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

Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors 7.15.16
By angelamontana

Posted: July 15, 2016


The river has gotten muddy due to all the heavy rain we’ve been getting. Fish are pushing to the middle of the river, so fish those deeper sections. Having variety is key this time of year, with as pressure the fish have been getting. Look for PMD’s and Caddis earlier in the morning and later in the evening. There is a hoot owl restriction from shed’s bridge to the mouth.

Upper Madison
Fishing has improved drastically with warmer weather and dries are out in full swing. PMD’s and caddis are out, with the occasional golden stone flying around. With the amount of variation in the bugs, a good variety is key at the moment. White and black streamers are doing well at the moment. The rivers getting a little low for floating, so a raft is the best option.

Lower Madison
With the hoot owl restriction in effect, fishing is allowed from midnight till 2 in the afternoon. Water levels are constantly fluctuating, messing with feeding habits. Fishing dries early in the day will be productive, as the day continues, switching to nymphs or streamers should be the ticket.

The river has been fluctuating with mud coming out of the Lamar valley sporadically, but other than that the river has been fishing well, with dead drifting small olive and white streamers, and throwing bugs along the banks.

Butte Fishing:
Some of the restrictions were lifted this week on the Upper Big Hole River above Dickey Bridge, however, Hoot Owl restrictions are still in force on most of the local rivers. The Caddis hatches and Golden Stones have been prominent on most of The Big Hole Rivers. Golden Nymphs and a few small bead heads have been good fly choice, hares ear and pheasant tails size 14. The Jefferson River is shallow and mossy right now but early morning fishing has been fair. Brown Caddis, Stimulators (orange and yellow) and a few Din patterns in size 14 or 16 have been fair. A few hoppers are showing up so Hopper patterns could be a benefit. Georgetown Lake has been great fishing this month. Damsel Nymphs and Damsel Flies have been excellent. Sheep head patterns are awesome if they can be found. The Beaverhead is experiencing some limitations to fishing below Anderson Lake to the Jefferson River. Hoot Owl restrictions are in place.