South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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South Western Montana

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Western Montana (Page 2)

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.


Southwestern Montana 7-25-15

There are now 13 “hoot owl” closures (no fishing 2PM to midnight) on western Montana streams. This closure is applied when in stream temperatures reach levels considered to be dangerous to resident salmonids.  To view closures, go to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks official web site.  Then go to Fishing and Waterbody Restrictions and Closures.


Southwestern Montana 7-11-15

We have word that Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has restricted daytime fishing on the Big Hole and Clark’s Fork of the Columbia and Jefferson Rivers. There are also restrictions on the lower Gallatin (mouth to Logan) and lower Madison(Black’s Ford downstream) because of warming waters. Check the Montana FWP Dept. web site for details.


Southwestern Montana 5-22-15

North shore of Hebgen Lake is fishing well for those presenting streamer and big woolly bugger patterns.  Try big stonefly nymphs and rubber leg patterns below Hebgen Dam. Some rainbows remain in the South Fork of the Madison River estuary, and they will take any streamer pattern you present.

Beaverhead River is low, but fishing is good. Try cranefly larva patterns, streamers and woolly buggers in deeper waters.

Red Rock Creek in Red Rock Lakes Wildlife Management Area is closed to fishing through June 15th in order to allow grayling to spawn with minimal human interference.