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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / South Western Montana (Page 4)

Southwest Montana 6-15-13

Fishing on the Madison River below Hebgen Lake is really shaping up. Big stoneflies are beginning to hatch early, caddisflies are giving great PM fishing and PMDs are emerging big time.  Streamers are working during low light conditions. And because  insect activity is beginning earlier than normal, crowds are down.

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Southwestern Montana 8-28-12

Gulpers are going on in Hebgen Reservoir. Most action is on the Madison Arm, but the South Fork Arm, with more protection from winds, also offers action. We  have reports that the river between Hebgen and Quake lakes is beginning to fish well as waters begin to cool.  Try caddis life cycle patterns, and switch to streamers when the sun goes down.

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Southwestern Montana 8-21-12

So far this season the gulpers on Hebgen Lake have been rather spotty in their activity. No one knows for sure why, but there are a lot of discussions out there on the subject.  The peak of activity is usually right about now.  Some good advise seems that moving around from location to location as the days go by can bring more success.

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Southwestern Montana 8-4-12

Presently Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Dept. has no plans for mandatory fishing closures other than those (2PM to midnight)  on the Dearborn, Smith and Sun rivers.  Best way to see closure details and if any new come into effect is to visit their web site then click on the Restrictions and Closures button.  Hebgen Lake gulpers are providing good morning action.

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Southwestern Montana 10-11-2011

Migrating browns make for the best streamer fishing here.  Best walk-in locations on the Madison River are between from Raynolds Bridge downstream,  between Quake and Hebgen lakes,  and in the river above Hebgen Lake to the Yellowstone Park boundary.  Browns are migrating to spawning areas in the Beaverhead  River. Float fishing is the best way to encounter these in the river below Clark Canyon Dam.  Wait a few weeks for the peak of brown trout migration  into the South Fork of the Madison River.

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