Fishing Report Updated April 9, 2021
This Missouri River fishing report is valid for mid-April, 2021.
Two sections of the Missouri are good choices right now, the Land of Giants section downstream of Hauser Dam and the Holter Tailwater near Wolf Creek and Craig. Floating or jet-boating as well as wade-fishing are now good bets.
It’s the tail end of “pink season” on the Missouri. Fish pink eggs, scuds, mayfly nymphs, and sowbugs, with or without “firebead” heads. Rainbow-colored patterns (such as the Rainbow Czech) are also good bets, but even these have pink hot spots.
Zebra Midges and BWO nymphs are now also starting to work, particularly downstream of Holter Dam. Some rising fish are possible there, but not many below Hauser. Anglers swinging streamers have also been picking up some fish.
Angling crowds have been high, particularly when the weather is nice. Crowds will decrease particularly below Hauser if the river comes up over 6000cfs. Right now it’s only at 3500 and there are lots and lots of bank anglers, even in some rather unusual places.
Missouri River Fishing Report – Relevant Links
- Hauser Dam Streamflow Data: Note that wade-fishing becomes difficult when flows are over 5000cfs and is basically impossible in most places above 8000cfs. High flows are most common in late May and early June.
- Holter Dam Streamflow Data
- “Land of Giants” Area Weather
- Craig (Holter Dam Area) Weather