Bozeman/Butte Recreation Report by Bob Ward’s Sports & Outdoors 10.26.18
By angelamontana

Posted: October 26, 2018


  • Deer/Elk General Rifle: Began October 20th, Ends November 25th
  • Pheasant General: Began October 6th thru January 1th
  • Mountain Lion (without hounds): Started 20th thru November 25th
  • Wolf: Started September 15th thru March 15, 2019

Bozeman Fishing:

Lower Madison: The DaddyCraw and zirdle patterns have been the best crawfish patterns while lightning bugs and pheasant tails have been our best mayfliy nymphs. San Juan worms and eggs are catching a lot of fish also.

Gallatin: Swinging soft hackles and leeches has been a good option recently but your best bet will likely be nymphing. The best nymph rig right now is a stonefly nymph(tanor black) or worm pattern(Bright pink) to a dark bodied mayfly nymph.

Upper Madison: Cluster midges and griffiths gnats have worked when you see fish up but cannot tell what they are eating. For nymphing, a Pat’s Rubberlegs followed by a small, size 16 or 18 mayfly imitation has been doing well and expect midges to work just fine.

Yellowstone: Smaller flashy mayfly beadheads and stonefly nymphs have been the best options. Little Spankers and soft hackle Lightning Bugs have been our favorites behind a Pat’s rubberleg. Natural colored streamers, like black and olive, have been moving fish but flashy white stuff has also done well.

Butte fishing

Not much change the past  few weeks PMD’s are still working but mostly to nymph fishing or streamers. On the Big Hole  anglers have still been doing well on red & pink san juan worms in size 8 or 10. Sparkle minnows have been doing well & JJ specials have been hit and miss. Darker colors seem to work better than bright rigs.

Bank fishing is still going good at the Reservoirs, catching trout using bait rigs consisting of marshmallows & night crawlers. Sucker meat has been a great substitute on Clark Canyon Reservoir & the Ruby for trout & ling. The Beaverhead is still murky near the dam due to the lake running over. The lower end of the Beaverhead is seeing a little activity on grasshoppers.