Other Waters

June 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

June 23, 2017

Beaverhead- behind the dam can be a decent option until grasshopper where the water gets significantly more colored. Up behind the dam, try small pheasant tails, ray charles, and split case PMD nymphs. the name of the game is small and deep. There may be some PMD's on cloudy days as well or on sunny evenings. Black streamers fished low and slow beneath the willows can also pull the big browns out of hiding.

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: The clarkfork is still a little dirty but the rest of these rivers are coming into form. There should be some big bugs on the way and the fishing should continue to get better as we progress through the next few weeks. The salmon flies are done on rock creek but you can still get that residual bite. 

Ruby Reservoir- Haven't had a report this way but based on other lakes in the area 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. 

Hauser/Holter - Water is way up between the lakes, this should push fish to the edges and make it a little bit easier for guys fishing from the bank.  We haven't heard much for reports since the bump but lengthen your leaders, throw on some split shot, and give it a go with scuds, eggs, and hot bead patterns.

Dailey Lake- Waters open, leech, buggers, chironomids.

Hyalite-  The road is reopened and the fishing on the creek has been solid. Any big attractor dry and smaller beadhead nymph will get it done. Lightening bugs and wire worms are good places to start behind a yeager's 409 or a smaller chubby. Dont forget the creek is closed above the lake until july 15th. If you see someone fishing above there please politely ask them to leave. Let our native cutthroat and grayling spawn in peace.


Cliff and Wade -  Lakes are open, we haven't heard of any major hatches yet, you'll still see some midges out there.  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 is open and 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- Completely open, we've had a few good reports from Hebgen.  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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