Walking the shoreline of Hebgen Lake to present streamers is still effective. So is fishing streamers in the river above the reservoir. Fishing on the Madison River below Quake is near where it should be thanks to the fix on Hebgen Dam.
A temporary fix has been put on Hebgen Dam, so fishing on the Madison below is improving and will continue to do so throughout the fall season barring more problems with flows out of the dam. Walking the shoreline around Hebgen Lake and presenting streamers and wooly bugger types has been productive.
Flow out of Hebgen Lake Dam dropped to over 1150 cfs giving a small break to the high flows that the Madison has been experiencing. These flows are continuing to drop fairly steady everyday as they are trying to fix the dam. Call the shop for updated flows.
Flows out of Hebgen Dam remain well over 3000 cfs, so we do not recommend the river below as a destination. Water level in Hebgen Lake is very low because of the situation at the dam. Look for still waters such as Elk Lake, Hidden Lake, Wade Lake and Cliff Lake to offer some great deep water streamer fishing soon.
Flows out of Hebgen Lake remain over 3000 cfs making for tough fishing on the Madison River below. This also has impacted the Hebgen Lake gulper activity which is about over anyway. On overcast days look for good BWO emergences on such as the South Fork of the Madison River, and the West Fork of the Madison River.
Flows out of Hebgen Dam have not reduced as repairs are not yet complete. We cannot recommend fishing the river from here to Ennis. Hebgen Lake has dropped a lot because of this impacting the gulper event. It is winding down, and so is the spruce moth hatch. As we get into autumn, streamer fishing will become the best way to find action.
Big news here is that trouble with head gates at Hebgen Dam has closed the door on fishing the Madison River downstream to Ennis temporarily. Flows as high as 3500 cfs rushed down the river causing minor flooding and erosion. The river will clear soon, and good fishing will return. Some gulpers are active on Hebgen Lake, and spruce moth patterns bring action on the Gallatin River and the West Fork of the Madison River