Fishing Report Updated January 2, 2022

This Montana fishing report is valid from Jan 2 until an extended run of days with above-freezing high temperatures, probably late in January.

Recent biting cold in Yellowstone Country means that there isn’t much fishing to be done, unless you’re ice fishing. The only open water that will be at all productive right now is the Paradise Valley spring creeks. Now on low winter rates of $40/day, they’ll offer some midge-nymphing anytime temps are warm enough you can stand it and the wind isn’t howling.

Once we have a few warmer days, you can try fishing the Yellowstone River from the highway bridge in Gardiner up to the mouth of the Gardner River. This is the warmest section of the Yellowstone River and by far the best until late February or early March, when water temps usually start to rise. Fish attractor, midge, BWO, stonefly nymphs dead slow. If you get a calm day in the 30s, you may see midge or BWO hatches. Note that the mouth of the Gardner River is the YNP boundary and the park fishing season is closed. No fishing in the Gardner or in the Yellowstone upstream of the mouth.

Ice fishing is now a good bet on Dailey Lake. Fish jigs and maggots for perch and walleye and the occasional big rainbow trout.

Look for our next Montana fishing report when conditions change.

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