Montana Fishing Report

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
351 CFS @ Gateway - The best opportunity for decent fishing right now will be near Big Sky. The forecast for the next week is showing temperatures from the low 20's to mid 30's bringing warmer afternoons with more active fish. Concentrate on slow deep runs. The fish are podded up right now so if you're not having success, move to the next hole.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1240 CFS @ Ennis Lake - Ice & slush is the main factor on the Lower Madison right now. It will be the thickest in the mornings so anywhere from 12-4 will provide the most open water & the best fishing. My recommendation would be to head below the Ennis dam using a double nymph setup. A crawfish trailed by a mayfly nymph is a great combo right now.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
1030 CFS @ Kirby - The Upper Madison is fishing well despite the recent cold weather. Ice & slush buildup can still be abundant in the mornings but the upper stretches have really cleared up in the past few days. Tiny nymphs will provide the most action throughout the day but if tossing streamers is your thing than I'd focus on the afternoons.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
761 CFS @ Corwin - Recent warmer weather has opened up the Yellowstone a little but not much. Ice and slush are still an issue around the Livingston area but the farther upstream you go will provide the most open water. The Corwin Springs area would be a good place to start at. Midge and sculpin patterns have been working for people as of late.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5400 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri has a good amount of open water right now making it a great choice to head that way. The canyon is experiencing some slush but that could change depending on the time of day. Reports of good fishing have been coming from below the Holter dam & down to Craig. Scuds, Sowbug's & Midges are always a must have.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Water temp in the Livingston Spring Creeks usually stays at around 50 degrees. This is much warmer than other local rivers during this time of year which makes them a great winter fishery. With cheaper rod fees & toasty warming huts, it makes it hard to not at least consider spending a day here. Small, natural colored flies is a good rule of thumb.
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