Originating from British Columbia’s glaciers, the river flows through a rugged landscape of mountain and valleys. The Kootenai is dammed 16 miles north of Libby, Montana. Many people fish from the Kootenai’s banks and islands. Drift boats and float tubes are commonly used as it’s easy to access the Kootenai with its 7 public boat launches between the Libby Dam and the Kootenai Falls.
The consistent cool flows from the Libby Dam support active year round fish. Per mile there are approximately 1500-2500 catchable trout. Fish species along the Kootenai include; bull trout, rainbow, westslope cutthroat, kokanee salmon, white sturgeon, and Columbia redbands.