Fishing Report Updated April 10, 2021
This fishing report is valid for the middle two weeks of April, 2021.
Spring is slowly springing around here. The weather has been highly variable, jumping from warm and sunny to cold and rainy/snowy, and that’s hurt the fishing some. Some days the Yellowstone has been muddy due to snowmelt while the air has been too cold for us to want to be outside. Ideally, look for temperatures in the 50s with gray skies and no wind. Two out of three ain’t bad.
When it’s clear, fish streamers and nymph combos on the Yellowstone unless you see fish rising to midges, BWO, or the occasional March Brown mayfly. The best chance of rising fish will be in foam slicks and eddies in the afternoons.
The Paradise Valley spring creeks have been fully-booked for weeks and are mostly fully booked through the month. No recent reports because of this. We will say that when Depuy for example is fully-booked, it’s usually not all that great since it’s hard to move from spot to spot.
Private lakes are now fishing well. Think big: big San Juan Worms, streamers, and leeches. This is about the only time we fish articulated streamers on the lakes. The Scleech is a good choice. Woolly Buggers and bunny leeches are probably more consistent. Eggs can also work near inlet streams as the rainbows false-spawn (the rainbows in the lakes are stocked, since they can’t successfully spawn).
On the Missouri River, think pink: pink eggs, pink mayfly nymphs, even pink midges. The “Land of Giants” section below Hauser Dam and the more-famous section downstream of Holter Dam are both fishing well. These waters will be crowded. At “LoG” on Wednesday there were 20 bank anglers and ten boats, which is about twice as many bank anglers and 2-3 more boats than we’d prefer. Fishing will get much better for boat anglers especially if the water comes up a bit. I did get a 22-incher among several others.
Here’s a photo of the good one from the “Mo.”
The Stillwater and Boulder are still too low to float. If you wade-fish, fish stonefly nymphs with a slender mayfly nymph or midge dropper. Once they’re floatable, also think about throwing streamers. We’ll post full reports for these streams late in the month when floating becomes feasible.
We will be checking out the East Rosebud tomorrow. That will become a progressively better option through the month. Reminder, this property is only accessible if you book with us or stay at our partner Quaking Aspen Ranch.
Our next general fishing report will come out around April 25.
Relevant Montana Fishing Report Links
- Purchase Montana fishing licenses online
- Montana FWP News Releases: This page is most important in late summer when wildfires or drought may close certain fisheries.
- Yellowstone Park fishing info
- Yellowstone Park road conditions
- Yellowstone Park News Releases
- Gardiner, MT Weather (Upper Yellowstone R)
- Livingston, MT Weather (Middle Yellowstone R and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks)
- Columbus, MT Weather (Lower Yellowstone R and Stillwater R)
- Norris, MT Weather (Lower Madison R)
- “Land of Giants” Area Weather (Missouri R)
- Canyon Village, WY Weather (Yellowstone Park)