Fishing Report Updated May 31, 2022
This Missouri River fishing report is valid May 31 through about June 15.
The Upper Missouri from Three Forks to Canyon Ferry Lake is filthy muddy. We do not suggest fishing this water until July (and then it is carp/walleye/pike water more than trout water).
This is our favorite time of year to fish the Land of Giants (Hauser Dam Tailwater). The rainbow spawn is over and crowds decline. The fish populations also drop a hair since many trout move back to Holter Lake, but those that remain are healthier and fight harder. BWO and PMD nymphs, San Juan Worms, sowbugs and scuds, and streamers (think perch colors) all work right now. It also makes sense to investigate the inlet into Holter Lake if you have a boat. Streamers may produce perch and walleye, and on calm days the trout in the lake will rise to Callibaetis and midges.
The Holter Dam Tailwater near Wolf Creek and Craig is the best float water in the region now. Crowds have been very heavy and will get worse as the weather gets nicer (family fun floaters as well as anglers). BWO, caddis, and midges have all been hatching. PMD will pop big-time once the weather gets slightly warmer, especially on cloudy or drizzly days. Nymphs should match these bugs, or use San Juan Worms and sowbugs. Streamers have also been producing.