Southwestern Montana 6-3-17

NOTICE: As of May 15, 2017, all anglers fishing in Montana must purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass in addition to standard Fishing and Conservation Licenses. These passes will be available from all Montana License Agents as well as Montana FWP.  Cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

These passes are available at Jimmy’s.

Southwestern Montana 5-23-17

Post spawning rainbow trout are now in the South Fork of the Madison River estuary.  These fish range from around sixteen to over twenty inches and will attack any streamer or woolly bugger type pattern presented nearby. With time these fish will disperse into Hebgen Lake, but for the next several days they will offer good localized streamer fishing.

Southwestern Montana 8-2-16

Big draw here is Hebgen Lake gulper activity. The Madison Arm seems to offer the best action. All you need is wind-free periods. Mornings and evenings provide the best chances for these. Only “fly in the ointment” in getting there is the U. S. Highway 20 construction ongoing (into September) from Elk Creek Conoco to Island Park Village. Delays can be up to an hour, so plan accordingly.

Southwestern Montana 7-2-16

Here’s a notice recently given by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (Montana FW&P) of interest to all anglers. Hoot Owl closures are in effect from 2 PM to midnight on certain areas of the following Montana Rivers:

Beaverhead

Big Hole

Gallatin

Jefferson

Madison

Ruby

For details go to the Montana FW&P web site.