Parks' Fly Shop fishing reports: yellowstone fishing reports and montana fishing reports

Fishing Report

This is our basic, just the facts Yellowstone country fishing report. This fishing report is organized first by jurisdiction (Yellowstone fishing reports followed by Montana fishing reports), then by river drainage, with the private lakes, spring creeks, and distant Montana waters in their own categories at the end. Small creeks in a given river drainage will be discussed under their parent drainage. If you have any specific questions, or want an up to the second report, give us a call. The links following some location names will take you to stream gauges (and in one case a webcam). Sudden spikes in streamflow usually mean muddy water.

Fishing report not updated often enough for your taste? Check out Walter's trip reports on his blog.

The Short and Sweet Version: Update November 2 (actually late evening on the first)

The Yellowstone Park season is now closed. On our last trip four days ago, Walter's client landed close to 50 trout including 25 brown trout over 14 inches on a half-day trip (hint hint, come late in the year next season). That's all in the rearview mirror, however, and opportunities are now limited to the Yellowstone River and the Paradise Valley spring creeks. Good midge and BWO hatches are possible on both the river and the creeks, but streamers and egg flies are also good choices for another couple weeks.

The Long and In-Depth Version

In YNP: Yellowstone inside YNP, Lamar, Gardner, Madison inside YNP, Snake, Gallatin inside YNP

In Montana: Yellowstone, Madison, Private Lakes, Spring Creeks, Other Montana Waters

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone River Drainage Inside YNP

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Yellowstone River Above the Lake and Lake to Falls

Yellowstone Lake Outlet

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Yellowstone River, Grand Canyon (Falls to Mouth of Lamar)

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Yellowstone River, Black Canyon (Mouth of Lamar to Gardiner)

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Yellowstone Drainage Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Yellowstone Drainage Lakes and Ponds

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

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Lamar River Drainage

Lamar River

Lower Lamar

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Soda Butte Creek

Silver Gate (Park Boundary)

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Slough Creek

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Trout Lake

Updated September 16

Nope.

Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.


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Gardner River Drainage

Gardner River Above Osprey Falls

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Gardner River, Osprey Falls to Boiling River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Gardner River, Boiling River to Yellowstone River

Just Below Boiling River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

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Madison River Drainage Inside YNP

Please note: this drainage is infested with New Zealand Mud Snails, an invasive species that poses a large threat to other river drainages in the region. Please clean your gear between fishing this drainage (especially the Firehole) and fishing elsewhere. This website includes information on how to effectively clean your gear.

Madison River in Yellowstone Park

Near West Yellowstone

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Firehole River

At Old Faithful, Lower River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Gibbon River

At Madison Junction

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Grebe & Wolf Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.


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Snake River Drainage

Snake River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Lewis River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Lewis and Shoshone Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.


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Gallatin River Drainage Inside YNP

Gallatin River

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.

Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed until next season.


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Montana

Yellowstone River Drainage

Yellowstone River, Gardiner to Carbella (Upper Yellowstone)

Yellowstone River Webcam, Corwin Springs Stream Gauge

Updated Nov 2

The window of consistent fishing is narrowing and narrowing, but provided the wind isn't howling and temperatures are in the high 40s or low 50s, early November can bring EXCELLENT midge and BWO hatches from 11:00-3:00 and reasonable shots at good fishing on streamers earlier and later in the day. Beware of spawning brown trout in areas of moderate current over gravel. Downstream of such areas in the deeper, bouldery runs and pools, both pre/post spawn browns and big rainbows will take egg patterns.

Yellowstone River, Carbella to Mayor's Landing (Paradise Valley and the "Town Section")

Livingston

Updated Nov 2

Same as above.

Yellowstone River, Mayor's Landing to Laurel

Springdale, Big Timber

Updated Nov 2

Same as above

Other Waters

Updated Nov 2

Creeks are too cold.

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Madison River Drainage

Madison River, Hebgen Lake to Quake Lake

Updated June 18

To be honest, we'd have to drive past oodles of good water to get here. Check with Blue Ribbon Flies in West.

Madison River, Quake Lake to Ennis Lake

Below Quake Lake, Near Cameron

Updated June 18

Salmonflies and the accompanying smaller stoneflies and various caddis have started hatching in earnest on this reach, so crowds will be high, but sometimes joining the crowd makes for great fishing.

Madison River, Lower

Below Ennis Lake

Updated June 18

Too warm, bordering on way too warm.

Hebgen and Quake Lakes

Updated June 18

Probably good, but why drive so far when we have great fishing 5 minutes out the door?

 

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Private Lakes

Story Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Essentially closed for the year, though you might call them and see if you can get on. Until the lakes start icing up, streamers/leeches can bring outstanding fishing.

Merrell Lake

Updated Nov 2

See above.

Burns Lake

Updated Nov 2

See above.

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Spring Creeks

Armstrong's, Nelson's, Depuy

Updated Nov 2

Now on winter rates and a great choice. Midges and BWO may bring up rising trout, but egg patterns and streamers are also excellent choices. Beware spawning brown trout! In other words, fish the deeper, bouldery water rather than the shallow gravel.

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Other Montana Waters

Missouri River, "Land of Giants"

Updated Nov 2

A great choice right now, as both brown and rainbow trout are now present and fiesty, and the spring angler crowds aren't present. Egg patterns, scuds, and streamers are all excellent choices, and you might luck into a BWO hatch. Too bad Walter sold his jet boat... (Never fear, he's buying a new, bigger, more powerful one soon. That's the way power boat purchases tend to run...)

Missouri River, Holter Dam to Cascade

Updated May 22

Check with our friends at Crosscurrents. There's no reason for us to drive so far right now.

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