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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (10.3.14)
By angelamontana

Posted: October 3, 2014


Waterfowl opens this weekend, October 4th. We have shotgun ammo starting at $9.99 a box!

We’re just a week away from pheasant season and several of the top spots look promising.

FWP is really adamant about being bear aware this season. We’ve already had a few encounters so carry your bear spray.

Upcoming opening dates:

  • Waterfowl October 4th
  • General Antelope/Pheasant – October 11th
  • Deer-only Youth 2 Day Hunt – October 16 – 17
  • Deer/Elk General – October 25th

 Bozeman Fishing:

On the Upper and Lower Madison dead drift using crayfish patterns. Purple haze for dry flies is still working wonders.

On the Gallatin throw black wooly buggers next to the bank. The red machine is a hot fly right now and will be if conditions hold through the weekend.

The Yellowstone use elk hair caddis, purple haze, rubber legs, red copper johns, and crayfish patterns. October hint -Think Streamers!

Butte Fishing

The fishing has been fair and holding this past week in the Big Hole River and tributaries. Light Cahill and Mahogany Duns have provided interest similar to light and dark Mayfly hatches. Colder temps are taking a toll on the bugs and hatches however.

Black and Yellow streamers have been a good choice.

Georgetown Reservoir was fishing well this past week and Thomas cyclone gold lures were an excellent attractor. One fisherman reportedly boated 29 fish in about 2 hours.

Trout imitations are good most everywhere right now as trout are packing on the winter weight before the ice comes in.

The Beaverhead has been good this past week. Streamers, mahoganies, or muddler minnows are a good choice of flies. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait for big brown trout on the Beaverhead.

The Jefferson River has been fair fishing with most Browns being taken on the lower end east of Whitehall. Black and chartreuse Panther Martins are a great choice.

(Report by Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors)