Yellowstone National Park is closed to fishing on these rivers until the May 2, 2020. These close again, November 2, 2020. Fishing reports will resume a week before opening day on the Firehole, Madison and Gibbon Rivers so you are prepared for action when the Park opens to angling!
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Water temps are quickly dropping and some lakes have begun to ice over. Getting a boat launched would be impossible in most Beartooth lakes now. Beartooth Pass has already closed for the winter. The lakes on the Wyoming side are fishing well – if you can get to them easily! Small leeches and stripped bead head nymphs, like soft hackle Prince and Bloody Mary are working from shore. Some dry action can be had after lunch time but it is a narrow window now. No dry fly action seen.
Fish above the canyon for easier access. Water temps are cold until late in the day. Action slow to fair. Fish beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller in the pools and deeper runs. Trout are scattered and few in number as one moves up the creek. Little Sunlight Creek is also open and fishable at this posting. Trout are small brook trout with some Yellowstone cutthroat. Pack bear spray!
The Clark’s Fork is fishing fair for rainbows, browns and whitefish. Blue wing olives and midges with occasional fall caddis. Water temps are dropping quickly. Flows on the lower Clarks Fork are good for this time of year. CFS: 415 cfs at Clarks Fork Fish Hatchery One can wade the river in places now downstream from the canyon. Flies for the lower Clark Fork: Streamers are your best bet, backed by sowbugs, scuds and small nymphs. October and early November fished well on medium size rubber-legs in black, brown or purple. Trail these with silver, red or purple bead Black North Fork Specials, Prince, hare’s... View Article
The East Lake thawed out last week and is still open and only ice bound along the south and west shoreline. The West Lake never froze. Both lakes are filled to the brim with water and clear. Temps are now in the mid 30’s to low 40’s at East and West Newton Lake. We have a warm up period in the forecast, which might improve action, particularly later in the day at these two popular lakes. Midge pupae, scuds, leeches and small to medium sized streamers are producing well below the surface. Very little surface action now. If there is... View Article