Bozeman/Butte Fishing Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 3.2.18
By angelamontana

Bozeman Fishing:

Gallatin River: The Gali’s icy conditions have subsided, and there was just a bit of ice and slush floating yesterday. Stonefly nymphs with midges and other small attractor nymphs have been working pretty well fished slow and deep.

Lower Madison River: The lower river below Blacks Ford has been tough, and the best reports have been coming in from the beartrap canyon down to Cherry Creek. Nymphig is best with the usual scud and sowbug patterns, san juan worms, crayfish and midges.

Upper Madison River:  Fishing between the lakes or around Raynolds and $3 is going to be best until the lower river thaws again. The usual stonefly nymphs, worm patterns, midges and other small attractor nymphs are working best.

Yellowstone River:  The Yellowstone is starting to thaw, but there is still a decent amount of slush in the river. Stonefly nymphs and midges will be the go to flies, but attractor nymphs like princes, pheasant tails and copper john’s can work well too. Spring creeks are still the best option around Livingston.

Butte Fishing:

Ice fishing is good again this week in SW Montana. Georgetown Lake has been very good for rainbows & a few brook trout. Flutter spoons tipped with maggots have been effective this past week. Kastmaster, Hali, & small hammered brass Krocodiles are good jigs to use. The red dyed maggots have been the favorite choice among fishermen presently. Wax worms & night crawlers are producing as well.

Delmo Reservoir has been very good, however, the road has been closed to all but snowmobiles & 4 wheelers. Bead head jigs with maggots have been the preferred rigging for anglers.

Fishing was excellent on the Ruby Reservoir this past week with several 4 ½ lb brown trout taken near the dam. Night crawlers & wax worms have been preferred bait.

Clark Canyon is fishing fair for trout & ling. Sucker meat has been good bait for both trout & ling.

(Report by Ryan Corwin)