Fishing Report Updated October 9, 2021

This Stillwater River fishing report is valid from October 9 through mid-November.

We won’t be on the Stillwater again until spring, but this is a good time to fish the lower river on foot (it’s too low to float). Through streamers or stonefly-nymph/egg combos for run-up brown trout or look for BWO hatches in the afternoons. You won’t share the water with many other anglers except maybe right at the public accesses. The water is low enough you can walk a long way from these accesses without trouble. Also look at Stillwater trib the Rosebud and its forks. Access is tough, but there are bridge crossings and one FWP access on the West Rosebud. Stick to areas within a few miles of the Stillwater for the warmest water and best shot at browns.

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Stillwater River Fishing Report Relevant Links

  • Absarokee Streamflows: Flows over 4000cfs get sketchy above Absarokee. Flows 4000-2000 are best floated above Absarokee. 2000-1200 are good everywhere. 1200-800 are best below Absarokee but doable above. 800-450 are doable downstream of Absarokee, with the precise cutoff between 500 and 450 depending on how much weight is in your raft and how willing you are to drag the boat through shallow areas.
  • Absarokee Weather