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Bozeman Fishing Reports

Date: 04/18/2024
Posted by: Toby Swank

The fishing around Bozeman, MT has been good, some options are better than others right now with certain areas experiencing change of flows and decreased visibility. The Gallatin was fairly off-color the last couple days, the Yellowstone has been good but expect some color to ensue after the last couple of water days. The forecast for the week is overcast, cool, and some rain. Expect this weather to reset the rivers back to prime conditions as this will force flows to drop and water to clear.

The Madison River fishing has been solid near Three Dollar Bridge and Raynolds Bridge FAS, about 40 minutes south of Ennis, MT. Using nymphs like Pat's Rubberlegs, San Juan Worms, Spanish Bullets, and Zebra Midges have been hot sub-surface. The dry fly fishing has been very good as of late with Midge adults and BWO's, expect this to continue until we start to see some snow melt.

Missouri River fishing has been good near Holter Dam, near Craig, MT. This area provides a healthy population of Rainbow and Brown trout that feed on sowbugs, scuds, midges, and small mayflies. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides say that pink and red are the best colors.

The Gallatin River fly fishing has been good through the Canyon, north of Big Sky, MT. This national forest area provides a lot of access to deep holes and slow-moving runs where trout will hold. Stoneflies, worms, and Midges are the golden ticket when fishing the Gallatin River. The river had some sediment turning the river off color but this plug should move through the system quickly.

Yellowstone River fishing is getting better every day as temperatures warm. The flows spiked up a bit after some snow and rain this last week but the river looks to be on the drop and the fishing could be good. Find a day with low wind and head over to the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT. Fishing with nymphs that imitate Stoneflies, Midge Larvae, and Caddis are effective. This is a good time to fish with streamers as well, smaller sculpin imitations can catch some larger trout.

Fins and Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting Montana fly fishing trips near Bozeman since 2000. Bozeman MT fly fishing is famous for the diverse fisheries that are easily accessible for guided day trips.

Anglers typically stay in the area and fish with our guides for 1-5 days on the rivers near Bozeman Montana - our expert guides tailor each day to the skills and interests of our guests. The variety of water and fly fishing styles keeps every day feeling like a new experience for even the most seasoned angler.

We could be fishing to rising fish on a Yellowstone River back eddy one morning and streamer fly fishing the upper Madison the next. Finish a three-day trip on the lower Gallatin or Jefferson River to escape the summer crowds while targeting wild, trophy Brown Trout.

Read our "Bozeman Fly Fishing Guide" to learn more about the many Montana fly fishing options near Bozeman, along with our Montana fly fishing trips.


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Montana Fishing Licenses

A Montana fishing license is required to legally fish in Montana. A Yellowstone National Park license is required to fish the waters within YNP

Shuttle Information

River shuttle information can be found for the Bozeman area rivers on the Montana fishing report pages for that river.

Bozeman Fly Fishing

Bozeman is centrally located for convenient access to the best fly fishing in Montana on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers. Myriad small streams, mid-sized rivers, and reservoirs provide "off-the-beaten-path" opportunities for the adventurous angler fishing near Bozeman MT.

A year-round trout fishing destination, the Bozeman MT fly fishing options are endless. Learn more about fly fishing in Montana on our blue-ribbon waters in our "Bozeman Fly Fishing Guide" online.