Beartooth lakes are plentiful above 8500 feet, however, most are not ice free yet. Lilly Lake is thawing and has some fishing access around the shoreline. Small leeeches and stripped bead head nymphs, are working. Beartooth highway and pass won’t be plowed and open until Memorial Day or later.
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Open water but not fishing well. Fish during the heat of the day with size 10-16 bead-head nymphs. Don’t expect to catch a trout over 8 inches. This stream is in serious decline due to lack of management and limit enforcement by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Get mad at them, not North Fork Anglers!!
The Clark’s Fork is open and fishable. Paint and Pat O’hara creeks have been spewing snowmelt and turbid water into the river on or after warm day so its better to fish above the Beartooth Ranch State Land area to the mouth of the canyon. Nymphing with medium size to smaller bead-heads (Size 10-20) through the medium/fast riffles should keep your rod bent with trout and whitefish once the water warms up mid-morning. Lots of insects hatching now that the water temps are in the high 40’s, low 50’s. Caddis, large mayflies and smaller stoneflies are flying around. Fishing a dry could be... View Article
Frozen above 8500 feet. Highway 212 has not been plowed past the snowmobile staging area. There is not yet access to lower elevation lakes like Lilly and Beartooth Lake. The rest have 4-8 feet of snow on top of them.
East and West Newton are fishing great. East Newton Lake has been fishing best. The trout haven’t gotten their PhD’s in fly patterns yet and can be fooled with ease by the fly patterns listed below. Water temps are warming too, which is increasing trout feeding activity. Still a bit cold for sitting in a float tube all day. Make sure you insulate feet and lower body well if in a float tube or pontoon boat. Flies: Buggers and leeches of various colors. Chironimids (midges), Ice cream cones, pheasant tails, hares ear, bow-tie midges, Griffiths gnat, FRM red or black, gray... View Article