Yellowstone Lake and River below Fishing Bridge

October 20, 2020 11:45 am

Yellowstone Park will be closed to fishing the 2nd of November. Time is short to enjoy fishing Yellowstone Lake or the river.

Discharge from Yellowstone Lake at Fishing Bridge is 591 cfs. Water temps are cooling down now that we have had several snow events since mid-October. Highs are to be in the teens next week. Dress warm and do not go swimming!

Flows are very low on the Yellowstone River below Fishing Bridge. Wading is good. The better fishing has been above Le Hardy Rapids. The trout are keying on spent BWO mayfly patterns, fall caddis and some midges on the surface. Go deep with bead head nymphs or streamers for more action. Size 10-14 Black or tan North Fork Specials, Pheasant tails, soft hackles, Prince nymphs, Zebra midges, and Perdigon style nymphs are catching trout. Streamers are also working. Best success has been on size 4-8 woolly buggers. Fish numbers are down as the Yellowstone cutthroat begin to move back into Yellowstone Lake for the winter.

Floating in boats is not allowed on the river, in case you don’t know.

The lake and river is managed for native Yellowstone cutthroat which must be caught and released. Lake trout caught must be killed when caught to protect native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Releasing lake trout alive is illegal.

Read the regulations regarding fishing tributaries to Yellowstone Lake. Stream closures have been lifted on the tributaries feeding into Yellowstone Lake. The outlets should fish great and there should be some cutthroat in the streams yet.

Surface water temps at the lake is 52 degrees F. Fish streamers – woolly buggers, zonkers, muddlers and typical baitfish or leech imitations along the shore line.

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