Other Waters

August 20, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 20, 2017

Beaverhead- The Lower Beaverhead from Anderson Lane to the confluence with the Big Hole River has a Hoot Owl Closure as of 7-19-17, this section will be closed from 2pm until midnight. The fishing above here will be best early in the morning. Bring some caddis and PMD's.

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: The Clark Fork is in great shape, fish are looking up and eating terrestrials and attractor dries. A dry dropper rig is a great bet to get into a few fish. The blackfoot is in good shape as well as the bitterroot. The fish are looking up and willing to eat attractors. You will see some caddis over this way as well. Rock creek is also fishing well with attractor dries. Smaller chubbies trailed by a big pheasant tail or prince nymph will get you into fish.

Ruby Reservoir-  Running an indicator with a chironomid and a balanced leech below that should produce fish along the shore and near the inlet.

Canyon Ferry - The shore fishing has gotten tougher. The north end will be your best bet for cruising rainbows.  Leeches, chironomids, and buggers are your best bet, either underneath an indicator or slow stripped. A flash back pheasant tail is also a good option. Fishing for Carp is still pretty productive.

Hauser/Holter - The fishing between the lakes has been hit or miss.  But throw on some split shot, and give it a go with scuds, eggs, and hot bead patterns. The fish are there just work the likely holding areas.

Dailey Lake- Fishing has been good on the wind free days. Work leeches, buggers, chironomids.

Hyalite- The evening dry fly fishing on the lake is worth the drive out of town. Caddis, Spruce Moths and stimulators are the flies to have for fishing after dinner till dark.

Cliff and Wade -  The callabaetis have been starting over here but have not been consistent yet. Your normal lake rig with an indicator, leech, and chironomid will work. 

Quake Lake - Quake lake is back in good shape and fishing well. Work with your standard still water rigs under the indicator or get out and chuck some streamers up against those deep dark dead trees. 

Clark Canyon - The lake should be fishing well around the inlets. The nymph rig with a leach and chironomids is a good place to start. A flashback pheasant tail is also a good option. On days when the nymphing is slow, it is worth throwing a streamer such as a big wooly bugger or a circus penut around the inlets.  

Hebgen- Hebgen has been fishing pretty well. The callabaetis are around and fish are looking for them. Guys are doing well fishing the inlets slow stipping leeches.  We've also had reports of guys doing well deeper, dropping Chironomids down in the 20 foot range.

Harrison Lake - When the winds not blowing the fishing has been good.  Chironomids dropped down to 18 feet of water under an indicator has been the best but guys have been picking up cruising fish along the point of the arm with crayfish, chironomids, and leech patterns.

Ennis Lake - We're starting to see some adult callibaetis come off the lake but winds haven't been ideal for the hatch.  Chironomids have been working in the 15 to 20 foot range as well as leech patterns.  Fishing the dam arm of the lake can also be productive along the cliffs with crayfish and leech patterns.

Ponds Around Town - The ponds around town fish well throughout the year.  There are good size bass in Bozeman Rec Area Pond, fishing big yellow streamers is usually your best bet.  Throw some small buggers around on the mall pond and you never know what you'll catch.  Davis pond has blue gills and big rainbows in it.  Stripping a leech nice and slow or under an indicator is your best bet for targeting the rainbows.  Stripping small bright streamers will catch the blue gills in there. Small dry flies such as ants and beetles can pick up blue gills as well. Especially in the evening. These ponds are a great way to get yound anglers in the game.

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