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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (3.6.15)
By angelamontana

Posted: March 6, 2015


Turkey season is coming soon, April 11th. Spring bear also begins April 15th. Get your bows and rifles out and get ready for a fun spring. Bob Wards has turkey decoys out and ready. We also have calls for the bear season. Stop in and take a look at what we have.

Bozeman Fishing:

Gallatin River: The river should start fishing very well, as this cold snap leaves and the warm weather returns. Stone flies, Copper Bob’s, and egg patterns will be a good bet. As the run off begins, San Juan worms will definitely be a good food source.

Yellowstone River: As the warm weather returns, the fish should start hitting the streamers and big stuff. Stoneflies and midges will be a good bet, and will earn a person plenty of whitefish action.

Madison River: The fish on the Madison will be eating good as the weather warms up. The spawn is about to kick in. Crayfish, Sculpin’s, and rubber legs will be a good bet. Midges, San Juan Worms, and Egg Patterns will also keep fish on the line.

There is not much word from any of the lakes and ponds, as I think the ice is a bit sketchy.

Butte Fishing:

The Beaverhead was fishing well near Poindexter Slough. A bead head pheasant tail with a San Juan Dropper was working very well. The browns were picking up at San Juan dropper in most strikes.

On the Jefferson and Big Hole Rivers open water is providing good opportunities.

Ice everywhere is receding with all the warm weather. Now is the time to gear up for the season and tie a few flies.The fall spawn season is mostly over and the habits for spring are beginning.

If you are on the Ruby Dark stripping streamers and nymphs are a good choice.

San Juan Worms are also a good choice this time of year.

(Report by Ryan Corwin of Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)