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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 9.18.15
By angelamontana

Posted: September 18, 2015


Waterfowl – Oct. 4

Pheasant & Antelope General Oct. – 10

Youth Deer 2 Day – Oct. 15 & 16

Deer & Elk General – Oct. 24

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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.



Fishing has been good in Southwest Montana. Cooler temperatures and a little rain has helped the fisheries.

The Big Hole River is seeing an increase in Spruce Moth activity. Grasshopper patterns have been very effective this past week.

The Beaverhead and Ruby River are fishing well this week as well. Sparkle minnows, Joes Hoppers, or Muddler Minnows have been good choices. Trico hatches have still been good, however, most fish are hanging close to the bottom.

Cutthroat catches have been abundant in the mountain lakes of the Big Hole Valley and Pintler mountains. Banks Bees, Adams, Black Ant, or other terrestrials have been most effective.

The Jefferson river is seeing better fishing with Hopper activity, however, hoot owl restrictions are still in effect over the entire river.

The Upper Missouri is hot fishing presently Harper Lake showing a lot of activity to trollers.

(Report via Ryan Corwin – Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors)