Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors (10.17.14)
Archery season wraps up October 19th. Now we’re looking forward to General Deer and Elk season opening October 25th this year. Please review your regulations for specific details on the areas you plan on hunting or fishing. And make sure to bring pictures down of your successful hunts or catches and post them on are bulletin board.
Fall fishing is around the corner. Now is the time for the browns. Brown trout are starting to spawn and you can hit just about any river with the same great results. Crayfish patterns are working their magic along with the Pat’s stone in the black body color with the olive rubber legs. In the late afternoon use yellow sallys and pmd’s in the 20 and 22 size hooks, BWO’s, and mayflies. (The Gallatin is having some great results with the purple machine.) Streamers are becoming more effective later in the day towards the early afternoon.
The tributaries of the Big Hole continue to be good fishing this last week for brook trout but cold weather is coming quickly. Size 6 Royal Coachman streamers stripped along the banks and under willows deliver the action to fly fisherman. Mepps Aguila Size 2 lures have been good choices for spin cast fisherman things are slowing down.
Bank fisherman are hitting the bays and shorelines of local lakes and reservoirs with Rapala crank baits. Gold and brown, Rainbow or Brown trout patterns in size 5 or 7 are still good choices. Nightcrawlers fished about a foot off the bottom are a good choice for casting baits.