Fishing Report Updated July 28, 2021
This Missouri River fishing report is valid from July 27 through August
The upper Missouri River from Three Forks down to Canyon Ferry Reservoir is clear, warm, and low. Terrible for the trout, great for the carp. Sight-fish with Clouser Minnows, buggy medium-sized nymphs, and crayfish. The Toston Dam to Canyon Ferry area offers lots of 4-12lb fish that will be active despite the heat and drought. We’ll be chasing these fish a lot soon.
The “Land of Giants” section from Hauser Dam to Holter Reservoir is open all day. That said, it’s very low and weedy. Zirdles, sow bugs, and assorted tiny mayfly nymphs are likely the best bets. Expect heavy crowds and spooky fish.
Downstream of Holter Dam, a 2:00 “Hoot Owl” closure is in effect. Fish Tricos and caddis, or try to nymph the slots between the weeds. August is always poor on the Missouri. This year will be worse.