Statewide MT Fishing Report Compilation 7.14.22
By angelamontana

Posted: July 13, 2022

Please let us know if you would like to see your weekly fishing report included in this Montana fishing report compilation by emailing your report to us before the end of the day on Tuesday of each week here along with your business website/email address.

Please check the fishing regulations before fishing.

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Nevada Creek Reservoir Fishing Report via Montana Fishing Addicts 2.0 (July 12, 2022)

Jamie N.: We caught lots of great trout there this past weekend from the dam.

Cody C.: Lots of small perch, once in a while tho youll get a keeper

Cody A.: Small perch go to canyon ferry instead

Hell Creek State Park Information (July 13, 2022)

Cooney State Park Information via FWP (July 13, 2022)

Hauser Fishing Report by FWP (July 11, 2022)

Walleye fishing has been good while pitching jigs with leeches or crawlers around Eldorado Bar and the Causeway Arm or while using floating jigs from the Causeway Bridge during the early morning or late evening hours. Rainbows continue to be picked up below Canyon Ferry Dam While using crawlers and a marshmallow, spinners, or Power Bait and while trolling cowbell setups around Black Sandy, York Bridge or Devil’s Elbow.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report by Headhunters Fly Shop (July 12, 2022)

Missouri River Mid-July Fly Fishing Forecast

Middle of the month and all is well. We have made it through the busiest month of the year, June, and have emerged on the other side with the hope of continued summer hatches and sunshine.

I’m sure we will have early start times at the shop and the guided clients will set the alarm to not only beat the heat but be in position for the Trico spinner fall.

Here is the Missouri River July Fly Fishing Forecast.

In the boat Thursday…

Hot. July is our warmest, hottest, month here in central Montana. Temperatures commonly near 100 degrees. As mentioned above we will see them this week. Let’s hope we do not see too many days over and above the century mark. So, we go out early. 6am is not too early. This can allow you a good morning bite with an afternoon siesta followed by an evening caddis session.

Lots of sunscreen and sun hats and sun gloves and SPF sun shirts too. If you need any of that kind of sun protection we have a full line of BUFF products, Skwala , NRS, Orvis, Howler Bros., and SIMMS sun products, and sunscreen from SunBum and more! Lip protection is important too alone with lots of water.

I find that many guests are afraid to pee. Yep pee. So they don’t drink nearly enough water during the day. Many fishing guides drink in the neighborhood of one gallon. Yes, honest, true. If you do not drink the water, hydrate yourself, you can expect less than perfect performance. Less than 16 oz. of water is not enough. Nope. So get after the water consumption and perform better. It’s OK to drink lots of water. Lots.

Missouri River July Bugs and Hatches

Trico’s

Trico’s. Ephemerella Tricorythodes is the primary insect that most come out for in July. Daily hatches that go on strong through the month of July. Depending on the season, the year, the cycle, the Trico’s can last through the month of August and into September.

The males hatch in the evening and wait until the morning to greet their female counterparts. Females hatch in the morning meeting up for the in the air mating session. This is the event that many get pretty stoked about. Those high columns of mating bugs that may be 8-10 feet wide and 50+ feet high are impressive indeed. Mating columns get our blood pumping. They should do the same for you.

Then the spinner fall happens about 9am. Warm and hot air temps are OK for the Trico. Summer bugs don’t mind summer conditions with high and bright sun coupled with the air temps.

Spinner falls are awesome!

Trico Patterns that we love include the spinner in lots of versions. Double Wing, small Adams, Quigley’s Hackle Stackers, single winged spinners, sunken spinners, Griffith’s Gnats, Buzzballs, even a spent caddis or rusty spinner can get the attention of these sometimes finicky trout eaters.

Emergers can come into play in the front end of the hatch. I have had success with a small soft hackle type fly under an Adams. Or without the Adams. Just swing it. A CDC Emerger can be effective as well. Black bodied, tailed, and CDC winged.

Duns? Yes, sometimes they will get on them. Seems like the trout like them more than they like the PMD dun. Small parachutes, Adams, CDC Hanging Midge, and the like.

Pale Morning Duns

Waning. Hard. But, a great spinner fall that lasted 3 or 4 hours on the upper river yesterday. A few duns. Some emergent bull-crap behavior from some. Rusty and green spinners everywhere. The fish ate ’em up too.

May have another couple weeks of this kind of deal, but then, poooof!, they’ll be gone until 2018.

Patterns include the always popular and fishy cripple. Fish it strong. Fish it blind. Fish it bro’. Spinners. Yep. Soft hackles? Sure why not. CDC Emergers? Yes. Duns? Only if you are crazy or like to cast a lot. Or both. Or don’t like catching fish.

Headhunters PMD selection is heads above the rest. Come on by for that secret bug you need. Which one? We don’t know until you walk in the door. It’s different for everyone.

Caddis Flies

Better than they have been in years. The night show is awesome. The day time show is good. The morning show is damn good too.

Skittering caddis abound during the day time hours, recently. Will they continue? We hope so. Find a good skittering caddis and let it ride. Blind or cast to a rising trout you may be surprised at the success rate. King’s River, Missouri River Special, X Caddis, Outrigger, some down winged marvel that you have in your box…find one that you like, and can see and fish it strong. Fish it hard.

I’ve been digging the Stocking Wing or the small Bloom’s or the traditional para-caddis. There are some good ones out there.

Caddid will continue through September. Sometimes strong, other times not so much. But fish it with confidence all the time for good mid day action.

OR toss the spent in the morning hours for a good time. A spent during the day is good too. Evenings? Yep, of course.

Ants and Hoppers

Oh, the fish are probably looking for something like them soon.We are not on them yet as there are so many other dry fly options. But an ant blind or a smaller happier attractor patterns can get it done. Blind fishing can be good. But if there are rising trout most prefer to cast at them. For the beginner trout angler who would like to have success on a dry fly without frustrating themselves with our sometimes finicky trout risers…a great way to transition. A great way to spend the day.

Headhunters is the favorite shop of attractor pattern shoppers. Techy small dries too. And nymphs of course…

Weeds

Coming soon. Not bad as of yet, but it is coming. Buck up little camper, this is the big leagues. If you can’t hang…fish the Madison.

Missouri River July Water Flows

Summer lower flows for the wade fishing army. Bring it!

We love having some water in the river,a nd we will be sad to see 6K go away. But bring it back this coming year please as we like the normal water flows and it gives those fish something to cheer about. Us too!

The June time period is over. Good times ahead. Far fewer anglers and boats in the last couple days. After July 25th it falls of of the cliff. If you like quieter angling with some difficult fish, come in August. We can accomodate

Headhunters Fly Shop and Guide Service

Open daily at about 6am. Browse our extensive fly selection and pick up that sun shirt or that gift for your kids and wife.

See you on the river soon. Enjoy July.

Spring Creeks Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (July 8, 2022)

The Spring Creeks are back in action. PMDs, midges, and terrestrials are on the menu. Midges in the morning and evening. Hoppers, ants, and beetles in the afternoon. Nymphing can be good with zebra midges and PMD nymphs. Fish those terrestrials tight to banks. Make sure you have a good selection of flies for these technical summer conditions. Long leaders and light tippets are the way to go.

Kootenai River Fishing Report via Orvis (July 7, 2022)

Linehan Outfitting’s Tip of the Week

Cover water this time of year since fish are still spread out and not necessarily settled into runs and riffles and traditional summer lies.

5-Day Outlook as of 7/11/22

It looks like we’re in for a terrific week here on the Kootenai. Partly sunny skies will prevail with daytime temperatures in the 80s. The KOOTENAI is in great shape and starting to fish pretty well.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/11/22

Nymphing is super solid right now and will put up numbers if that’s your game. Dry fly fishing has officially started. With flows at 13,ooo banks and softer runs have fish looking up especially if there are bugs. Hatches are still light but warmer daytime temps and some sunshine should help with caddis activity. Streamer action has been decent lately and will bring a nicer fish or two if you stick with it. Get the flies down and use at least a depth charge sinking tip.

Upper Madison River Fishing Report by Montana Angler (July 8, 2022)

Current Conditions:

The Salmonfly hatch has brought people from all over the region to the Upper Madison! Epic eats on chunky foam flies is enough to entice any avid angler. You will have to follow the hatch as they move up the river. Don’t expect solitude while there but the crowds shouldn’t derail amazing opportunities for large fish on big dries. Golden stones have started popping up lower on the river and hatches of PMDS are still around. This is a great time of year for the dry fly angler! Early morning streamer bite has been pretty good if you are an early riser.

The Month Ahead:

The upper will continue to fish well over the next few weeks. Golden stone hatches will replace the salmonflies but are equally fun to imitate.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Upper Madison is one of our favorite summer fisheries. The water is generally cold and consistent for killer summertime fishing. We are hoping to continue a late spring push in moisture to keep water levels up.

Chancy and Dave’s Fish Camp Fishing/Ice Report (July 13, 2022)

Bring the family to River’s Edge Park pond in Columbia Falls on Saturday, July 30 from 1-4 p.m. for a fishing day.
FWP is teaming up with the Columbia Falls Rotary Club for this great community event. We will have loaner fishing equipment and bait available, as well as refreshments. Free hot dogs for kids under 12!
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♦️ Flathead Lake- Starting to get reports of white fish in Elmo Bay & Walstad fishing access site. Try 45’ water- Also perch and lake trout mixed in. Try trolling near Bird Island with Flatfish in 80’ of water.
🔹 Whitefish Lake- Jigging good numbers of lake trout off points in 60’ of water. Good pike near bays with jerkbaits.
♦️ Lower Stillwater- Lots of good perch near north end. Also lots of pike.
🔹 Middle Thompson- Nice salmon up to 18” trolling 40’ of water with small dodgers and Dick nites.
♦️ Lake Mary Ronan- Excellent salmon jigging 30’ of water with Hali jigs. Also nice perch.
🔹 Dickey Lake- Excellent salmon jigging.
♦️ Ashley Lake- Great salmon with some fish up to 16” trolling and jigging both.
🔹 Swan Lake- Try south end for pike- also try near river mouth for lake trout. Main lake can be good for nice salmon near highway.

Flathead Valley Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter (June 30, 2022)

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  • Flathead Lake – Trolling around 100′-150′ for lakers with Rapalas has been a good bet. Also try using Brads Cut Plugs and Apex Lures for some variety.
  • Whitefish Lake – Lots of smaller fish being caught around 110′-125′. Hellbender Tackle paired with cut bait has been a solid option along with Mission Tube Jigs.
  • Flathead River – River flows are returning to normal, still around 30,000 cubic feet with stained water. Continue to use caution.
  • McWenneger Slough – Water levels are high and has fish dispersed into flooded areas. Still chances to pick up a few pike along points and weed clusters.
  • Echo Lake – Bass bite has been consistent. Senko’s, Keitech swim baits and Ned craws have all been good options.
  • Ashley Lake – Salmon fishing continues to be hot. Hali’s in natural colors along with Swedish pimples paired with Zimmer heavy glows are solid options.
  • Middle Thompson Lake – Salmon trolling has been good. Try using P-Line Mini Reaction Squids paired with Mack’s sling blades or dodgers.
  • Lake Mary Ronan – Salmon bite has been good. Hali jigs paired with a maggot has been working well. Also try using Swedish Pimples paired with Zimmer Heavy Glows or Mack’s Glow Hooks.
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir – West side road closed between 29 and 39 mile marker due to rockslides. Stained water conditions but has been decent fishing for both Cutthroat and Bulls in the creek mouths. Try using Kamloopers and Daredevil spoons.

Fishing Reports by Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing (July 4, 2022)

The Yellowstone River is still too high and dirty. We may run a trip there July 5–6 and will certainly do so on the 7th or 8th. Look for an updated report on the 8th.

The Madison River is fishing well top to bottom, though it will be crowded over the next few days with the 4th of July weekend. Salmonflies are present between Story Ditch and Ennis and progressing upstream. Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and PMD are present on the upper river as well. On the Lower River, crayfish, caddis pupae, and PMD are top bets. Rising trout can be found from midmorning to early afternoon on cloudy days.

The Boulder River is still high, but it’s fishing well on stonefly and large attractor nymphs. Some Salmonflies are present. We’ve got our first Boulder River float of the year on Sunday the 3rd. The river is still high enough that boats are basically required for access. Pull the raft over, hop out, and fish the long, deep runs hard.

Private lakes are slowing down due to heat. Walter took part in a four-guide trip to Sitz Lake on Tuesday. Seven clients combined for only six fish (though all were 20+ inches).

Yellowstone Park fishing is limited from our operations area this year due to historic flooding. Walk-in travel is allowed into the northern part of the park via Gardiner. The Gardner River is fishing well on stonefly nymphs, and the Salmonfly hatch is imminent. If you can get in via West Yellowstone, the headwaters of the Gibbon River are good bets for westslope cutthroat and grayling and the Yellowstone River around Tower Falls should be fishing great on stonefly nymphs and streamers, with the Salmonfly hatch imminent. The brook trout creeks near Mammoth are likely now in play for beginner fishing with attractor dry/dropper combos.

Kootenai River Fishing Report by Linehan Outfitting (July 7, 2022)

This Kootenai River Montana fishing report is being brought to you by Orvis Endorsed Linehan Outfitting.  This report will be updated weekly to provide current conditions, weather, hatches, patterns, and flows to our local waters and across the state.

Flows from Libby Dam:  4000cfs

Water temperature at Libby Dam: 42 degrees

Hatches: midge, baetis

patterns:  zebra midge, parachute Adams, parachute pmd, Rosenbauer’s olive rabbit foot emerger, purple haze, purple chubby, red chubby, olive sparkle dun,bh prince, soft SJ worm, bh pheasant tail, bh rubber legged stonefly, big streamers in white, pink and olive, circus peanut, black conehead buggers

It’s not quite spring up here in Kootenai River country but we have good news.  Flows from Libby Dam have been reduced and will be stable at 4000cfs through the end of March for now.  That means there’s some great early season fishing available right now.

Expect more clammy cloudy weather through the weekend and into next week.  March continues to come in like a lion and we’ve yet to see the lamb.  Rain and snow mix will dominate forecast.  Fortunately daytime temps will ooch into the forties which is at least a small sign of spring around here.

At the moment the river is clear and in good shape.  Don’t expect much in the way of dry fly fishing and insect activity until we get some substantially warmer daytime temperatures.  The water is still cold but trout will start to feed a bit in the coming weeks.

This is always a good time of year for nymphing.  With low flows you don’t need a heavy rig.  You just need to get the flies down in softer runs and pools where trout are most likely to be holding this time of year.  Don’t spend a ton of time fishing fast riffles.

Streamer fishing is also productive this time of year especially since bigger fish will be hungry after laying low for a couple months during the dead of winter.  Keep in mind they will not necessarily want to move too fast or too far to get a meal.  Get your streamers down and fish them slowly and erratically.  Nothing like a wounded minnow to get a big rainbow interested in at least a sniff.

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Give a call anytime if you need more Kootenai River details or information on any of our hunting or fishing adventures.  And please check out our e-commerce site for all Linehan Outfitting branded swag and Orvis gear. https://linehan-outfitting.myshopify.com/

We look forward to hearing from you.  406-295-4872

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Bozeman Fly Supply (July 6, 2022)

The Yellowstone is starting to shape up after the recent flooding, it is still running a little high and dirty so do be cautious. If you plan to fish the Yellowstone, be sure to check FWP’s Restrictions and Closures page for up-to-date information regarding closures.

Suggested Fly Patterns

  • Dry Fly

    Missing Link Caddis (14-18), Corn Fed Caddis (14-18), Peacock Caddis (14-16), Parawulf Dennis BWO (16-20), Thorax BWO (18-20), Parachute Adams (14-20), Purple Haze (16-20), Film Critic BWO (16-20), Smoke Jumper (16-20), Extended Body BWO (16-20), Griffith’s Gnat (16-20), UV Sparkle Midge (18-20), Chubby Chernobyl Olive/Royal/Purple (8-12)

  • Streamer

    Woolly Bugger (4-12), Articulated Goldie (6), Mini Dungeon, Complex Twist Bugger (2), Kreelex Minnow (4), Sparkle Minnow (4-8), Double Gonga, Urchin Bugger (4), El Sculpito (2), Sculpzilla (4-8), Sculpinator (4-6)

  • Nymph

    Pat’s Rubber Legs (6-12), Zirdle Bug (6-12), Woolly Bugger (4-12), Perdigon (14-18), Pheasant Tail (14-20), Jigster Baetis (14-18), Prince Nymph (10-18), BH Hare’s Ear (12-18), Sisslin’ Hot Spot Squirrel (14-16), Zebra Midge (16-22), San Juan Worm, Matt’s Shagadelic Mop, Hare’s Ear (14-18), Dirty Bird (12-16)

Holter Reservoir Fishing Report by FWP (July 11, 2022)

Walleye fishing has been great inside the canyon near the Gates of the Mountains, around Cottonwood Creek and the Clay Banks on the lower end of the reservoir. Trolling bottom bouncers with orange or white spinner blades or pitching perch-colored jigs around shallow points or weed beds has been working well. Some perch are being picked up here and there while fishing for walleye. Good numbers of rainbows continue to be picked up throughout the reservoir while trolling various flashers with a spinner combination or crankbaits at least 20 feet deep. An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore while using floating jigs and crawlers or power bait.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Rock Creek Fishing Report by Grizzly Hackle (July 11, 2022)

Grizzly Hackle scores Rock Creek fishing a 4/5

Not much has changed on Rock Creek.  It’s still fishing really great and now that it’s wade fishing only it’s a good place to go for those who love to wade.  It’s still above normal and probably will be for the rest of the season, but it’s great for the fish and it’s plenty clear for fishing.  There are a few Golden’s out still with PMD’s, Caddis and we are starting to throw attractor dries, like P-Hazes, Adams, Royal Wulff’s and Humpies.  A smaller Golden like a Henry’s Fork, Bullethead or Pav’s Sweet Dream with a sz 16-18 Perdigon off the back is a solid way to prospect for fish.  When you see fish eating PMD duns or Spinners its time to switch over to a sz 16-18 Found Link, Brindle Chute, CDC Dun, Rusty Spinner or CDC Spinner.

Yellowstone River and Livingston Area Fly Fishing Report by Dan Bailey’s (July 13, 2022)

Welcome to high summer. The fourth of July is behind us, the forecast is calling for hot, dry weather and the rivers are starting to drop and run clear. Now is the time to be fishing Montana!

YELLOWSTONE RIVER

The Yellowstone River is clearing up, but still has some color. It’s below 8,500 cfs as of this morning at the gauge here in Livingston and has 6-8” of visibility. If you drive through town early in the morning you’ll see lots of boats headed out..

Quick side note on that – if you do decide to float the Yellowstone River while it’s still at these higher flows be EXTREMELY CAREFUL. This much water can get dangerous fast, especially in low side hard boats. There are many new obstructions, channel changes,, and obstacles in the river that might be entirely invisible in the dirty water. Pay attention, and be safe.

With the river still pretty off color, you won’t find much for dry fly action. That part of the summer on the Yellowstone is on the horizon, but it will be a hot minute still. With the conditions being what they are, a fishable salmonfly hatch isn’t really in the cards this year but we should see some golden stones and then nocturnals later in the month. Expect lots of caddis, yellow sallies, and terrestrials this summer as well!

Right now it’s a streamer or nymph game. The streamer strippers out there are getting into a few fish on the cloudy days, but a more effective tactic is floating one under an indicator with a dropper behind it. Not only does this present a large, tasty morsel to the fish but often they’ll be drawn in by the streamer only to see and eat the dropper. Don’t be afraid of weight in this heavier water.

As the Yellowstone River continues to drop and clear, it’s about to get really good.

MADISON RIVER

Both the Upper and Lower Madison have been fishing very well over the past week. If you’re after salmonflies, the hatch is starting to peter out but you can still find a few up high on the Upper. This weekend there were still a lot around Lyon’s Bridge and they’ll just keep moving up.

If you want to fish dry flies right now, head for the Madison. Caddis, yellow sallies, PMDs, PEDs, a few drakes, golden stones, salmonflies… It’s chow time up there. Expect to see other anglers, especially on weekends. Fishing early and late will help with crowds. Dead drifted streamers with a flashy dropper (see above) have been producing as well.

The Lower Madison is still fishing well with dry fly patterns – caddis are hatching, as are some scattered mayflies here and there. Ants and other terrestrials are on the menu as well. Crawfish patterns are always a great bet this time of year. Fish are chasing streamers on cloudy days. If you’re after rising fish, consider a walk up Bear Trap Canyon away from crowds. The tube hatch starts around noon from Warm Springs to Blacks Ford, be aware of that.

OTHER WATERS

We’re reaching that time of year when almost everything in the state is fishing well. The Boulder, Missouri, Gallatin and Stillwater are all good options if you want to try something else. Look for caddis, some stoneflies, and generic attractor dries. Terrestrials such as ants and beetles are a summer staple, but it’s still early for hoppers.

This is the time of year to explore! Go fish somewhere you haven’t been. Take that drive up in the mountains. Get the map out and do some looking. Montana is a big state, go find your secret spot.

HIGH COUNTRY

One often overlooked aspect of summer (at least from a fishing perspective) is the high country. After a snowy spring and a cool and wet early summer the mountains are melting out nicely. There are countless lakes and miles upon miles of streams, most of them home to hungry trout willing to eagerly take a dry fly. The fish aren’t as big and you have to put the work in but the high country is an enticing option this time of year.

Like we’ve been saying, this summer is shaping up nicely. There is still lots of water and it’s nice and cold. Fishing is about to get Really good.

The shop is fully stocked with everything you need to explore Montana, whether you are fishing or not! Flies, rods, reels, waders, technical fishing gear, as well as hiking, camping, backpacking, biking and much more is all here. We’ve even got some prime dates available for guided trips! Call the shop at 406.222.1673 with questions or to book.

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Shore Fishing Fort Peck via Montana Fishing Addicts 2.0 (July 13, 2022)

Trevor J.: Throw shad raps off diving cranks off the rip rap of the dam. The pike and smallies will keep you busy!

John M.: Flicker shads below the powerhouse in the evening/night. Depending on the flow, you’ll want to watch the depth on your lure. It’s pretty shallow in spots. Deeper by the parking lot. But, there are some stumps out there you need to avoid.

Levi J.: I fish from shore alot at Peck….I personally like to go fish Duck Creek with crappie rigs and SMELT….

Beaver Creek Reservoir via Havre Minnow Man (July 12, 2022)

Got lots of fatheads back in the tanks and ready to sell. The walleye and perch bite are both going strong at Beaver Creek Reservoir. We were using small green vertical jigs tipped with a small live minnow (what else 😜) in 20 feet of water.

Clark Fork River Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters (July 9, 2022)

BRO’s Tips of the Week:The Clark Fork is fishing like two separate rivers above and below Missoula. On the lower sections, we’re seeing banner days with bigger rainbows caught underneath on the nymph. The upper section muddied up quite a bit after last week’s rain but is starting to drop and should start fishing well as clarity improves.*Two new trees down between Clinton-Turah that are blocking an entire channel.  We do not recommend floating this section until we have more intel.7 Day Outlook:A few afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast for Missoula this weekend before hot, clear and sunny days arrive. These are the summer days we dream about all year long – blue skies, clear water, and hungry fish. Get out there and enjoy July!Our Recommendations for the Best Techniques and Patterns:

We are seeing quite a few PMDs and small caddis through town over the past week, but nymphing or a big dry-dropper rig will be your best bet until the water clears up more. Try mixing a bigger golden stone pattern with a Jig PT, Prince, or Frenchie dropper to find what the fish want. Try Girdle Bugs, TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8. If the water clears up, Lightning Bug, Jig PT, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon in #12-14 should be more productive.

Streamer prospecting can also yield results on the Clark Fork in these conditions. Sparkle Minnows, Kreelexes, Mini Dungeons, and Thin Mints/Buggers are all good to carry on the water. Try speeding up your retrieve with these water temps and visibility to attract a predatory response.

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Yellowstone Park Waters Fishing Report by Montana Troutfitters (July 10, 2022)

Most park roads have reopened after the flooding event in June. North and northeast park entrances, as well as sections of road in these areas, remain closed until further notice. Check Yellowstone park website: https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Bighorn River Fishing Report by Fins and Feathers (June 29, 2022)

Spring Creeks score a 3/5

The Bighorn has dropped to 4,500cfs and the nymphing remains good for the time being. Scuds, worms, and sowbugs are the staple bugs under the bobber. Caddis pupa and PMD nymphs are also a good bugs to nymph. Dry fly action will be here soon. PMD’s in the near future. Streamer fishing can be good with Sparkle Minnows, Kreelex, and Mini Peanut Envys. Water clarity is fantastic and the weeds are not a huge issue.

Canyon Ferry Fishing Report via FWP (July 11, 2022)

The walleye bite is on with reports of good catches around the river mouth and Pond 4, White Earth and Snaggy Bay, and the north end around Court Sheriff and submerged points.  Most anglers are using a variety of spinner blades with a bottom bouncer or jigs.  Worms and leeches are working equally well.  Shore anglers are catching a few walleye in Beaver Creek Bay near White Earth and around the Silos.  A few rainbows are being caught while trolling cowbells or silver spoons on the north end around Cemetary Island or from White Earth to Hole in the Wall on walleye rigs.  An occasional rainbow is being caught from shore at the Outhouse and Shannon. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

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