We have reports that the gulper action on Hebgen Lake has been somewhat spotty lately. Most of these reports come from folks fishing the Madison Arm, which usually offers the best during gulper season. But it is early in this season, so there is plenty of time for improvement. When we receive reports of better action, we will post them here.
Big stoneflies are emerging from the Madison River. Recently presenting big nymph patterns up to the Three Dollar Bridge area has been productive. That is changing now as adults are appearing. Look for them to be out in force between Quake and Hebgen Lakes soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hebgen Lake gulpers are on-going for the still water guy, and Madison River giant stonefly hatch on going for the moving water guy. Try Madison Arm for gulpers. Try between Quake and Hebgen lakes for giant stoneflies. Expect company at both locations.