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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors (3.18.16)
By angelamontana

Posted: March 18, 2016


Lower Madison

The lower Madison has been fishing well with the warming weather look for fish to be feeding more try throwing a worm or the classic flies such as a ray Charles, scud, or zebra midge. On calmer cloudy days watch for rising fish.

Upper Madison

With the last two colder days it slowed the streamer bite and we are back to nymphing to get into the most fish but as the weather warms back up look for the fishing to really take off again. Keep in mind that there will probably be some rising fish as well.

Gallatin River

The river has turned a little green which is great for masking your movement fish are still feeding on winter stones, but nymphing with caddis and worms has been good, as well as dead drifting a small streamer


Ice fishing season is over in most areas of Montana.  Unseasonably warm temperatures this winter has caused an earlier than usual thaw.  Canyon Ferry, Clark Canyon, The Ruby Reservoir and Delmo Reservoir are clear of ice.  Delmo should be open water for fishing from shore in a few weeks barring cooler temperatures.

   The Clark Fork has been fishing fair to Golden Storm Nymphs.  Rock Creek has been fishing fair to dropper jigs, a purple primer or San Juan has good results.  The Beaverhead below Pipe Oregon is fair fishing when water is clear.  The Jefferson has been muddy as of late, however, fishing has been fair to bait and spin fishermen.  One Rainbow can be kept in the Jefferson this year.  The conditions on Georgetown are sketchy.  Slushy conditions in some areas and receding and unsafe ice is in the report.

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