Montana Fishing Report

Thursday, January 23, 2020
308 CFS @ Gateway - The Gallatin River is in great shape and we expect that to continue with some warmer weather heading this way. The canyon and valley are the places to be fishing right now. Nymphing has been very consistent with darker stoneflies as your lead fly and a mayfly nymph behind it. This week could also bring some nice midge hatches.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
1,630 CFS @ bl Ennis Lake - All good news as far as the Lower is concerned. The fishing has been good & this warmer weather has kept the river free of slush & ice. This upcoming week looks very promising for some midge hatches as long as the wind stays down. If fish aren't rising stick to the nymph rig and work the slower, deep water and buckets.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
982 CFS @ Kirby - Warmer temps for the near future will make the Upper Madison a great place to go fish. You might see some slush & ice around town but that will decrease the farther upstream you head. A double nymph rig is hard to beat when the fish aren't rising. Grab a few of your favorite stonefly patterns with a midge or mayfly nymph dropper.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
959 CFS @ Corwin - The Yellowstone River isn't the easiest as far as winter fishing goes. There is some fishing to be had on the warmer days but even then you'll likely have wind to deal with. Some ice has been breaking up with the warmer temps but I would still advise against floating for now. Use darker rubber legs with a midge trailer for nymphs
Thursday, January 23, 2020
4,180 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri River is fishing decent. Not outstanding but people are still pulling fish. The midge hatches have been sporadic so don't bank your day on it. The best producers have been pink nymphs & orange/pink streamers. The fish are podded up right now so concentrate on the slow, deep water & move on if you're not getting any
Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are a great option for fishing this time of year. With the nearby Yellowstone River being very difficult to fish during the winter, these Spring Creeks are definitely worth checking out. Be ready for midge hatches on the warmer afternoons when the wind is down & bring scuds, sow-bugs, and egg patterns for nymphs.
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