Other Waters

June 20, 2018

Fishing Conditions

June 20, 2018

Beaverhead- The river is open! Flows are good, and the reports have been good from that area, so nymph it hard and hold on tight! Scuds and worms are always a good bet over this way, but don't be afraid to swing a small streamer around too. 

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: Blackfoot and Bitterfoot are still high and there are better options around. However If you do head this way try fishing the banks/softer water with dark streamers and big nymphs. The Clark Fork is unfishable for awhile longer. Rock Creek is starting to see salmon flies throughout the entire river. The river is rather high so be very careful wading but there is still lots of shore fishing to be had. Floats on Rock Creek should be left to experienced oarsmen. With this warm weather the hatch will move quickly, so get out there soon cause it will be over fast.

Ruby Reservoir- The lake is open, but there have been no reports of how the fishing is.

Canyon Ferry - The entire south end of the lake is dirty from the inflow. This water has made it to around the Silos. The north end of the lake has a few more days of clean water. Carp are thick and feeding heavily in the shallows. Clouser and deaddrift crayfish were the hot flies yesterday. Try blind casting these flies with a slow strip if you aren't seeing any fish. If you do find tailing carp, let your flies sink in front of the feeding carp, and wait for them to suck them up. 

Hauser/Holter - Ice free and has good color still. This may change next week as we begin to experience more run-off.

Dailey Lake-No Reports 

Hyalite- Open and fishing well.  Putting a leech or bugger witn a choronomid trailer under a bobber near the points could pick up some fish.  The creek will produce using any shiny beadhead like a nymphicator or copper john.


Cliff and Wade -  Cliff and Wade are open and fishing well. Balanced leeches and streamers have been the best way to pick up fish. If you are not catching fish, do not be afraid to move to a new location on the lake. 

Quake Lake - Quake lake is open and fishing is good. Try streamers worked tight to the dead trees and off the drop offs.

Clark Canyon - No Reports

Hebgen- This is a great time to be on the lake  when the fish are high in the water and in near shorelines. Early mornings and late evenings will offer some dry fly fishing. There are Alder flies, a big lake midge, and the first mayflies are appearing. The middle of the day is sub-surface. A Chironomid and a leech under an indicator is one way to fish the middle of the day. A more active way is to strip a streamer on a good wind-drift. 

Harrison Lake - Harrison is in good shape and fishing well. Leeches and chironomids will find a few fish about 8 feet under the indicator. There have also been large midges hatching and fish are up eating them in the mornings. Hitting the lake early or late is paying off with eager and hungry trout. 


Ennis Lake - The lake is fishing but clarity can be varible caused by the dirty water coming in from the Upper Madison. Hopefully it will begin to settle out soon.


Ponds Around Town - Bass and bluegill fishing is heating up here in town. The bass are in the early stages of the spawn with some actively protecting their beds from hungry bluegill. Now is a great time to throw streamers or poppers for aggressive largemouth up in the shallows. The mall pond and Bozeman beach are both good places to start but dont be afraid to try other small ponds throughout the area. 


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