Montana Fishing Report

Saturday, February 8, 2020
308 CFS @ Gateway - The fishing will be more challenging now with the colder weather. Expect to see ice and slush moving through the river especially in the mornings. The fish will be stacked up in the deep pools & runs so a double nymph rig is the way to go right now. Natural colored stoneflies, midges, and lightning bugs are a good place to start
Saturday, February 8, 2020
1,460 CFS @ bl Ennis Lake - The Lower Madison won't be the easiest place to fish for a little while. Cold temps have brought ice & slush to the river making right below the dam your best bet for open water. Focus on the slower, deeper water using stoneflies, midges, soft hackles, & egg patterns. A smaller crawfish fished deep is also worth trying!
Saturday, February 8, 2020
994 CFS @ Kirby - Action on the Upper Madison has slowed a little bit with the colder weather but is still a good winter option. The father upstream you go will have more open water but you'll have to park and hike once you reach the walk/wade section. I would start out nymphing with stoneflies, midge pupas, sow bugs, and mayfly nymphs.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
951 CFS @ Corwin - Shelf ice will make fishing the Yellowstone very challenging. If you're going to be in the area I would check out the Spring Creeks instead. However, if you're intent on fishing here I would head upstream to Yankee Jim Canyon area for the best fishing. Stick to the slow, deep water with stoneflies and a midge or mayfly dropper.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
4,900 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri should continue to be a good option with temps in the mid to high 30's for the next week or so. The midge hatches have cooled down a little bit but the nymphing has remained very productive. Pink scuds and sow bugs are a must have if you head this way. Worms also work great this time of year along with midges.
Saturday, February 8, 2020
The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are a great fishing option this time of year especially with the current conditions of the Yellowstone River. There have been midge hatches on the afternoons if the wind is calm but a double nymph rig has been pulling fish consistently throughout the day. You can't go wrong with scuds, sow bugs and midges.
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