South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Western Montana

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Southwestern Montana 8-12-17

For the Madison River, same as on the Henry’s Fork: expect best action during early in the day spinner falls and evening caddis activity. Terrestrial patterns along well vegetated banks will be you best bet during day time.  If you fish below the wade only section, whether you are wading or from a boat, expect interruptions from other boating anglers having accents or lingo from all corners of the world.


Southwestern Montana 7-28-17

Star of the show here remains AM gulper fishing on Hebgen Lake’s Madison Arm unless the wind comes up.  As with the Henry’s Fork, best times to be on the Madison River are early (spinner falls) and late (caddis activity) in the day.  West Fork of the Madison River offers great lightweight tackle fishing without the crowding experienced on icon waters.  Try caddis life cycle, traditional attractor and terrestrial insect patterns.


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 9-3-16

Several hoot owl stream restrictions have been lifted and part of the Yellowstone River has been re-opened to recreational use. Go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site for more information on these actions.


Southwestern Montana 8-23-16

Go to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks web site to get details on the Yellowstone River drainage closure. By clicking the fishing tab on the site home page, you can also get information about the on-going hoot owl closures in Montana.


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:


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


Southwestern Montana 4-30-16

We have more reports about good fishing between Hebgen and Quake Lakes. This time it is from folks using streamer patterns. Fishing should be good there until tributaries draining high country pour discolored water into the river.


Southwestern Montana 4-26-16

We have word that the Madison River between Quake and Hebgen Lakes is currently a great place for nymphing, and that the river around Reynolds Junction is producing in the same manner. So if the South Fork and the Henry’s Fork are not to your present liking, here is an alternative.