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Missouri River Fishing Report

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

The best fly fishing on the Missouri River is below Holter and Hauser dams, near Craig, MT. These areas provide opportunities for Montana anglers with sub-surface and surface action throughout the year.

The weather looks fantastic for the next week and should present some good dry fly opportunities barring the appearance of wind. Midge adults are prevalent on the Missouri River and trout are keyed into them. This week looks like it will be fantastic fishing for the dry fly angler on the Mighty Missouri River.

Montana anglers using nymphs while fly fishing the Missouri are doing very well. Run deep under an indicator, 4-6ft with plenty of weight, Sowbugs, Scuds, Baetis, Midge Larvae, and Aquatic Worms are good patterns. Red, pink, black, and purple are all good colors. Our Bozeman fly fishing guides are doing well using Pink Lightning Bugs and Hot Bead Ray Charles. Stop in at some of the fly shops in Craig, MT, for the most updated report on the river.

Streamer fishing is better with small black or olive bugs during mid-day with some nice-sized fish being caught. Fly fishing with the use of two-handed rods, and swinging small baitfish patterns has been effective in the larger runs towards the middle of the river. Look for slow, and deep water.

If you're interested in guided Missouri River fishing trips, our Bozeman Montana guide service can help. We have over 20 years of experience guiding Missouri River anglers in various water conditions throughout the year. Our guide staff recommends late April through early June as the best time of the year to fish the Missouri River near Craig, Montana.

Missouri River Fishing Report Streamflow

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Flows

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Fly fish Montana on the Missouri River near Craig Montana between April and July with our team of expert guides. Early season is the best time to experience Missouri River fishing in Montana. Fins and Feathers Guide Service has been outfitting Montana fly fishing trips on the Missouri River since 2000.

Expert anglers can focus on perfecting their dry fly skills or streamer fly fish the canyon for trophy Brown Trout. Novice and first-time fly anglers are assured plenty of hook-ups and will quickly improve their skills with the patient instruction of our guide staff.


  • $695 for 1 or 2 Anglers Per Guide
  • Float Trips With Wading Opportunities
  • Use of All Fishing Equipment Is Included
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Montana Fishing Licenses

A Montana fishing license is required to legally fish in Montana on the Missouri River.

Missouri River Shuttles

CrossCurrents Fly Shop: (406) 235-3433
Headhunters Fly Shop: (406) 235-3447


Missouri River Fly Fishing in Craig Montana

This 35-mile stretch of the Missouri River offers some of the finest fly fishing in Montana. The cold water released from Holter Dam creates a productive tailwater fishery. The river supports a robust population of Rainbow and Brown Trout, thanks to its rich invertebrate biomass.

Our "Missouri River Fishing Guide" is a comprehensive guide to the river stretches and seasonal hatches along with pro tips from our seasoned team of Bozeman fly fishing guides.