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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (9.25.15)
By angelamontana

Posted: September 25, 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 is still good in Southwest Montana despite drought conditions.

The Beaverhead is seeing some large Trico hatches presently. Rusty Spinners and tricos are working well.

The Big Hole is fishing fair in the Divide Canyon area and better below Maiden Rock. Trico hatches have slowed considerably however, BWO’s in size 14 and 16 and Hi-Vis Mahogany’s are working well. Cripple Purple Haze have seen some activity as well. As temperatures continue to cool, the brown trout will be spawning from now till mid-October. Try fishing some sculpin patterns late afternoon. Monster browns will be cruising the banks looking for a meal.

The Jefferson is still seeing a little hopper activity. Parachute Hoppers and Clouser crawdadas have been quite effective. PMD’s or Blue Winged Olives are showing activity as well.

Georgetown Lake is still being fished hard for hybrid rainbows with a few Brookies giving in as well. The Kokanee have been fishing well at night.

Clark Canyon is fishing slow at present.

(Report via Ryan Corwin - Bob Ward's Sports & Outdoors)