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Missouri River Fishing Reports

Your Local Source For Fishing Reports

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Missouri River Fishing Reports
Updated May 19, 24

Flow Data: Missouri River below Holter Dam near Wolf Creek, MT

Flows are up to a more usual spring flow than they were a week ago. Fishing should remain really good even with the slight bump. Midges and BWO's are hatching in huge numbers daily and fish have been willing to eat them on the surface. Fish seem to be focused on midges early in the day but switch to BWO's in the late afternoon when the baetis hatch really takes off. A Peacock Cluster or Griffith's Gnat will get the job done early when fish are targeting midges. Later in the day A BWO Last chance cripple is tough to beat when fish that are keyed in on BWO's. March Browns and Caddis coming soon. Maybe Mother's day with the high in Craig expected to be 81 degrees. Nymphing has been off the chain. Scuds, sowbugs, and BWO nymphs are the aquatic bug imitations to use right now. Tailwater Sowbugs, Pill Poppers, Olive Micro May's, and Olive Two Bit Hooker are a few of our favorite Missouri Nymphs. However, fish have been very willing to eat about anything dead drifted under an indicator. A worm in wine or red will also trick MO fish this time of the year. Swinging can be a good option all winter long with small buggers or streamers. The streamer fishing has been picking up as well. Kreelex, Sparkle Minnows and Skiddish Smolts produce well in the Spring. Keep an eye out for, and try to avoid spawning trout and their redds.

To purchase an assortment of up-to-date, hand-selected flies for the Missouri 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.

Call below to arrange a Missouri River shuttle:

  • The Trout Shop: 800-337-8528
  • Crosscurrents: 406-235-3433
  • Headhunters: 406-235-3477
Historical River Flow
Discharge Rate (cfs)