Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors 8.7.15
September 5th is quickly approaching for opening day of archery. Hunting gear is out so pick up your favorite calls and clothing. Restock on arrows and broadheads and treat yourself to a new archery target so you know you can be on you’re A game when September rolls around.
Streams are open and with the scattered storms in the forecast pressures have been up and down and the fish have been pretty active.
Blackfoot River: Hoot Owl restrictions remain in place from 2 P.M. until midnight daily. The fishing action continues to do well in the mornings. Be sure to pick up a couple Purple Haze and Parachute Adams in the 14-16 sizes before you head out there. For nymphing we’d recommend sticking to BH prince nymphs and caddis pupas and for a little variety try out a Purple Batman.
Missouri River: Both spin and fly fishermen are doing well throughout the day on the Mo’. Hammered metal spoons appear to be a favorite in the bronze and gold colors. If you prefer a more realistic approach dry flies are continuing to do well. Grasshoppers are out and about so be sure to have a few of those in your fly box. Elk hair caddis and stimulators can also change the mind of a trout to come up for a snack.
Canyon Ferry Lake: Trout fishing is continuing to do well. The morning and evening feeding times are continuing to produce for shore anglers with marshmallows and worms. Those in boats are still doing well trolling cowbells with rapalas, or spoons. Walleye fishing is up and down as anglers continue to catch Walleye however the size can vary anywhere from 6 to 16 inches. Bottom bouncing in 15-25 feet of water will produce with Colorado blades and worms. When you find a school do a little jigging with local lure Kit’s Tackle Walleye Fry and you’ll be sure to pull out a few.