Lower Madison River Fishing Report, May, 2017

Lower Madison High but Fishable

Thursday, May 25, 2017
3610 CFS@Ennis-The Lower Madison has seen a spike in flows this past week with the warmer temps. The Lower is still fishable and is one of the best options for the local angler at this time. Once the river settles into these new flows over the next couple of days the fishing should improve. Nynmphing large flies with a dropper is the best option.

Lower Keeps Dropping

Monday, May 22, 2017
2750 CFS@Ennis-The Lower Madison continues to drop and the clarity is also improving the past few days with the colder weather. The Lower is still high but fishing has been good with larger nymphs and plenty of weight. Try fishing the edges and slower runs with a crayfish or Zirdle with a beadhead dropper. Swinging a soft hackle has been productive

Lowe Madison a good option

Friday, May 19, 2017
2960 CFS @ Ennis - The Lower Madison has come down a bit but may be back on the rise as they plan for more snow melt up above. The river has about 2' of visibility and a little color to it but has been fishing decent for nicer fish lately. Nymphing has not produced big numbers of fish, but some nicer sized fish are being caught.

Lower Madison flows higher but fishing ok

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
3180 CFS @ Ennis - The Lower seems to have leveled off a bit from the big spike over the weekend. Fishing yesterday is getting better despite the higher flows and green color. Crayfish fished deep with a yellow sally nymph or caddis pupa dropper worked well for some nicer fish yesterday. Look for the buckets between the weeds for the best action.

Lower Madison on the Rise

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
3090 CFS@Ennis-The Lower Madison has risen quite a bit the past few days as warmer temps are bringing us into runoff season. Fishing on the Lower Madison has been spotty the past couple of days with higher flows and off color water. Please give either shop a call for the most current condition on the Lower Madison.

Lower Madison Caddis still going strong

Thursday, May 4, 2017
2110 CFS @ Ennis - The caddis on the Lower Madison are continuing to hatch in big numbers and have moved up into Beartrap. While there are lots of bugs on the water, the fish don't seem to eat them well until later in the evening and sometimes even right before dark. The river is in great shape so get out and enjoy.
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