August 29, 2008 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 last official weekend of “summer” is here, but the fishing action is far from over. In fact, lower water temperatures resulting from the longer, colder nights will cause fishing action to pick up across much of the state. Enjoy the long weekend, and make sure to leave some time for fishing with family and friends. And even though big game and upland bird seasons are starting up soon, don’t put away your fishing rod just yet—as temperatures cool, some of the best, and most uncrowded fishing of the year is waiting in the weeks and months ahead.
Some of the best fishing bets right now:
Flathead Lake – The whitefish bite has been both on & off depending upon the day, but the laker fishing is still pretty good.
Hebgen Lake – If your looking for some technical fishing with small flies—give the gulpers on Hebgen a try.
High Mountain Lakes - Just beginning the prettiest time of year for a backpack trip, and there is no finer destination than a mountain lake. Get a topo map for the mountain range closest to home, and go exploring. Bring some ant flies and casting bubble or fly rod—ants are the fly of choice right now.
Lake Koocanusa: Watch for the kokanee salmon fishing to steadily improve over the next few weeks.
Madison River – Anglers concentrating on the upper river have done well with dry flies.
Nelson Reservoir – Walleye bite is starting to improve.
Noxon Rapids Reservoir - Watch for bass and pike fishing to pick up.
Rock Creek - One of the better options for some good trout fishing near Missoula lately
Stillwater River – Decent flows for this time of year have the fish on the feed. Dry flies, terrestrials, nymphs, and spinning gear have all been producing fish.
Yellowstone River (lower) – Both catfish and sauger are biting well right now.