Montana Fishing Report

Friday, May 18, 2018
3750 CFS@ Gateway - The Gallatin is still very muddy and large but has started to stabilize. The fish will be holding in slower water as well as behind rocks and underneath cut banks. Most of the fishing is still sub-surface at this point but keep an eye out for caddis as they are on the Yellowstone and Madison. Stay tuned.
Friday, May 18, 2018
3290 CFS @ Ennis - The Lower Madison is a little high but has been holding steady for the past week. The fishing continues to be great with lots of Caddis coming off primarily in the morning and evening. Nymphs will be your best option during the middle of the day with worms and stonefly patterns. The Lower should continue to be a great option.
Friday, May 18, 2018
2120 CFS @ Kirby - The Upper Madison is fishing well at Reynolds and Three Dollar. Rubber legs or a worm on top with a red copper john or pheasant tail dropper is a good bet. With the water being high and fast, look for fish holding near the banks and areas with soft water. Between the lakes is also fishing well with Rubber Legs and Zebra Midges.
Friday, May 18, 2018
15,800 CFS @ Corwin - The Yellowstone is in full runoff mode at the moment and from the looks of things, it might be awhile. As the river continues to rise, it becomes more unsafe to float with large debris in the water. For the time being, it's best to stay away and wait for the water to return to a more manageable level.
Friday, May 18, 2018
14,100 CFS @ Holter - The Missouri has risen a little in the past week however it continues to fish well below Holter dam despite the high water. Bigger fish have been common using heavy nymph rigs and lots of split shot ensuring it gets to the bottom. Wire worms have been working great with scuds or something flashy below it.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Spring Creeks - With runoff affecting most of the rivers, the spring creeks are a great option right now. There have been consistent Midge and BWO hatches in the mornings and evenings. Nymphing has been the go to with Midge Larva, Caddis Larva, and any variations of Sow Bug. Small is better and taking your time is key.
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