Spring is Upon Us!
The weather over the last couple of weeks has delivered some amazing warm days as well as blustery snow storms, so goes the spring weather in Southwest Montana. As we near the end of the pandemic and our fisheries begin to produce some quality days, a lot of folks have been out on the water. Spring days can be some of the most rewarding of the year and allow us to reconnect with with the sport that is our passion. Please be mindful that the rainbows are spawing and we are all seeking solitude after a long winter.
Beaverhead River - The river has produced some great fishing the last couple of weeks. Even the slow days are producing a decent number of good fish. We are starting to see consistent baetis hatches over the last week in the afternoons. A few fish are eating dries, but expect the action to get better on cloudy afternoons over the next couple of weeks. Pink sowbugs, small San Juan worms, and a number of olive nymphs in size 16 are producing fish. Also, remember that the river is closed from the dam downstream to Pipe Organ Bridge until May 15th. I've personally watched several anglers get tickets for fishing in the closed section recently.
Clark Canyon Reservoir - The lake has been fishing very well at the South end in the open water. Jigs are working most days and various chironomid patterns are producing well on the warm sunny days. The banks are opening a little, but it could be 2-3 weeks before the lake is entirely open.
Big Hole River - The Big Hole is coming out of winter, we've heard about a few skwallas making an appearance on the lower river near Glen. San Juan worms and small Pat's stone will catch fish throughout the river. We expect our favorite spring fishery to light up very soon.