Statewide MT Fishing Report Compilation 6.5.24
By angelamontana

Posted: June 6, 2024

Before diving into the fishing report, check out this article that explains the difference between anglers and fishermen.

Please check the fishing regulations before fishing.

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Holter Reservoir Fishing Report by FWP (June 3, 2024)

The walleye bite continues to be good inside the Canyon near the Gates of the Mountains, around Cottonwood Creek, and other points and weed beds on the lower end of the reservoir while vertical jigging with leeches. Rainbow fishing continues to be great throughout the reservoir while trolling deep running crankbaits or cowbells and spinner combos tipped with crawlers. Power Bait, nightcrawlers, and various spinners and spoons are working well for rainbows from shore. A few perch are being caught while pitching jigs and crawlers around the boat ramp docks from Log Gulch to the BLM campground, in Cottonwood Creek Bay, and around the Oxbow Bend area.   Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Jefferson River Fishing info by Fins and Feathers (June 4, 2024)

The Jefferson River in Montana is a beautiful, Cottonwood-lined stream that is often overlooked due to lower fish populations. Only a half hour from Bozeman, MT, and home to some of the larger trout in the area, this river has certain windows through the year where the angling can be good, typically spring and fall. The Jefferson River is a good option during the spring as long as it isn’t too dirty.

The river is coming up in flows and a bit off color.

It is pretty typical to only hook into a handful of trout on the Jefferson and anglers can normally expect it to be pretty tough as the river is deep and the fish can be spread out. The fish here hold deep and become lethargic, not moving far for their food. When the weather warms, you can find some decent fishing, it is normally due to being in the right place at the right time. The Lewis & Clark Canyon near Cardwell, MT, provides some of the better fishing with the Boulder and South Boulder rivers entering on this stretch. If you are in the area, it is worth fly fishing with nymphs or streamers. Effective patterns include San Juan worms, Zebra Midge Larvae, and Zirdles, fished under an indicator.

The river is open of ice and slush at the moment but is a bit off-color from all of the low-elevation snow melting. Look at some of our other Montana Fishing Reports to see how other areas are producing.

Hell Creek General Recreation Information (June 5, 2024)

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Flathead Lake from the Docks Report (June 3, 2024)

We have been doing great with spoons north of Lakeside.
Kamalooper-gold and yellow, gold red and white.
little chleo-silver and chartreuse, silver and orange.
wonder lure-yellow with red diamonds, chartreuse, red and white.

Gallatin River Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (June 4, 2024)

Fly fishing Montana’s Gallatin River is one of the best options throughout the spring season. Being the closest blue-ribbon stream to Bozeman, MT, the Gallatin River offers many Montana anglers year-long fishing opportunities.

The river increased in flows and is very off-color as of right now. There are better options in the area.

Fly fishing has been best from Cameron Bridge FAS to Big Sky, MT, and the Canyon stretch provides good protection from windy conditions. Wild Montana fish are most actively feeding mid-day, when the Sun is at its highest points so no need to get up too early. It is a good idea to contact a local Bozeman fly shop for the most current info regarding stream conditions.

Using nymph imitations throughout the Gallatin Canyon towards Big Sky, MT is the most effective method of angling. Anglers are finding success using Montana staples like the Prince Nymph, Pat’s Rubberleg, or Copper Johns. Drive south out of Gallatin Gateway, MT, and look for turnouts that provide easy access to water that is deep and moves slowly, these areas are stacked with wild Rainbow and Brown Trout right now. Be extra careful when wading around these large boulders especially when there is snow. Our Bozeman, MT fly fishing guides have found that purple worm patterns and black stoneflies have been greatly effective.

Fly fishing with streamers has been decent, especially on low-light days. Small olive or black patterns like a McCune’s Sculpin or a Crystal Bugger are getting attention.

Fly fishing Yellowstone Park is closed for the season so make sure you are outside of park boundaries if you head this way. It is always a good idea to stop by fly shops in Bozeman, MT for some info and flies before heading out on the water.

You can get an idea of the water conditions in the Big Sky area by viewing this webcam, hosted by our friends at Montana Whitewater.

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Bozeman Fly Supply (June 2, 2024)

Early spring is go time on the Yellowstone but as we warm and get moisture the water has and will continue to pick up color. Streamer fishing can move some really big fish this time of the year so don’t be afraid to go big with a Sluggo, Dragon, Dungeon or a Hum Dinger. Nymph rigs are a consistent way to boat some fish as well, worms, zirdles, hares ears, and flashy euro nymphs are our spring favorites on the Yellowstone. On warmer overcast days watch for bugs and rising fish, this time of the year fishing Baetis, Midges, and Caddis flies should be good options.

*Pay attention to flows. Seasonal conditions can make wading unsafe so be cautious when heading to the river.*

Suggested Fly Patterns

  • Dry Fly

    Parachute Adams (16-20), Purple Haze (16-18), Griffiths Gnat (16-20), Buzz Ball (14-16), Corn fed Caddis (14-16), X-Caddis (14-16)

  • Streamer

    Woolly Bugger (4-12), Mini Dungeon Black/ Olive/ Natural (6), Montana Intruder (4), Sparkle Minnow JJ’s, Silver (4-8), Double Gonga Black/Rainbow (4), Sculpzilla Black/ White/ Natural (4-8)

  • Nymph

    Pat’s Rubber Legs (6-12), Zirdle Bug (6-12), Woolly Bugger Black/ Olive (4-12), Perdigon (14-18), Pheasant Tail (10-18), Jigster Baetis (14-18), Prince Nymph (10-18), BH Hare’s Ear (12-18), Sizzlin’ Hot Spot Squirrel (14-16), Matt’s Shagadelic Mop Tan/ Brown/ Green/ Cheeto (10), Hare’s Ear (14-18), Dirty Bird (12-16)

Georgetown Lake Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters (June 5, 2024)

3/5

Georgetown lake is finally open! (The South and East shore line is still closed until July 1st). The lake is also ice free and a little muddy. Look for fish in the shallows as they cruise the shore lines.

Here are a few tips for fly fishing Georgetown Lake:

1. A balanced leech stripped or under an indicator is the best method right now.
2. Small damsel patterns and chironomids are also effective.
3. Cover water and be methodical and you’ll catch fish!

Here are a few fly suggestions:

1. Black balanced leech

2. Damsel nymph

3. Maroon balanced leech

4. Ice cream cone head chironomid

Looking ahead:

This is one of the best times to be out on Georgetown! Get out there!

Ashley Lake and Little Bitterroot Fishing Reports (June 5, 2024)

the kokanee in ashley are very plentiful, but only around 8 inches.
Little bitteroot is good fishing at sunrise and sunset, slow in the middle of the day average size is 11 inches

Southwest Montana Fishing Overview by Montana Angler (May 28, 2024)

We are officially in late spring and early summer mode here in southwest Montana. That means our tailwater fisheries like the Upper Madison and Missouri Rivers and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks are the go-to options for anglers for the next few weeks. The Yellowstone River is most likely in snowmelt runoff mode as our temps this week will remain high enough to push the river into runoff for good. With flows at 6000 CFS it is still a good flow for fishing, but with the warm temps early this week it may be high and muddy till mid or late June.

Hatches

On the Madison and Missouri caddis can hatch in abundance

Fly Selection

  • Pat’s Rubber Leg’s in sizes 8-16
  • Zirdles in sizes 8-16
  • Any beadhead rubber legged stonefly pattern in size 8-16
  • Beadhead PTs in sizes 14-18
  • Beadhead Hare’s Ear in size 14-18
  • Beadhead Rainbow Warrior in size 14-18
  • Any favorite scud, sowbug, or firebead in size 14-20
  • Caddis dry flies in sizes 12 to 16

For dry flies a selection of caddis patterns will be crucial. Crime scene caddis and Blooms Hi-Vis are great choices right now.

Streamers, whether stripped or dragged through deeper holes, can produce fish. Go with your favorite choice. Or, if you haven’t yet fished a Circus Peanut, Sparkle Minnow, or Sculpzilla, those are all good choices for this time of year.

Reading Water

During snowmelt runoff reading water is different than any other season in Montana because each river has their own habits. For example, trout on the Upper Madison often migrate closer to bankside structure while Missouri River trout often feed in large current seams that can be originating from bankside structure or midriver structure. On the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers, because these are feed by mountain snowpack and often will be too high and muddy to effectively fish.

Cooney State Park Information via FWP (June 5, 2024)

Canyon Ferry Update (June 1, 2024)

Spring meadow has great large mouth bass fishing.
I caught 15 or more in about an hour the other day.
And a couple bluegill.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report by Yellowdog Fly Fishing (June 5, 2024)

Flow Data: Missouri River below Holter Dam near Wolf Creek, MT

The Missouri is fishing really well once again. The weather in Craig is looking hot this week with highs near 90 degrees through the weekend. Caddis are in the canyon and below and fish are feeding on them. Cornfed Caddis or Missing link caddis are a few of my favorites for the caddis munching trout. PMD’s have started hatching sporadicly but fish have been keying in on them. PMD last chance cripple. PMD CDC Comparadun, Hi-vis rusty spinner are all great options. The spinner falls will improve as the hatch progresses. The beginning of the hatch has some big bugs so an angler can fish a size #14 or #16. Scuds, sowbugs, worms and PMD nymphs are the aquatic bug imitations to use right now. Tailwater Sowbugs, Pill Poppers, Olive Micro May’s, and Olive Two Bit Hooker are a few of our favorite Missouri Nymphs. The Tailwater flies have started producing less fish as PMD nymphs and caddis pupa have become the main subsurface fare for trout. Perdigons have been working great. The streamer fishing has been picking up. Kreelex, Sparkle Minnows and Skiddish Smolts produce well in the Spring. PMD’s coming soon! Maybe next week with the current forecast.

Hell Creek Marina Fishing Report (May 14, 2024)

–No new report–
May 14 fishing report:
Walleye bite is picking up, still best west of Timber Creek. They’re starting to catch some walleye closer to the marina.
Northern bite is good up in the bays from Hell Creek going west.
Laker bite is still good, but the water is starting to warm up, so they will start going deeper soon.

Chancy and Dave’s Fish Camp Fishing Report (June 5, 2024)

🔹 Bitterroot Lake- Good numbers of salmon. Try south end trolling 30’ down or jigging Hali jigs or pimples. Orange and pink colors have been good.
🔹 Ashley Lake- lots of small salmon jigging 50-60’ of water. Try north end area. Look for the weed beds for perch. Troll shoreline for trout with flickershads and Rapala’s.
🔹 Rodgers Lake- Still great grayling fishing, also a few nice cutts.
🔹 Smith Lake- Lots of small pike and a few perch.
🔹 Middle Thompson- Good salmon trolling 10-20’ down with small dodgers and micro squids.
🔹 Lower Thompson- Good pike, bass and salmon.
🔹 Flathead Lake- Excellent lake trout trolling shallow with perch scatterraps. Try Lakeside area to West Shore or Delta area.
🔹 Swan Lake- Goid pike action on the south end weed beds dead bait fishing.

Flathead Valley Fishing Report by Snappy’s Sport Senter (May 24, 2024)

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    • Flathead Lake – Trolling for lakers has been good with Rapala Scatter Raps up shallow. Warrior Spoons, jigging in about 70-80 off the delta has been good as well.
    • Echo Lake – Smallmouth are biting well using soft plastics. A few Largemouth showing up around docks as well.
    • Lake Koocanusa – Still a few Kokanee being caught by Rexford. Bull trout fishing has been good in 40′-60′ using flatfish.
    • Church Slough – Pike are biting well using dead bait or spinners. A few pan fish showing up too.
    • Thompson Lakes – A few pike have been caught around fallen trees. Reports of lots of perch biting on small jigs.
    • Flathead River – Flows are leveling around 16000 cfs and water clarity is getting better. Be careful if you are going to try to hit the river.
    • Swan Lake – Still picking up some pike around the inlet and south end; try using cranks or jerk baits.
    • Murray Lake – A few rainbows being picked up off the shore. Try using small spoons or Powerbait to increase your odds.
    • Smith Lake – Small pike are still biting with dead bait and spinnerbaits being the best options.

Bozeman Fishing Reports by Fins and Feathers (June 4, 2024)

The weather this spring has allowed for some decent fishing opportunities when local rivers are on the drop. This is all unpredictable but for now, enjoy the cooler weather slowing our runoff, it will only help us further into the summer.

The Madison River fishing has been solid near Three Dollar Bridge and Raynolds Bridge FAS, about 40 minutes south of Ennis, MT. Using nymphs like Pat’s Rubberlegs, San Juan Worms, Spanish Bullets, and Zebra Midges have been hot sub-surface. The dry fly fishing is getting better each day with the emergence of the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch.

Missouri River fishing has been really good near Holter Dam, near Craig, MT. This area provides a healthy population of Rainbow and Brown trout that feed on sowbugs, scuds, midges, and small mayflies. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides say that pink and red are the best colors.

The Gallatin River fly fishing has been good through the Canyon, north of Big Sky, MT. This national forest area provides a lot of access to deep holes and slow-moving runs where trout will hold. Stoneflies, worms, and Midges are the golden ticket when fishing the Gallatin River. The river has a nice color to it through the canyon with a few feet of visibility, this is a good option when trying to avoid the wind.

Yellowstone River fishing is getting better every day as temperatures warm. The flows have dropped and the river is in a good condition to fish before our runoff prevails. Find a day with low wind and head over to the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT. Fishing with nymphs that imitate Stoneflies, Midge Larvae, and Caddis are effective. This is a good time to fish with streamers as well, smaller sculpin imitations can catch some larger trout.

Hauser Reservoir Fishing Report (June 3, 2024)

A few rainbows are being caught from shore near Riverside Campground below Canyon Ferry Dam, around the York Bridge area, and near Black Sandy while using nightcrawlers, Mepps spinners, leech patterns, or Power Bait. Trolling cowbells and spinner combos tipped with crawlers or bright-colored crankbaits between White Sandy and the dam is also producing a few rainbows. A few walleyes are being picked up in Lake Helena while trolling various crankbaits or bottom bouncers with perch-colored spinner blades tipped with crawlers or leeches and in the Causeway Arm while pitching various jigs around points and weed beds in 15 to 25 feet of water.  Chris Hurley, FWP, Helena

Kootenai River Fishing Report by Linehan Outfitting (May 26, 2024)

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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The Spring Creek in Paradise Valley have continued to be a great option this time of year. With the Yellowstone being high, it is nice to be able to fish smaller flies in clear water. Dry fly action is picking up. Smaller PMDs and caddis dries have been picking up fish. Don’t be afraid to start with 5x, especially on sunny days!

GO-TO FLIES:

-EZ Caddis Tan #16
-Pheasant Tail #18
-PMD Thorax #18
-Rootbeer Float PMD #16
-BH Hale Bopp Leech Olive #10

Bighorn River Fishing Report via Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 5, 2024)

Flow Data: Bighorn River near St. Xaiver, MT

The Bighorn is fishing decently well but not yet great. Nymphing is the best and most consistent option and has been really good some days but slow the next. There have been a few BWO’s hatching and fish slurping them down on the surface when it is calm and cloudy. Fish have been picky so a good first drift is imperative. Flies to use to trick these risers include but are not limited to the Quill Gordon BWO and BWO CDC Biot Comparadun. Scuds, sowbugs, worms, and midges are Bighorn spring fare to imitate. Fish have been eating BWO and PMD nymphs a bit as well. The Pheasant Tail nymph is an excellent option for the mayfly nymph eating trout. Ray Charles, Pill Poppers, Tailwater sowbugs are great choices followed by a Manhattan midge or Zebra Midge. You can nearly always count on a Wire Worm or a Squirmy Worm to trick a few trout. Small streamers swung or fished deep and slow can pick up fish as well. Streamer fishing has been relatively slow overall. Rainbows are spawning so watch out for and avoid their spawning redds.

Upper Madison River Fishing Report by River’s Edge (June 4, 2024)

1710 CFS @ Kirby – The Upper Madison has been fishing decent. It is currently on the rise and should be muddy below the west fork for the foreseeable future. If you fish the mud, nymph a large stonefly or strip a small streamer for the most action. If you do make the drive above the west fork, nymphing caddis or PMD can be productive.

GO-TO FLIES:

-Girdle Bug Camo #8
-Tungsten Wonder Nymph PMD #16
-Mangy Caddis Olive #16
-JR’s CH Streamer Olive/White #6
-San Juan Worm Red #10

Tongue River Reservoir State Park 

Headhunters Fly Shop Missouri River Fishing Forecast (June 3, 2024)

Monday Morning Missouri River Fishing Report

Flows 6K.

Water Temps 54F

Spoke with Tyler Stremcha at BOR this am. Says we have not seen all the high elevation snow come off yet. Still freezing in high elevations at night. Run-off occurs when night time temps do not fall below 45F. Flows below Holter should be about 6K for a while. How long? Don’t know, a while. If we have a hot spell, or a rain storm analogous to the previous 2″ raining like cats and dogs event, then the water will push through the system. That is how we could see flows above ve the current 6K range. Levels could increase to 7-8K if that rain and/or hot weather event occur. Monthly Water Report from BOR coming later this week. Of course ,will disseminate to you the blog and fishing report reader upon delivery.

Inflows at Toston 7600 cfs. Outflows at 5916 cfs. Lake levels 92.3% full. 4 feet to full pool.

PMD’s: Arrived at 52F. Some misinformation about there about the trigger mechanisms for insect emergences. Water temps are how insects are triggered. Not flow levels. Below average flows at this moment, do not push the time table forward, of insects. Insects do not care what the water levels are. Nope. Angle of sun, and water temps are the triggers for bugs. Not water level.  Localize hatches so far. The bugs take about a week to get rolling strong. The fish start really eating them at this point. But, good reports of PMD success. They are true. Not all day, not great spinner falls yet, as the numbers will increase as we move through the month. Soon, you can set your watch to the spinner fall clock!

Cripples are king. Early on the cripple and/or dun will work. A short window for the dun. A fun period! 14’s will get that big brown to move a bit of rthe fly. The fish are dumb with eh PKD on the early side of the hatch. As easy as dry fly fishing get on the front end. As difficult as they get on the back end. Spinners, cripples,a dn mergers are the primary patterns we use for success here fishing Montana’s Missouri River. 14’s are perfect for the front end. Ephemerella inermis, recently changed to Ephemeralla excrucians, as well as the larger of the two the Ephemeralla dorothea infrequens. Those are the two we see most often here on the Mo.

Check out TroutNut.com for more info on mayflies.

Caddis are in the canyon reach and below. Tan and brown. Trichoptera Hydropyche and Trichoptera Brachycentrus occidentalis are the primary for us this time of year. We used to have a few Trichoptera Brachycentrus americanus (green bodied) and certainly more widespread across American than the occidentalis.

The fish are liking of course the X Caddis, Translucent Emerger or Pupa, Corn Fed always popular, and chopped down higher floating caddis representations. We have great caddis patterns that not all are fishing. Come check out the Best Flies Under the Big Sky @ Headhunters of Craig Montana. Open 7-7!

Midges? Take the back burner as we move into the mayfly bonanza in the moths ahead. Always present in some manner as. there are lots and lots of species of midge here on the Missouri River.

Trico’s? One month. July 1st, if not a bit sooner? Or some years, a bit later. Water temps drive insect emergences, not higher or lower flows.

Grasshoppers? July and beyond.

Nymphers loving the PMD nymph. Popular ones include the Frenchie, and the Split Back. Two Bits, LGM, Micro May, S & M’s, all the Euro stuff of course, Miracle Bugs, narrow bodied brown mayfly nymphs…

Nymphers all over the board on depths. The rule is, if it ain’t working, change it. Change depth, change location, the bottom line is “change”.

Streamer guys getting them on flashy. Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow, Goldie, Skiddish Smolts in town olive and original, Shock and Awe, Kreelex, Dali Llama white and chartreuse, Barely Legal Brown and Yellow, Sculpin Clouser Minnow…

Swingers? A month ahead of swinging soft hackles of the PMD variety on Scandi lines. Oh, man. That is fun stuff!

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See you in downtown Craig Montana.

Gallatin River Fishing Report by Montana Angler (June 3, 2024)

Current Conditions:

The Gallatin River is running high and muddy to start the week. For anglers that know it well and are very strong waders and care more about fishing than safety, could work hard and find some fish right now. But, wading is treacherous and not advised until flows drop some. With the clarity on the Upper Madison being very good right now, there are some better options than the Gallatin at the moment. If you do go fish on the Gallatin River right now, please go with a buddy and be safe.

Check our Lower Madison or Upper Madison or Missouri River report for some other options in the Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park area during snowmelt runoff.

The Month Ahead:

Runoff will start in earnest on the Gallatin very soon. But the Gallatin River often fishes through runoff. It is being safe that is the most important concern when the river runs high and cold.

Bighorn River Fishing Report via Fins and Feathers (June 4, 2024)

3/5

The Big Horn River near Fort Smith, MT, is some of the best fly fishing in the state. The tailwater provides an extremely healthy trout population that offers Montana anglers opportunities throughout the year and is a prime option during spring, as temperatures here are typically much milder versus the Bozeman area.

The Bighorn is fishing well, especially while wading. Nymphing has been very good as flows are around 4500 CFS and water temps still cold. The best flies have been with your typical springtime flies like an HB Ray Charles #16, tan Carpet Bugs, and pink Jellybeans fished about 5 ft under an indicator. PMD nymphs should start to become more of a focus for the fish as well.

Fly fishing with streamers has been hit or miss, mainly depending on the conditions. Some anglers are finding success with white or two-tone flies like a Barley Legal. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides have found that using a sinking tip line and making medium-length strips has been best.

Make sure you stop by some of the fly shops in Fort Smith, MT like the Bighorn Angler and the Bighorn Trout Shop to get the latest information and conditions regarding the river.

Castle Rock Fishing Lure Report (June 5, 2024)

Kits tackle glass minnow with a night crawler or gulp minnow

Canyon Ferry Fishing Report by FWP (June 3, 2024)

Walleye action continues to be good while using bottom bouncers with green spinner blades with worms or leeches in 20 to 25 feet of water around Ponds 2 and 3, Silos and out from Hole in the Wall.  Rainbow fishing has improved from both shore and boat.  Shore anglers are finding rainbows around White Earth, the Outhouse and Shannon while boat anglers are catching rainbows around Cemetary Island, the Outhouse and Hole in the Wall on spinners or cowbells. Carp are providing great action while fishing from shore and boat with worms and can be caught with the same walleye and rainbow gear or by bow fishing.  Troy Humphrey, FWP, Helena

Spring Creeks Fishing Report via Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 5, 2024)

The Spring creeks have been fishing well and will be an excellent option around Livingston with the Yellowstone currently a muddy mess. If the wind is low, expect to see fish rising to midges and BWO’s. PMD’s have started hatching in the late in the afternoon. The bugs are sparse but fish are will to rise on them. If you find fish rising to midges in the mornings they will likely take a Peacock Cluster, Miracle Midge, or Griffith’s Gnat with a good drift and presentation. If these patterns are not working a Slick Midge or Smoke Jumper will be the answer. There are a few BWO’s on the water in the afternoons and fish rising to them. A 401k Baetis or Stealth Link have successfully tricked these picky Spring Creek trout. When fish are rising to PMD’s a CDC Emerger in #18 or a PMD Film Critic have worked great. Fish have been picky so a long leader with a good drift is imperative. Small scuds, sowbugs, and midges work well under a dry fly or under an indicator this time of the year. Any midge nymph with a white or flashy wing such as the Manhattan Midge seems to get a but more attention than other patterns. BWO nymphs and emergers will be in play once again. Nymphing will be pretty consistent in the event that the trout do not want to cooperate and eat bugs from the surface.

Yellowstone River Fishing Report by Yellow Dog Fly Fishing (June 5, 2024)

*Flow Data: Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT

The Yellowstone continues on an upward trend and flows increased by 4,000 cfs last night. It will likely be a while until it is fishing again with warm weather in the forecast. Once the water starts dropping and clearing streamers, stonefly nymphs, and worms will be the way to go.

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