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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (8.26.16)
By angelamontana

Posted: August 26, 2016

Bozeman Fishing

The Yellowstone River and all tributaries of the Yellowstone from Gardiner to Laurel have been closed indefinitely to any and all recreation due to a parasitic fish kill that started last week. Please respect this closure, and be responsible in minimizing any contamination. Stop by and use our equipment wash station to do your part in preventing this parasite from spreading!

Lower Madison

Hoot owl closure from 2 pm till midnight. The river is crowded with floaters below bear trap, but the canyon is fishing great right now. A Chubby Chernobyl with a mccrawdad dropped behind has been the go too, but don’t be afraid to try streamers early in the morning

Upper Madison

Flows are low so wading is the best option. A hopper dropper rig will be the ticket, with a large hares ear or flashback pheasant tail off the back. Zebra midges would be a good go to as well. Streamers have been fishing well throughout the day.


Hoot owl, sheds bridge to confluence of Missouri

The river is gin clear so stealth is key. A morrish hopper or fat albert should do the trick with a prince harry or pheasant tail dropped behind it. the fish have been taking flies with some life to them, so try twitching or even skating those hoppers!

Butte Fishing:

With cooler temperatures and some thunderstorms this weekend, maybe the water levels might rebound some.

The past few weeks have been tough fishing due to drought conditions and warm temperatures.

Georgetown reservoir was fishing very well to Goddard Caddis and Spruce Moth patterns, however, recent algae and moss encroachments have slowed the catch, Bait fisherman have reported lower numbers caught due to moss and extreme weed growth. Trolling is impossible in most areas of the lake.

Fisherman have done well on the Big Hole with caddis patterns early in the days. Hemmingway Caddis and size 14 Goddard caddis have reportedly been successful.

Trico hatches are beginning to appear sporadically so try some size 18 Trico spinners in black or olive. A few hoppers are pulling in a few browns so a #8or 10 Chubby is a good bet.

The Ruby River has slowed with lower dam flow however Hoppers and a few slow stripped streamers are lending a few fish.

The Beaverhead is fishing well right now. Although flow has dropped, the river is producing some caddis and trico hatches that are producing excellent fishing conditions. Smaller parachute Adams have been a good hit.