The Clarks Fork Canyon section is high and off-color. It will better to wait until the spring runoff is over sometime in early July to access the upper and middle canyon sections.
Reports for Upper Clarks
High, off color from snowmelt by afternoon. Runoff is in full ‘bloom’. Expect Crandall Creek to clear, drop and become fishable after July 1. We recommend larger bead head nymphs fished along the edges early in the day for best results. Wade carefully, the creek is bank full right now.
The Clarks Fork above Crandall Creek spring runoff has begun. Water clarity is not bad early morning but the fishing has been slow. If in the upper area, going to the Beartooth Lakes for action is recommended. Smaller nymphs and streamers work great in the lakes.
Beartooth lakes are plentiful above 8500 feet along Highway 212 to Red Lodge, Montana. Some of the lower lakes like Lily, Ivy and Little Moose and Beartooth Lake are ice free (or almost!) and fishing well. Small leeches and stripped bead head nymphs, like soft hackle Prince and Bloody Mary are working. Warming temps should eliminate ice in the lakes above Top of the World soon, giving anglers more opportunities to fish.
Sunlight Creek has been clear in the mornings, going out in the afternoons. Flows are up and wading can be dangerous in places. Fish beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller in the pools and deeper runs. Trout are small brook trout with some Yellowstone cutthroat. The gate on the road beyond the campground is closed due to bear traffic.