Statewide Montana Fishing Report Compilation 9.9.22
By angelamontana

Posted: September 9, 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.


Hell Creek Recreation Information (August 31, 2022)

Update: The Garfield County Road Crew is out working on the road today, for those of you who have been inquiring or wondering the condition of the road. This should improve the quality of travel for those coming down for the holiday weekend and bow hunting season coming up. (via Hell Creek Marina Facebook page)

Cooney State Park Information via FWP (September 9, 2022)

Hauser Fishing Report by FWP (September 6, 2022)

A few perch and walleye are still being picked up in the Causeway arm while jigging or slip bobber fishing. Rainbow fishing has been good, and most are being picked up between York Bridge and Hauser Dam while trolling cowbells with lead core line and while bottom bouncing night crawlers in 20-30 feet of water.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Noxon Fishing Report for bass and walleye via Montana Fishing Addicts 2.0 (September 7, 2022)

Richie R.: Just about any presentation you use for Smallmouth will work for walleye. In fact, drop shot rigs work fantastic for Walleye, especially with a live minnow or leech.

Caed M.: Shiver minnows. Literally but one cause they are expensive anf you’ll catch fish. Drop it to bottom. Littke slack line rip it up hard and let the slack line fall

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report by Headhunters Fly Shop (September 6, 2022)

Still hot this week. And then, rain and 62F on Friday. Then…

Been really quite hot this month and the smoke has arrived in September. All summer long we have been graced with clear skies. Alas, that period of clarity has evaporated. Highs over 100F on Wednesday this week. And, then the daily temperatures fall into a more seasonal pattern bringing highs in the 60’s and 70’s.

And that is why we like Autumn here in central Montana. The leaves begin to color, the air temps cool with light jackets dug out from under the back seat, later starts times, sometimes un-real nymphing, and the most pleasant afternoons you could ever dream of.

As we mentioned the nymphing is the star, historically, of the show for the Autumn session. The development of the mayfly subsurface gives the angler and opportunity to put a few in the net. Fishing deeper for the morning period, shallower in the pm with a terrestrial bite hopefully wedged in your day somewhere.

Some Callibaetis can show locally. Hoppers can be good.

October Caddis is in the mix. Yep, comes earlier here. Try it under the surface too. Swing it? You betcha. Blind dry fly? How about an October Caddis Translucent Emerger out there searchin’? Want a monster? Trichoptera dicosmoecus is the word.

A busier month than August as the weather temps mirror the air temps and fishing becomes consistent. The entire river sees more traffic again as the spread begins with waning traffic at the dam. Some years. Some years the circus continues in the upper reach . Commensurate with the bite? Absolutely.

We do truly believe that the fantastic fishing will continue this fall that reflects the very strong dry fly season of 2022. We have no reason to believe it will change. But, Mother Nature makes the ultimate decision.

Lodging and guides available with one easy phone call to 406-235-3447 and follow the prompts.

Look into October and November as well with Swing Season literally around the corner. Start thinking about your education goals for the Trout Spey season ahead. Headhunters of Craig has the teaching staff to lift you up to the angler you want to be!

Happy Autumn. See you in Craig Montana this season!

Gallatin River Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (September 6, 2022)


Hoot owl restrictions in Effect on the Gallatin from Cameron Bridge to the mouth. Check out other closures and restrictions here.

The Gallatin is clear and fishing well. Most of the time you can find fish willing to rise to your fly even if there are few insects on the surface. Small hoppers, chubbys, and stonefly imitations can do the trick at the moment. Also, try your favorite attractor dries like Purple Haze, Royal Wulff, and stimulators are good patterns for opportunistic risers. Drop a perdigon, lightning bug, or prince nymph off of the foam. Spruce moths are also fluttering about, so give those a try if you find yourself fishing in wooded sections of the river.

Gallatin River Webcam – Located at Karst, which is about 1/2 way between Bozeman and Big Sky on HWY 191.

Castle Rock Live Bait Shop Fishing Report (September 5, 2022)

“Summer” may be over. But fall fishing is about to begin. Rental boats are still available. Book now at You could mark out a spot for your upcoming ice hole!

The Upper has been fishing good. Hopper dropper season is in full swing right now. Then as the day heats up switching to a small pink hopper with a black/red bodied ant or a purple bodied beetle has been fairly productive. Midday, dropping off a small and flashy nymph such as a nymphicator or a rainbow warrior has been the ticket.

Chancy and Dave’s Fish Camp Fishing Report (September 9, 2022)

➡️ Graves Creek, Tobacco River and Kootenai Falls area. Good numbers of fish already showing up. You can use small jugs to catch them as they are working up the river to spawn. Also don’t forget that you can snag on Seeley Lake & Placid for salmon but that season doesn’t open until October 15th.
🔹 Lake Mary Ronan- Good fall bite for perch starting near south west end in 25’ of water. Try small jigs or small Gitzit jigs.
🔹 Middle Thompson/Lower Thompson- Good numbers of salmon jigging 50’ of water, some fish up 18”. Lots of small pike and few good bass.
🔹 Blanchard Lake- Lots of small crappie, few nice perch & sun fish.
🔹 Island Lake- Lots of perch 7-11” look for schools of bigger fish 12-20” deep. Some small pike catching on spoons.
🔹 Flathead Lake- Still reports of white fish biting near delta, west shore and Elmo Bay. Try Elmo, Big Arm for perch also. Troll 60-80’ Woods Bay for Lake Trout.
🔹 Lake Francis- Good numbers of nice walleye, Berkeley Gulp minnows on jig 1/4 ounce is productive.

Flathead Valley Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter (August 22, 2022)

–No new report–

  • Flathead Lake – Whitefish are biting in the delta. Try jigging around 40′-60′. KB Lures, Hellbender Tackle or Zimmer Rattle d’Zastors seem to be the best options.
  • Flathead River – Hoppers are out and trout fishing has been consistent. Some other flies to use are Purple Haze, Adams or Royal Wulff’s.
  • Echo Lake – Warm waters have bass moving deeper. Try tossing Freedom Tackle jigs or punching rigs to target bass in heavy cover.
  • Ashley Lake – Still some salmon being caught jigging around 40′-60′ using pink Swedish Pimples with glow hooks.
  • Thompson Chain – Smaller pike still being caught around reed lines and timber. Salmon are still fishing around 50′. Mostly trolling hoochie rigs and kokanee dodgers seems to be the consensus.
  • Lake Mary Ronan – Decent perch fishing; jigging around 20′ off Camp Tuffit.
  • Island Lake – Seeing good numbers of perch around 8″-11″ being caught.
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir – The West side road expected to remain closed from mile marker 29 to mile marker 37 for another couple of weeks. East side road has construction activities Monday – Thursday from 7am-6pm, expect delays of up to an hour.

Stillwater Fishing Report by Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing (August 30, 2022)

This Stillwater River fishing report is valid August 30 until the first big cooldown OR when flows drop below about 425cfs, whichever comes first.

The Stillwater is getting low and cold upstream from the Rosebud, so afternoons will be best up there. Downstream of the Rosebud, the fishing will be best 10:00 to 3:00PM and the river may be too warm after 3:00, especially on the hottest days.

Flows below the Rosebud remain around 600cfs, suitable for floating. Be conscious of lots of debris in the river from the historic flooding in June. Spearing your raft with a piece of rebar won’t make for a good trip. There are at least two spots that require “dance moves” with the raft to avoid obstructions, one a nasty log snag below a riffle and the other a new rock shelf upstream from Swinging Bridge Access. Note that Swinging Bridge is closed for the season due to flood damage.

Regardless of where you’re fishing, start with stonefly nymphs and dead-drifted streamers early in the morning. You may see some cream mayflies (Heptagenia, probably) until about noon, so do the obvious thing if trout are rising. Mayfly-style attractor dries like Wulffs and Hazy Cripples tend to work just as well as hatch-matching flies. Hatches will improve with cooler, grayer weather.

Hopper-dropper combos are definitely the main draw on the Stillwater. Fish a Yeti Hopper or big Bob Hopper with a Lightning Bug in a variety of colors or a red Copper John on a long dropper underneath. If the trout are really looking up, you can also try a small Bob Hopper behind the big one, or a large, buoyant ant or beetle.

Our next Stillwater River fishing report will drop when the weather cools down or the dam managers cut flows from the reservoirs in the Rosebud system, thereby making the Stillwater downstream too low to float. We hope the former happens first…

Kootenai River Fishing Report by Linehan Outfitting (September 2, 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.

In Boston Red Sox news, it’s PLAY BALL!  After several weeks of a lockout the players union owners have finally come to an agreement.  Spring training will start immediately and while opening day was and remains delayed until April 7, the season will still be 162 games.  For now the Sox have managed to keep essentially the same playoff roster they had last season.  Infielders Dalbec, Arroyo, Bogaerts, and Devers are key players.  In the outfield Jackie Bradley Jr. has returned to Boston and Kike Hernandez and Verdugo will anchor the deep green.  Ace Chris Sale will hopefully be healthy and other starters from last year will hopefully pick up where they left off in October.  Go Sox!!!

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.

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

Loma Fishing Report via Montana Fishing Addicts 2.0 (September 6, 2022)

Caed M.: Slow. Tons of weeds and the water has slowed down in speed. And with the 100 degree days hasn’t gotten better

David K.: It can be good at night , and early morning , for cats.

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Bozeman Fly Supply (September 8, 2022)

The Yellowstone is running low and clear right now and it appears to be recovering well from the spring flooding. Terrestrials and droppers should get the job done right now, so bust out the foam and beaded nymphs. If you like Whitefish a bright shiny nymph should make you happy. Streamers on the lower stretches of the river can be fun on the right day. 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

    Thunder Thighs Hopper (10-14), Morrish Hopper (10-14), 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 (September 6, 2022)

Rainbow fishing has been good throughout the reservoir while trolling cowbells with lead core line or running brightly colored crankbaits during the early morning hours. Walleye and perch action has been great while jigging with crawlers in 15-25 feet of water around the docks at the public boat ramps, the Clay Banks, Mann Gulch, Cottonwood Creek and around weed beds and other points. A few kokanee are being found during the early morning or late evening hours on the lower end of the reservoir while trolling flashers tipped with a spinner and shoepeg corn in 40-60 feet of water.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Blackfoot River Fishing Report by Grizzly Hackle (September 6, 2022)

Grizzly Hackle scores Rock Creek fishing a 4/5

The Blackfoot is fishing well.  Trico’s are out and the terrestrial fishing is staying stong.  Look for Trico’s to be out in the mornings.  A size 18-22 Tucker’s Twiggy, Harrops CDC Cripple, Organza Spinner or drowned spinner with 5-6x tippet and a drag free drift.  Hopper/Dropper before and after the hatch with your favorite pink, peach or tan hopper and a jig Prince, TJ Hooker, San Juan or Perdigon.  Streamers in the early morning are starting to work as the nights are getting colder and bringing water temps down.  Sparkle Minnows, Karnopp’s Space Invader, Mini-Dungeons and Sculpzilla’s stripped or dead drifted.

1/2 off Friday’s are still happening, every Friday all year long. (1/2 off your first dozen dries or nymphs)

Yellowstone River and Livingston Area Fly Fishing Report by Dan Bailey’s (August 31, 2022)

Where did August go? The summer months seem to accelerate as the season goes on and August just vanished. Poof. Honestly it’s one that we aren’t all that sad to see go – the upcoming months of late summer and fall are pretty darn spectacular here in Livingston and Montana as a whole. Here’s what’s going on in our rivers around our corner of the state.


The mud plug that came down from Yellowstone Park has finally dissipated. The river stayed muddy through town and the lower stretches through much of yesterday, but the clearer water from on high is reaching us down this way. The Montana Whitewater Webcam in Gardiner is a great indicator for the river, and it’s showing fishable conditions this morning. We’ve got about a foot of visibility, which is more than fishable!

The mud has kept most anglers off the water for almost a week, so the fish are going to be relatively unpressured. With kids starting school and tourist season beginning to wind down we are seeing fewer angler days than even a few weeks ago. Weekends will be more crowded, but weekdays are pretty quiet. Mayor’s Landing to Sheep Mountain remains closed to all floating and river use.

The forecast for this coming week or so is HOT. We’ve even got a high of 100 coming up for Saturday. However, cool nights will help control and moderate water temps. Even so it’s a great idea to be on the water early, play your fish quickly, leave them in the water as much as possible and release them as quickly as possible.

With the hot weather, hoppers have remained top of the food chain for a while. We’ve had some windier days which is blowing them around and into the river. Fish the edges of ag fields on breezy days for the best success. The same advice we’ve had for the last couple reports holds true – fish a hopper with a flashy dropper, terrestrials, and double nymph rigs. If you are fishing past morning, try fishing the deeper water as the trout move to find cooler water temps.

Fall is coming, and fall is GOOD on the Yellowstone. Stay tuned.


The Lower Madison remains under a Hoot Owl Closure (no fishing 2pm to midnight) and is a tubers playground. Especially so with all the college kids coming back into Bozeman…

The Upper Madison has been fishing well and remains in its late summer condition. There is still a Hoot Owl Closure from 8 Mile Ford to Ennis Lake, but no restrictions on the rest of the river. Fish early to beat the heat, bring hoppers, terrestrials and attractors, and soak in the scenery of the Madison Valley.

There isn’t a lot hatching right now, but soon… Fall is one of the prime seasons on the Madison River for big fish. It’s coming up fast!


The Gallatin River is under a Hoot Owl Closure from the confluence to Cameron Bridge Road. Honestly, as we’ve been saying all summer long, we’d recommend avoiding the stretch that’s in the valley and focusing on the canyon. The water is cooler, the fish are happier, and there’s a lot more access.

Without much hatching, terrestrials and attractors are a good bet. Fish the good water, fish early in the day, release the fish as quickly as you can. There is an algae bloom from Big Sky downstream, just be aware of that. If you want to avoid that, most of the crowds fish above Big Sky.

One of the main advantages of the Gallatin is the fact that there is so much access in the canyon. There are tons of pullouts and parking spots that allow you to jump down to the river and have at it. Keep in mind it is small water and it’s a popular rafting and kayaking destination, so you’ll need to share the space.


Late summer is the season of the high country. There are hundreds of lakes, streams, hidden gems, and secret spots in the mountains of Southwest Montana. You can combine hiking, camping, backpacking, or mountain biking with fishing to create a pretty awesome trip. Lots of these spots are within day hike distance, but even more are within a quick overnight.

For lakes, we’d suggest a good assortment of beadhead nymphs, small mayfly patterns, leeches and flying ants. The flying ants work surprisingly well on high country lakes, especially in the afternoons. If they aren’t eating on top, trying slowly (VERY slowly) stripping a leech or beadhead nymph. Trout in these lakes can be frustratingly technical at times, so bring a long leader and your A game.

Streams and creeks are a different matter. Often a basic hopper or attractor pattern is all you need. The water is quick enough these fish don’t have much time to scrutinize flies and a well placed presentation will either work or not. If you make a couple good casts to a juicy spot without results, keep moving. Don’t spend all day working the same runs – keep moving.

The high country is often overlooked, but if you want a real Montana experience this is it. Go get out in the mountains and explore. It’s worth it.


Late summer is here in Livingston. Kids are back in school, town is less busy, and things are winding down for the season. There is still a lot going on though! Great food, beer, music, events, Farmer’s Market… Fall is a great time to come and visit Livingston.

The shop is starting to get our first fall apparel and gear in. Don’t be surprised by the cold weather, shop early to stay warm, dry, and comfortable all fall long. With fall hatches coming up fast we’ve got the flies you need. We’ve even got a couple 7wts in for steamer season…

Good luck out there this week!

Clark Fork River Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters (September 3, 2022)

BRO Fishing score: 3/5

BRO’s Tips of the Week:

The Clark Fork from Warm Springs/Silver Bow Creek to the confluence of Flint Creek and from the confluence of the Bitterroot River to the confluence of the Flathead River is under a Hoot Owl restriction. Fishing is prohibited from 2pm to midnight. 

There is also a special emergency closure in effect at the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek and its confluence with the Clark Fork – the water within a 100 yard radius of the creek confluence is closed for fishing to protect bull trout. The same closure is now in effect for Fish Creek also. 

Tricos are happening in earnest on the Clark Fork right now. We’re seeing pods of sipping fish rising to small spinners and duns on a regular basis. Pink and peach hoppers and Plan B’s are still attracting fish as well, especially on the twitch. Run a long dropper off your dry fly (think three or four feet) to target fish sitting low on clear, hot days.

*Two trees down between Clinton-Turah that are blocking an entire channel.  We do not especially recommend floating this section as it will require some dragging to get around.

7 Day Outlook:

A hot Labor Day weekend ahead looks like the last bit of summer before temperatures cool off on Thursday. Be patient, respect the Hoot Owl restriction, and remember the best of fall fishing is still ahead of us. Next weekend’s temperatures look fantastic, and some cloud cover might start bringing more bugs to the river.

Need a thermometer? Come see us in the shop or buy one online!

Our Recommendations for the Best Techniques and Patterns:

Be prepared to run a couple of different setups depending on what you see on the water. Sipping fish will often be hitting size 20-22 Tricos like the Polywing, Parachute, Indicator Spinner, and CDC Spinner Trico, so fish these on longer 5-5.5x tippet. Otherwise, a Plan B, hopper, or ant pattern with an occasional twitch will be your go-to option for dry flies. The Ant Acid, Parachute Ant, Jake’s No Sink Ant, or a beetle will be good bets.

Olive Perdigons, TJ Hookers, Spanish Bullets, 20 Inchers, Crayfish, and Mic Drop Olives are all great patterns to fish as droppers this time of year. Don’t just stick to the banks – fish like cool, moving water right now.

Nymphing can produce when fish are holding deeper on warm, bright days. Try Girdle BugsTJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8. The Lightning Bug, Jig PT, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon nymphs in #12-14 should be productive as well.

Streamer prospecting is still good in deeper water on the Clark Fork. Throw Sparkle Minnows, Kreelexes, Mini Dungeons, and Thin Mints/Buggers in deeper, cold currents to get them down to fish. Warmer water means it’s also a good time to break out the pike rod if that’s your style.

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YNP Fishing Report by Jimmy’s Fly Shop (September 6, 2022)

Upper Meadow Slough Creek

The Northeast Entrance Road remains close to vehicular traffic from the Slough Creek campground turn-off to the northeast entrance. This means fishing Soda Butte Creek and Lamar River in its meadow reach and Trout Lake can be approached only through hiking and bicycling. Slough Creek’s upper meadows offer excellent fly fishing because of terrestrial insect activity, but great alternatives are the Fall River Basin streams which have very similar meadow reaches offering the same terrestrial insect activity and AM trico activity.

Bighorn River Fishing Report by Bighorn Angler (August 27, 2022)

–No new report–
Things are getting weird these days on the Horn!
Black and Tan Caddis have kept fish looking up. The nymphing has been good with PMD and Caddis Pupa. Don’t get out too early, the fish are sleeping in most days! The river remains in great shape with water temps in the mid to high 50s.

Missouri River Fishing Report via The River’s Edge (September 6, 2022)

4070 CFS @ Holter – September can bring some great fishing on the Mo, but we haven’t seen that yet. It is still fairly slow and weedy right now. Try throwing some terrestrial dry flies as nymphing and streamer fishing will be more difficult to keep the vegetation off. Hopefully in the next week or two the river will start to perform better.


Morrish Hopper Tan #12
Charlie Boy Hopper Tan #12
Fire Beetle #14
Waterwalker Pink #16
Royal Wulff #12

Canyon Ferry Fishing Report via FWP (September 6, 2022)

Walleye and an occasional perch are being caught in 15-18 feet of water between Chinamen’s and Court Sheriff, around Duck Creek and between Pond 4 and Pond 3, including the river channel. The best action has been while using bottom-bouncers with silver, purple or red spinner blades tipped with either a worm or leech or on crankbaits.  A few rainbows are being caught in 30 feet of water between White Earth and Round Top on bottom bouncers or yellow or green crankbaits.  Shore fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Fort Peck Marina (August 27, 2022)

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