Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons – 2.14.14
By angelamontana

Posted: February 14, 2014

Hunting:

Mark your calendars. The elk and deer special permits are due March 15th.

We have the forms and abridged regulations for the March 15th drawing for the deer and elk special permits.

Bozeman Fishing:

The Yellowstone River has the poorest fishing right now with the Upper Madison marginally better. If you want to get out and have some action, go to the Gallatin and Lower Madison Rivers. Target the slower waters with nymphs such as stone flies, baetis nymphs and egg patterns. The flies that are best used will vary from one area to another. You can try some streamers and flies but the best option is going to be nymph fishing. Definitely try a larger pattern on top and then dropping a smaller nymph off of it. Some good combos; stonefly patterns with a smaller baetis dropper, crayfish or sculpin with a bh prince nymph, egg pattern, or pheasant tail dropper.

Hyalite– Definitely go bright with your colors, stay a couple of cranks off of the bottom and use maggots or switch it up a bit with the perch eyes by Northland Tackle

Bozeman Pond-Don’t forget this is considered a park and closes at 10pm; fishing has been good any time.

Butte Fishing

Colder weather and snow has improved ice conditions over last week.If the cold front continues we may see more action on the ice, but an unseasonably warm winter has led to premature meltoff in many locations slowing fishing.

Glo hooks and maggots are the ticket at Georgetown.

Wooly buggers have been used with some success on the Big Hole.

In general ice fishing action is slowing down and folks are gearing up for fly season and tying their arsenal in hopes of the big one.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)