Well, the cold showed up. Single digits this week and snow have been great assets to hunters. Take advantage this weekend of slightly warmer temps and possibly more snow in certain areas. This is also a great time to get in on the seasonal clearance in our camo and hunting clothing.
There’s been reports of good success rates on the forest service and state lands. Block management lands are also available in many areas. Forest service maps or GPS units with the Montana Chip are a great help in finding areas to hunt legally and successfully.
Big Game drag harnesses and Game Carts can be an inexpensive way to make transporting your kill on lands where you cannot access with a motorized vehicle.
General antelope season ended Nov. 9th.
General Deer and Elk Black Bear ending Nov. 30th.
The weather is such that the Gallatin River, Hyalite Reservoir, Madison Rivers, Pine Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Cherry Creek are all producing on night crawlers, powerbaits, silver and gold spinners and spoons. You might surprise a trout with small Stones, Wooly Buggers, and Streamers for the fly fisherman.
The next couple of weeks will be prime brown trout fishing in SW Montana. Water Temps are around 40 degree Fahrenheit, the river flow is at the lowest flow for the year and the water is crystal clear.
Fly fisherman are locating the Redds where large females will deposit their eggs and the males will fertilize and protect the eggs from predatory trout species.
Glo egg patterns fished 1-2” off the bottom will be an ideal choice for fly fisherman for the next several weeks. Fish the tail water or pool below the Redds with midge nymphs or stonefly nymphs as after the spawn they will begin to feed more aggressively.
Whitefish eat the brown trout eggs so if you locate the whitefish the Reds will not be far. The smaller creeks that dump into you rivers are good spawning runs and a good location for Redds.