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Lower Madison Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Lower Madison River Fishing Reports
Updated Feb 22, 24

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

The weather on the lower is looking good for the rest of the week but will be pretty windy Saturday and Sunday. Dry fly fishing with Midges has been pretty solid on calm cloudy days and fish have even been rising when the sun is out. Nymphing with Scuds, sowbugs, worms, and midges has been the most consistent way to catch fish. These flies tend to work very well even through Spring. Deep slow moving water fished with streamers or crayfish patterns can also trick some of the more opportunistic and hungry trout. Sparkle Minnows, wooly buggers, mini Zirdles, and Bow River buggers are all great options. For the most part, fish are sitting at the bottom of deep slow moving water. Target the areas where the water is walking speed or slower for the best success.

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)