Montana and Yellowstone Park Fishing Report

Montana and Yellowstone Park Fishing Report

Welcome to Parks’ Fly Shop’s Montana and Yellowstone Park Fishing Report and Blog. Check out the general fishing report below for an overview of what’s going on in our area. Visit our Blog to check out our fly tying videos, podcasts, fishing tips, detailed posts on weather and water predictions for the upcoming season (generally posted in the winter and spring), trip reports from our guides, and fishing, conservation, and fly shop news.

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General Yellowstone Park and Montana Fishing Report – Updated November 3, 2019

The Yellowstone Park fishing season is now closed for the winter. Waters begin reopening on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, 2020. In Montana, somewhat warmer weather this week should pump up scattered BWO and midge hatches on the Yellowstone, and a few larger browns are still eating streamers and egg patterns. Do not float and keep your eyes open when wading; there is scattered ice in the backwaters and upstream in Yellowstone Park, and as this ice breaks down it could pose a hazard. The cold autumn we’ve had has started the winter doldrums a few weeks early. The slowest fishing of the season is from late November through early January, and in all honesty it has started sooner than that.

Top Fisheries in MT: Yellowstone River from Gardiner to Carbella and from Mallard’s Rest down to Columbus (the middle of Paradise Valley is usually poor this time of year), Paradise Valley spring creeks, Missouri River

Top Fisheries in YNP: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!

Detailed Water-by-Water Yellowstone Park and Montana Fishing Report

Yellowstone Park Fisheries

Upper Yellowstone River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until July 15, 2020

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May, 2020, and probably muddy until late June.

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May, 2020, and probably muddy until late June.

Gardner River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed for the season. Opens late May, 2020. May be good then. Was great today (the last day of the season), with solid rainbows eating fall-run brown trout eggs in the deep slots.

Lamar River, Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek Fishing Report – November 3

Closed for the season. Opens late May, 2020, but likely muddy into early-mid July.

Firehole River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May 2020.

Gibbon River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May 2020.

Madison River in YNP Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May 2020.

Gallatin River in YNP Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Closed until late May 2020. Probably muddy until the end of June.

Other Waters in YNP Fishing Report – Updated October 6

Closed until late May 2020.

Montana Fisheries

Yellowstone River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Conditions are more like late November due to recent cold and snow, but should improve a bit this week before dropping off again. Brief midge and BWO hatches are possible on calm afternoons. Otherwise nymph the deep, slow water, swing streamers dead slow, or fish egg patterns in the deep water downstream of riffles.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fishing Report – Updated November 3

The best bet from now through early March, especially for all-day fishing. Midges, mayfly nymphs, San Juan Worms, scuds, and small streamers will work all winter, and some midge hatches are possible. Right now, egg patterns and larger streamers are also good bets.

Yellowstone Valley Private Lakes Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Generally inaccessible and starting to freeze up.

Lower Madison River Fishing Report – Updated November 3

Not a bad bet if the wind is calm. Fish streamers, San Juan Worms, and eggs.