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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (2.12.16)
By angelamontana

Posted: February 12, 2016

Bozeman Fishing:

Gallatin River

Once again there is a lot of open water on the Gallatin and fishing is picking up with the recent warm weather. This week’s warmer weather should provide some great fishing conditions. Fish are moving around and feeding more in the afternoons once the water warms up. Nymphing is still the name of the game, but there are plenty of midges on top and a few trout are poking their noses up for dries. Look for the rises on the slower pockets on edges of the deeper runs. With the melting snow.

Madison: Upper

From what we’ve heard, the Upper Madison is fishing fairly well right now, especially up high around 3 dollar and in between the lakes. It’s mostly technical nymphing with small bugs, maybe dropped below a worm or small stonefly, but in the afternoons the fish may be looking up a bit more. Small zebra midges and red/pink nymphs have been most productive. Egg and worm patterns have been seeing some action as well, from what we have heard from recent reports. Again, if you have a chance to get out and fish in the coming weeks, the warmer weather should increase fish activity more so than in the recent months.

Madison: Lower

The Lower Madison is one of our favorite winter fisheries. It will be an excellent option with the warm weather we’ve been getting, and should continue to fish well for some time. Bear Trap Canyon should also remain clearer than some other rivers with upcoming snowmelt. Small zebra midges and czech nymphs have been most productive, but don’t be afraid to throw dries or swing smaller wets/streamers as well.


There is much less ice on the Yellowstone than usual for this time of year which means it is fishable for most all of the river. Use caution if you decide to float since the flows are very low. Nymph fishing will definitely be most productive, try dropping something small and flashy off of a worm or rubber legs. Keep an eye on the forecast since it can get super windy. However, the fishing should be good with the warm weather and some people may start seeing more production out of swinging some streamers.


Fishing has been consistently picking up on the Mo lately and will continue to get better with the warm temps. This is a great time of year to be out there. Trout are still eating the usual winter bugs- Ray Charles, scuds, and other pink stuff. However, the streamer fishing has started to pick up with many anglers catching a few on the swing.


Butte Fishing:

Fisherman are reporting the fishing to be slowing everywhere this week. Clark Canyon has been tough fishing for the past ten days. A few fish are being caught out in the deeper water near the island, and a few fish on the Red Rock end.

Delmo Reservoir has been reporting a few fish for bait fisherman this past week, however, reporting smaller fish.

Georgetown Lake reports fishing to be best early morning hours but slowing to a crawl by 8AM. The Ruby Reservoir has slowed as well. Bait is proving to land a few fish but fish size and numbers are down.