Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward & Sons (5.9.14)
By angelamontana


Spring Turkey Season is closing May 18th. If you are still not tagged out. Here are some tips that may make a difference.

  • Location-stick close to water, we have had a wet spring but they still like the water.
  • Calls-Friction calls are a great tool because they are louder and the sound will carry further.
  • Observe-once you spot them try to mimic what the hens are doing.
  • Remember-persistence and patience is key to hunting turkeys.

We would love to see pictures of your trophies. Good Luck!

Spring Black Bear season closes on May 31-June15th depending on the area. Make sure you know what the closing date is for your favored stomping grounds.

Bozeman Fishing:

Upper Madison-Quake Lake to Ennis is closed a little longer. Yellowstone to Hebgen use lightning bugs, baetis, rubber legs, streamers are working okay definitely use a slow retrieval technique, and elk hair caddis

Lower Madison-x-caddis and other caddis fly patterns are working well. Fish are stacked up close to the banks so fish along them. Use really bright colored streamers and crayfish and you will land some really nice browns.

Gallatin-Use copper johns, prince nymphs, hares ear, and san juan worms. Stick to bright colors the water is kind of dirty and has low visibility.

Yellowstone-Blow out-bummer! Stick to other places for now.

The Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch is right on time!!

Hyalite-road still closed, we will keep you posted.

Butte Fishing:

Spawning season is about over in most areas in Southwestern Montana. With a possible 7-10 days left anglers are getting out to take advantage of hungry trout. The Rainbows, Browns, and Walleye have been the target for the past month and many nice fish have been taken.

Floating jigheads with a nightcrawler or leech have worked effectively on trout or walleye. Die hard fly anglers are using sinking tip lines to present their choice of bait near the bottom.

Delmoe Lake has been hit hard this past week by bait and spin fisherman. The road is open from the Pipestone end and the fishing is fair.

Clark Canyon and Ruby Reservoir have provided good fishing for the past month with receding ice and spawning trout.

The Beaverhead River has been great fishing with regulated flows and clear water. Fly fishermen and bait or spin anglers are enjoying great fishing. Bead head nymphs, San Juan worms, and Chyronomiads are a good choice. As temps begin to come up, pmd’s and Blue Duns are a good bet.

The Big Hole River and the Jefferson River are muddy and blown out for fishing this week.

(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward & Sons)






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