Butte & Bozeman Area Outdoor Report
By Matt Schauer


Hi, it’s ANGIE from Bob Ward & Sons, with winter fishin & stuff in the Butte & Bozeman areas!

We’re STILL holding strong on the ICE in both Butte & Bozeman areas, with your choice of GEORGETOWN, south at HARRISON LAKE or further south at CLARK CANYON, just outta Bozeman at HYALITE or if you want to brave the snow on ATVs or snowmobiles, DELMOE & HEBGEN! That’s a LOTTA availability! We recommend the cerise Glo Hooks with a maggot or grub tip for rainbows or walleye, imitation eggs or egg sacs w/fresh salmon roe in the DEEPS for some bigger trout, or even BIG crawlers & marshmallows for the 2-3 lb brookies everyone seems to be pulling out on GEORGETOWN. You can keep 2 of those big guys, so be sure to do so!

There’s still a bit of midge activity on the GALLATIN & the LOWER MAD with these overcast days, so take along your dry emergers and gnats for midday! This has been a good winter on the UPPER MADISON, given the weather…accessibility is great at 8-mile and Varney, and most places around Ennis—when does THAT ever happen? Go with your DARK purples & browns, we like the Purple Lightning Bug or a Sz 8 Mega Pheasant Tail in these parts. You WILL get a bit more slush in the water on the UPPER, so be wary! Don’t discount the EAST GALLATIN right in Bozeman, either…this is a fave place of our fishing staff, & they had a day of it, catching brookies right & left, about mid-week, with big fat crawlers!

The February weather has sharpened up the bases at ALL local Ski Resorts, and a day on the slopes at BRIDGER, BIG SKY, MOONLIGHT or DISCOVERY is sure to please….plenty of fresh POWDER reported at all 4 places! With the excellent conditions on state highways right now, there’s no excuse not to “ski or board it” all weekend long!

Join us in-store for WEEK 3 of our annual PROGRESSIVE SALE, which means you pay 30% off the lowest marked price of most items in the store, so get the GOODS you want, NOW! AND, don’t forget the Skyline Sports Banquet on March 9th in Butte! Butte Bob Wards is selling tickets in advance, so ask about these when you’re in getting outfitted for your next fishing expedition! We’ll be back next week with MORE fish tales!

Be sure to check out our website at BobWards.com

 






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