Other than WA.....

What state has the best combination of hunting and fishing?

  • WA

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • OR

    Votes: 3 9.7%
  • IA

    Votes: 8 25.8%
  • MT

    Votes: 17 54.8%

  • Total voters
What western or PNW state has the best combination of fly fishing variety and hunting variety?

I'll say WA is pretty hard to beat as there is the coast, the anadromous fish, the resident stream fish, the Bass, the Pike and the Tiger Muskie. Then there is big game hunting and upland as well. It really is a difficult place to beat.

I think OR can hold its own with WA when it comes to this variety and possibly ID. Western Montana has some great hunting as well, but I think it lacks in variety when it comes to fishing. A Trout mecca it is, but lacks in other areas.

Curious what you folks have to say based on your travels and experiences!
While I appreciate the vote, I really wanted to keep it to the west or PNW.

I am originally from Illinois. I had access to Smallmouth, Largemouth, Pike, Muskie, Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Run Browns, stream Trout, upland birds, waterfowl, Whitetail and Turkey. The fact is, if I ever did go back to the Midwest, it would be northern Wisconsin or NE MN. When comparing the people, the QOL, the surrounding scenery and the outdoor recreation, I will gladly stay west. Some western states may not have the variety of fish species, but the scenery and the hunting blow any Midwest state away.....and this is coming from someone who misses Midwestern farm country and the northwoods!

It took me a while to realize it, but you don't hear folks from the west say I'm going back east to hunt or fish very often. However, many, many folks from the east come west to pursue fishing and hunting opportunities.

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
If you don't mind, please elaborate.
Surely . . . I grew-up there & Good Lord willing, will return there in a few short years. Great fishing, great hunting of all kinds, fewer people than are typically encountered in WA, and Steel not terribly far away in Idaho. Idaho would be my second choice.
How about Wyoming? Other than the sea run fish, you should be able to find everything else.
It might be a bit far east for what you are thinking though.
How about Wyoming? Other than the sea run fish, you should be able to find everything else.
It might be a bit far east for what you are thinking though.

Actually, western WY is an option as well, just not as high on the list. For me, they lack Pike (I believe), but I have heard of some BIG Lake Trout to be caught on streamers at certain times of the year. Not a lot of Bass either! Hunters paradise though, including waterfowl!
My wifes cousin is known in Pinedale for pulling up some big lakers out of Dworshack. The pictures are crazy!!!
I would think they would have some pike in the bigger lakes. Mmmmmm... ice fishing in the middle of December.....
No need to shoot the deer, just set a feeder in your front lawn and keep them as pets. They loved the heated driveways in the winter time!!!

Rick Todd

Active Member
For me it is definitely Montana. Every year for the opening of pheasant season a group of us head to a little town north of Great Falls called Choteau. WE almost always shoot a limit of pheasant plus a number of Huns and Sharptails. There are lots of white tails around, there are antelope and elk as well. After a couple days when the dogs are worn out, we drive the 70 miles to the Missouri, arguably the best 15 miles of trout water in the country. Just can't beat that! Rick
Idaho... everything is bigger there! I lived in W. Montana for a short while, and would take it over ID... but you're looking for spots with steelhead too!