfamiliar with the sport can check out the informative ice fishing seminars or simply watch the big weigh-in and awards ceremony on the final day of the tournament.

For those new to ice fishing, Hebgen Lake is a great place to start perfecting your fishing know-how. Ice fishermen, or ice anglers, use very specialized equipment to catch their fish. First they must use an ice saw, chisel, or auger to cut a hole in the thick ice. Most anglers rely on lightweight gear that allows them to make and check dozens of holes in a single day. Some use a small, lightweight rod with brightly colored lures that they periodically lift – producing a jig effect. Some use the tip-up method, which involves a rod attached to a flag that alerts them when a fish is on the line. There are sonar devices called flashers, which allow anglers to detect fish and move their bait accordingly. If this sounds a little more complicated than you were hoping for, don't worry. In West Yellowstone, there are lots of experienced, local guides that can show you the ropes. To plan the perfect Yellowstone ice fishing trip, start by talking to the activity director at Park Gate Lodges.

With experienced local guides, well-stocked waters, and breathtaking scenery, ice fishing at Hebgen Lake is sure to be an activity you'll never forget.

For assistance with planning your Yellowstone ice fishing trip, please contact your hotel's Guest Experiences Manager.

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