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Lower Madison Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Lower Madison River Fishing Reports
Updated Sep 26, 23

*Flow Data: Madison River below Ennis Lake near McAllister, MT

The Lower Madison is fishing great with both dry flies and nymphs. The hopper fishing has enticed some nice fish to poke their nose out this week. It will likely be slow fishing a hopper over the rainy weekend but I would not be surprised if it picked back up next week. Streamers and perdigons will be the best flies to trick trout if you spend time fishing the lower. You may see some fish feeding on midges in early in the morning. BWO's are likely sneaking up on us and may be flying around before we know it. Nymphing and streamer fishing will still be tough with the weeds but worth a shot if you are looking for bigger fish. October caddis also present a good opportunity to catch a big fish. Try a Foam Run caddis or an orange Chubby Chernobyl.

To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for the Lower Madison River:

  • Select the Montana Fly Assortment below
  • Select the number of desired flies
  • Enter where and when you plan on fishing
  • Opt for In-store pickup at checkout

Montana fishing licenses are available for purchase online at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and at Yellow Dog Flyfishing - Fly Shop (some exceptions may apply). If you are planning to fish in the headwaters of the Gallatin River area above Taylor's Fork (approx. 1 mile upstream); be aware that most of this is in Yellowstone National Park which requires a separate fishing license and is seasonally open to fishing according to YNP regulations.

For Shuttles on the Lower Madison Contact:

  • Bob's Shuttles: (406) 595-0587
  • Space Shuttle: (406) 518-1799
Historical River Flow
Discharge Rate (cfs)