Montana and Yellowstone Park Fishing Report

Montana and Yellowstone Park Fishing Report

Fishing is functionally closed throughout our operations area in the aftermath of flooding roughly 60% above the previous record levels. We will update this page or the blog in general when this changes.

Here are some known/expected impacts:

  • No access to YNP from Gardiner in 2022.
  • Completely closure of the north loop road in Yellowstone Park and the north and northeast entrance roads. Access to the Lamar System, Yellowstone canyons, and Gardner River and all tributaries is thus closed for 2022.
  • We expect SOME fishing to be possible on the Yellowstone River north of Yellowstone Park. An early survey by our staff suggests the boat ramps near Gardiner will be usable with no or minimal work in all cases, especially via raft. We do not know the status of the concrete ramps in Paradise Valley, which may have suffered greater damage if struck by debris.
  • The only fisheries we know for certain suffered severe damage are Depuy and Armstrong Spring Creeks. The Yellowstone breached the levee protecting the bottomlands they flow through and flooded all of Depuy and most or all of Armstrong.
  • Impacts to fish populations will be smaller than most people seem to think. Fish have weathered floods before, and bigger ones than people have seen. Cutthroat trout survived the breaching of Glacial Lake Missoula at the end of the ice age, which was violent enough to carve out Washington State’s coulee country, after all. We expect the fishing to be fine and potentially very good when we are able to get back on the water (whenever that is), because pressure will be down some unknown but very large percentage.