Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report Bob Ward's Sports and Outdoors

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (10.2.15)
By angelamontana

Posted: October 2, 2015


Waterfowl – Oct. 3

Pheasant & Antelope General Oct. – 10

Youth Deer 2 Day – Oct. 15 & 16

Deer & Elk General – Oct. 24

Get your hunting licenses and Federal Duck Stamps at Bob Ward’s!

Bob Ward’s can tune and prep your bow for the season. The latest models and accessories are in stock, too. Come find your ideal setup! Remember to update your GPS with the latest maps, now in stock.

Bob Ward’s just kicked off our red tag optics sale with many at or below cost. Save up to $1000!


Fishing on the Gallatin River has started to improve as we move into fall fishing mode. Water temperatures are cooling down and the fish are happy. If you’re looking for solitude, the Yellowstone National Park stretch fishes great this time of year, however you will need the Yellowstone Park permit.

September begins some of the best months for fishing on the Upper Madison River. When it’s nice out, fishing smaller terrestrials such as Ants and Beetles will be the ticket. Don’t be afraid to go subsurface with small baetis and caddis nymphs.

The Lower Madison River has been good to those out early and running a crayfish/dropper combo have been getting into some nice fish. Running the hopper tight to the deep banks will get you some fish as well.

While nymph fishing has been consistent, both the Missouri River dry fly and streamer bite have been dependent on the day.


Brown trout are setting up to spawn in SW Montana.  Females are showing good egg growth and males are ready for the spawn. Locating these spawning areas in your local streams and rivers will help you locate trophy fish.

Muddler Minnows and large streamers are proving to draw the hungry pre-spawn males.

The Big Hole has been good fishing. Trout are pooled up due to lower water levels and are active. Mahogany Duns, October Caddis, and Adams have been a great dry fly choice. Cripple patterns have been working well. The Beaverhead has been fishing well this fall. Sow bugs, Blue duns, crystal Minnows have been working effectively. The Lakes in SW Montana have been fishing fair. Bait and tackle fisherman have been successfully fishing from the banks of Clark Canyon or Georgetown Lake. Trolling has been slow.