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.

 

Quick Links to Each Drainage/Category

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

 

Yellowstone River Above the Lake and Lake to Falls

Yellowstone Lake Outlet

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back July 15, 2015.

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

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in late June or so, 2015.


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

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in early July, 2015.

Yellowstone Drainage Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July, 2015.

Yellowstone Drainage Lakes and Ponds

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in 2015.

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Lamar River Drainage

Lamar River

Lower Lamar

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Soda Butte Creek

Silver Gate (Park Boundary)

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Slough Creek

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Trout Lake

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in 2015.


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Gardner River Drainage

Gardner River Above Osprey Falls

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Gardner River, Osprey Falls to Boiling River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Gardner River, Boiling River to Yellowstone River

Just Below Boiling River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in June 2015.

Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in late May 2015.

 

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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 for the year. Check back in early June 2015.

Firehole River

At Old Faithful, Lower River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in late May 2015.

Gibbon River

At Madison Junction

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in June 2015.

Grebe & Wolf Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in June 2015.


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Snake River Drainage

Snake River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Lewis River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Lewis and Shoshone Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.


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Gallatin River Drainage Inside YNP

Gallatin River

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.

Small Streams

Updated Nov 2

Closed for the year. Check back in July 2015.


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Montana

Yellowstone River Drainage

Yellowstone River, Gardiner to Emigrant (Gardiner Basin and Upper Paradise Valley)

Yellowstone River Webcam, Corwin Springs Stream Gauge

Updated Nov 2

Still fishing well, though unless you're fishing streamers there's no point in getting out before about 10:30-11:00 in the morning, and you need to be off by about 5:00 to beat sunset. Midge and BWO hatches are possible, particularly in the big foam patches. There are spawning browns present in many sections of river. Please let these fish spawn in peace. Go ahead and fish egg patterns and stonefly nymphs in the deeper water DOWNSTREAM of spawning gravel.

Yellowstone River, Emigrant to Shields River (Middle of Paradise Valley to just east of Livingston)

Livingston

Updated Nov 2

Same as above.

Yellowstone River, Shields River Confluence to Clark Fork Confluence

Springdale, Big Timber

Updated Nov 2

Same as above.

Other Waters

Updated Nov 2

Too cold. Check back next July.

 

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Madison River Drainage

Madison River, Hebgen Lake to Quake Lake

Updated Nov 2

With the road through YNP now closed, this water is just too far from here. It should fish well on streamers, egg flies, and stonefly nymphs. Steer clear of spawning gravel.

Madison River, Quake Lake to Ennis Lake

Below Quake Lake, Near Cameron

Updated Nov 2

Too far to travel with YNP roads closed, but again should fish well. In addition to the above, midges and BWO might bring the fish up.

Madison River, Lower

Below Ennis Lake

Updated Nov 2

Similar to above, but within reasonable striking distance if you're staying in Gardiner.

Hebgen and Quake Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Too far to travel with park roads closed.

 

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Private Lakes

Story Lakes

Updated Nov 2

Check back in late April.

Merrell Lake

Updated Nov 2

Check back in early May.

Burns Lake

Updated Nov 2

Check back in early May.

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Spring Creeks

Armstrong's, Nelson's, Depuy

Updated Nov 2

Now is a GREAT time to fish the creeks. They're on their winter rates of $40 per day and lots of browns are moving into the creeks preparing to spawn. Leave the spawners alone, but fishing streamers in the deeper runs downstream of spawning areas should turn some big fish, and egg patterns and San Juan Worms in non-spawning areas should trick the rainbows in the mood for brown trout omelets.


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Other Montana Waters

Missouri River, "Land of Giants"

Updated Nov 2

This is a great piece of water right now, provided you've got the skills to strip streamers for big browns and can handle the ugly weather. Walter had to winterize his jet boat, unfortunately, or he'd be up there this week and next...

Missouri River, Holter Dam to Cascade

Updated Nov 2

Good BWO, midge, and streamer fishing is taking place by most accounts.

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