Some of best fishing here is on the Beaverhead River where PMDs are coming off big time. Clark Canyon Res. is improving for fishing midge pupa under indicators, go to water 8-20 feet deep. The Madison River from Slide Inn to the West Fork is producing for those using rubberlegs. Midge pupa patterns under a strike indicator remain the best way to find action on Wade & Cliff lakes . Look for damselflies to begin soon on Smith Lake, the upper end of Elk Lake as well as shallows on Cliff & Wade Lakes.
Want a good still water experience? Try Reservoir Lake north and east of Clark Canyon Reservoir. Get out on the lake with your choice of boats or float boat and look for shallow water and weedy areas. Not a big body of water, it has a good population of brookies up to 14″ . They take damselfly nymph patterns, midge pupa and leech patterns with abandon. It’s a great place for action and to take an entry level person.
Best fishing we’ve heard of here is at Clark Canyon Reservoir. Midge pupa (pick your pattern)under an indicator on a floating line is working very well. Find the taking depth, twitch or retrieve your tight line, oh so slowly, and hang on!
General season opens this Saturday (tomorrow). We know that’s a fact because of all the Montana licenses we are selling! Hebgen Reservoir will be ice free, Clark Canyon is fishing well. We do not have information on Wade, Cliff & Elk lakes yet.
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.