Seems like the BWO or streamer theme applies to a lot of places, southwestern Montana included. Browns are migrating in the Madison, Ruby, Beaverhead, Big Hole, Gallatin, Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, so streamers are the choice here. Want to try for REALLY BIG browns? Wade Lake produced the Montana state record (twenty-nine pounds and change) and near record browns. Get those streamers down deep here. Other great still waters for big browns are Clark Canyon Reservoir, Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake, and Smith Lake. If you prefer top water fishing, the BWOs are abundant on nearly all rivers.
Time to begin thinking brown trout! Whether you fish the Madison, Beaverhead, Big Hole, Gallatin, or Ruby, the browns are stocking up for upcoming spawning season. Come in and see our stock of proven streamer patterns and also to get information on where the browns are active in southwestern Montana, western Wyoming or eastern Idaho.
It’s the time of year when action picks up in Elk, Cliff, Hidden and Wade lakes. Gulpers are still active in shallow waters, and big streamers on ultra fast sinking lines might bring a fish of the season from deeper waters. Clark Canyon offers streamer action in deeper waters and repsonses to midge pupa patterns under an indicator in shallows. The Beaverhead River is a bit spotty. Some gulpers remain active in Hebgen and Quake lakes. Streamer fishing is picking up on the Madison River from Slide Inn to Ennis.
Gulpers are diminishing in general, and so are spruce moths. Its time to start thinking streamers as browns will be active especially during evenings and early mornings. Look for action to pick up on lakes hosting browns. This means Hebgen Res., Quake Lake, Ennis Lake, Wade Lake, Smith Lake, and Clark Canyon Res.