Yellowstone Lake and River below Fishing Bridge

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

Yellowstone Lake is fishing well near the rocky points and rock structures along the shoreline from Sedge Bay to West Thumb. Streamers and sinking lines or sink-tip fly lines help get those streamers in the zone and in front of some very nice Yellowstone cutthroat!! There are no fishing restrictions on Yellowstone or any other of the lakes inside Yellowstone Park.

Flows 760 CFS below Fishing Bridge to Mud Volcano.  NOTE: FISHING TIMES ARE NOW SUNRISE TO SUNSET.

Near the Tower/Roosevelt Bridge, the lower Yellowstone River is fishing fairly good using hopper/dropper rigs, gray drakes, caddis and nymphs with indicators, or streamers. Ant and beetle patterns fished dry are also working. Water quality is excellent and water temps have been 58 degrees at 2 pm.

Below Fishing Bridge anglers are doing best matching the hatches, using nymphs that imitate the insects hatching, or pulling size 4-10 weighted streamers. Woolly bugger and leech imitations are always good to pitch when the trout are not rising.  Bead head nymphs, or jig style nymphs working best early morning and when the trout are down between hatch cycles. be prepared for lots of refusals so your ego isn’t damaged too much.

Suggested dry flies: Caddis 16-24, gray drakes, blue winged olives, midges, ants and beetles in the upper Yellowstone in the Le Hardy to Mud Volcano stretch.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good in the Cody region. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!





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