June 29, 2007 Montana Fishing Roundup
This is a brief synopsis of fishing conditions and reports from select waters across the state. For more detailed information, contact a fly shop, bait store, or boat marina for the particular water. For detailed information on river flows, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mt/nwis/current?type=flow
The Fourth of July often signals the transition from the cooler days of early summer to the steady midsummer heat in Montana. This year appears to be no exception, and hot, dry weather lies ahead in the forecast. Keep yourself fishing longer by wearing lightweight, loose fitting clothing that gives protection from the sun. Lots of sunscreen on exposed skin, a large-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to protect your eyes, and you’ll be wearing everything you need to enjoy the fishing. Don’t forget lots of water, a few snacks, and you’ll be ready to go- hopefully the fish will be as well.
Some of the best fishing bets right now:
Big Hole River – Good dry fly fishing can be had as water levels drop. Take advantage of it while you can.
Bighorn Lake – One of the prettiest spots in Montana, and the walleye and smallmouth fishing is holding its own. Its likely to slow down soon, so get there while you can.
Clark Fork River – Great option for a little dry fly fishing at the end of the workday.
Hungry Horse Reservoir – Troll for open water cutthroats, or fish along the creek mouths for a unique experience in remote country.
Hyalite Reservoir – Good evening fishing on the small water body south of Bozeman with either fly or spinning tackle.
Missouri River (upper) – Excellent caddis and mayfly hatches have some big trout looking up.
Missouri River (lower) – Catfish time is here, and hot sunny weather should make the fishing even better.
Tiber Reservoir – If you can beat the wind, the walleye fishing has been worth the effort. Fish the mudlines.
Thompson River – Both the upper and lower Thompson are good bets for rainbow trout fishing right now.
Yellowstone River (upper) – Salmonflies have arrived, and the fishing has been excellent.