Other Waters

May 20, 2019

Fishing Conditions

May 20, 2019

Beaverhead- Below grasshopper creek is spewing mud. The stretch between pipe organ and grasshopper is fishing well though. The streamer bite has been solid, there have been fish coming up for blue winged olives, and the nymph bite has been consistent as well. Try a worm and a small flashy nymph under the indicator. 

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: The rivers out this way are cranking some mud. The Blackfoot is flowing big and dirty. The same conditions are on the Clark Fork. The Bitterroot will drop below action stage today but is still big. This will be the best of the big three rivers around Missoula but use caution, the flow is still large. It is time to either head high up in the mountains in the tributary creeks or over to the MO or bighole.


Canyon Ferry -this is a good time to target trout out this way.

Hauser/Holter - The Ice is receding and these lakes are looking fishable. The walleye bite has been pretty solid and the trout bite is picking up every day. Try a balanced leech if you do head out this way, the trout have been all over them. 

Dailey Lake- Have not had a report from over here. Its a hard maybe. 

Hyalite- Both the lake and the creek are fishing well. The ice on the lake droped last week. All the fish are feeding under the surface. Buggers and leeches have been working the best. The creek has cold water temps but the fish are very eager to eat a small tan caddis. The water gets clearer as you get above each feeder creek but there is a foot of clarity at the bottom of the road and fish are eating the dries.


Cliff and Wade -  Both lakes are iced out and ready to fish.  

Quake Lake - The ice is coming off on the river inlet. The shores should be exposed this week. Time to take the risk. 

Clark Canyon - Looking and fishing great. The ice is off and the fish are hungry for leeches and chironomids. 

Hebgen- Hebgen is fishing really well. Bigger streamers of the leech under the indicator will put fish on the board. 

Harrison Lake - The Ice is off. This is a good place to be right now. 


Ennis Lake - No sipping action yet with the cold spring we have been having. All the fishing is still under the surface with lake nymphs like chironomids or stripping a bugger.


Ponds Around Town - It is time, Go slay some bass! This is also a great place to bring kids if they are just getting into fly fishing. The ponds have a plethora of willing bluegill and bass to keep the focus on fun and fish. 


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