Some rivers and streams are closed form 2 pm-midnights due to drought conditions such as the Bitterroot River, Copper Creek, Dearborn River, Smith River, Sun River, and the Madison River. The Big Hole River, North Fork of the Blackfoot River, and Landers fork, are closed to fishing completely. The Jefferson River and Clark Fork River have been reopened to fishing. Some good flies that we recommend now are Para caddis, Elk Hair caddis, and hopper in smaller sizes 14-20.
Holding Helena reservoir: Salmon snagging is in full swing, only until the end of September.
Missouri River: Fishing has slowed down a bit due to warmer water temperatures but, Hoppers are here and have been producing some action, just try and hit the deeper holes.
Canyon Ferry Lake: Rainbow trout are biting on just worms and marshmallows. The Walleye bite is starting to pick up big, as well. We recommend throwing some floating green and yellow jigs, we’ve also had reports saying that a lavender blade is working fairly well.
Hauser Lake: Below the dam and along steep banks of Hauser, the Walleye fishing has really started to pick up. Try using the same floating green and yellow jigs with a worm. The Walleye fishing at the Causeway is also doing pretty well now.
(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward and Sons; Cover photo: fishingtraveler.com)