Madison River Fishing Report by Madison River Outfitters 4.14.2020
By angelamontana

Posted: April 15, 2020

Madison River Stream Flows

West Yellowstone – 438cfs
Hebgen Dam – 1030cfs
Kirby Ranch – 1110cfs
Cameron – 1170cfs

Snow Water Equivalent 

Madison – 104%
Gallatin – 114%
Upper Yellowstone – 119%
Yellowstone – 124%

Over that past week, several of MRO’s Team Members have been getting out to float and fish the Upper Madison whether individually or with our immediate family (have to practice that social distancing).  Last week was awesome with temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s.

So far our snowpack has been holding steady with areas still reporting water content above average.  This should provide us with a boost of cold river water for the coming summer months and help keep the fish happy.

At this point, I don’t have any reports on how the Gallatin River is fishing.  I did take a quick drive down the Gallatin Valley yesterday and Taylors Fork was starting to get muddy and turning the Gallatin a very nice fishy looking of green.  May have to get down there and fish it soon.

With that being said we’ve been able to catch some nice trout while fishing with dries, nymphs, and streamers.  Below is a general consensus of what everybody has been catching fish on.


#16-20 Parachute Adams
#16-18 Front End Loader
#18-20 Missing Link
#14 Royal Chubby


#10-12 Black Rubber Leg
#16-18 $3 DIp
#16-18 Black Zebra Midge
#14-16 Czech Frenchie

Streamers/Trout Spey

#4-6 Olive Bugger w/ Orange hotbead
#4-6 Black Bugger w/ Orange hotbead
#6 Tan Sparkle Minnow
#2 Olive Slap-N-Tickle

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(feature photo of Jake and Noah Schilling via Madison River Outfitters)