As of this morning the Gallatin River was looking pretty good here in Four Corners. With the warmer weather, we will likely start to see some changing water conditions, but for now the river looks good and is fishing great! Fish are eating big stonefly nymphs and tiny baetis nymphs as well as streamers.
Montana Fishing Report
The Lower Madison River is clearing up a bit, but is still off color. Ennis Lake is turning over and sending some mud down the valley. The river should regain good visibility soon enough and will be back to fishing great. The Lower Madison River will be a great choice as other area rivers start to experience Spring runoff conditions.
The Upper Madison River has been on fire lately. Nymphing has been great, with Stonefly and Caddis nymphs leading the way as far as fly selection goes. Remember, Quake Lake to McAtee Bridge and Ennis to Ennis Lake sections are still closed to allow the Rainbow Trout do their thing. Varney to Burnt Tree has been a great float!
We've had a couple Guided Fishing Trips head out to the Yellowstone River over the past couple days and have good success. Nymphing has been consistently good, deaddrifting big stonefly patterns with a smaller Baetis imitation trailing behind. If runoff holds off for another week we should see some Spring Baetis dry fly fishing. We don't have too long before runoff, so get out there soon!
The Missouri River continues to fish great! The water is pretty high, about 8000cfs, but that hasn't detered the fish from eating. Nymphing has been on fire, and Spring BWO dry fly fishing is picking up! The weather up there is looking good, so now could be the prime time to cruise up to Craig, MT and fish the "Mighty Mo".
The Montana Spring Creeks are going to be the place to be here shortly. With the warming weather, we will be experiencing some Spring runoff conditions on many of our area rivers. The beauty of the Spring Creeks is that they don't get any of that runoff. The fishing will continue to be outstanding all through the spring. The Spring BWO dry fly fishing is on and the nymphing continues to be very good.