Plan your trip so you can enjoy all this area has to offer. Click on the West Yellowstone Visitor Center page to get complete information about the fun things to do while you visit this unique winter wonderland. While you are here, please support the Tournament Sponsors for your lodging, dining and activities and tell them what you appreciate about the event.

West Yellowstone is known for its world class snowmobiling and Nordic skiing. For more information, see the West Yellowstone winter activities and Gallatin National Forest pages.

And, don’t forget to plan your Winter Activities in Yellowstone National Park while you are here.

Winter comes to the West Yellowstone area in a big, wonderful way! Here is where you can access what you need to know about our weather and roads: West Yellowstone weather & roads update.

Whether you are an experienced ice angler or new to the sport, here are some links to help you get ready to fish for trout in Montana: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Ice Fishing Primer While you are on this site, be sure to click through to see Montana fishing license information, under Licenses & Permits on the Fishing page. You can purchase a license online or at several locations in town including any of the flyfishing shops or the Corner Cenex.

And, if you want current information on fishing Hebgen Lake before the Tournament Weekend, call 1.406.646.7200 and we’ll put you in touch with a Local Fisherman.

Tournament Rules

If you have questions about fishing in this tournament, please call Garrett Ostler with Madison Adventures at 801.721.4435.

Can I use power equipment?

  • No Airboats
  • UTV, ATV Allowed. Use caution. Springs and slush make this a challenge.
  • Snow dogs. People have used them in the past.
  • Snowmobiles. Bring your own or rent from local shops. Tell the shop when you rent that you’re using it on the lake. Not all shops allow this. All OHV’s Snowmobiles must be licensed. 2023 Season Regulations states that they must have the OHV Tag $35.00 operated anywhere in Montana. Tags are available at West Yellowstone Visitor Center.

2023 Season Regulations

2023 FWP Montana Fishing Regulations

  • If you can be cited for a Violation of Rules, you are also Disqualified. Receiving a citation disqualifies you. Please be ethical and honest.
  • Ice hole max size 12in in diameter.
  • Shelters may not be left on ice January 5th-7th in tournament zone.
  • 2 lines, 2 hooks per line as per MT Regulations.
  • 6 Fish per team. Both fishers must catch fish. This means your partner must catch 1 fish to be legal.