Yellowstone Lake is seeing overnight lows above freezing and is now showing a little increase in outflow. With the lake beginning to move and big surges from the Lamar River, combined with a rainy week that will further cut out snow we're seeing a formula which seems to indicate we've entered into spring runoff on the 'Stone. The Lamar River hit a record high yesterday, will today and is likely to do so for the next couple days.
Mark your calendar, the annual Yellowstone River cleanup has been set for Saturday April 23rd. Grab a friend or family member to come out and comb the river for all sorts of odd items that don't belong there. Good food and cammaraderie round out a morning of just a couple hours that do the river a world of good.
Hooray for Spring! While we always like to see these numbers continue to trend upward, the first week of spring did well bringing in much needed snowfall and ground soaking rains that have bolstered snowpack figures around the state. Most basins have climbed back into or above the 100% of normal range for their annual snow to water level equivalents . The upper Yellowstone basin is currently at 93% of normal having spent most of March closer to the eighty-sixth percentile.
The blue-wings broke out in pretty good numbers yesterday, with some bwo's and march browns also seen well below Livingston. The streamer bite remains fairly hot. The river below town is taking on a little more color late in the day while the valley remains mostly "good-green" throughout, a little more clear in spots. Water temps are varying widely depending on where you are but are edging up closer to the mid 40's the second half of the day from Emigrant down to Livingston, a bit warmer the further down you head.
Good early season fishing is upon us on the Yellowstone. But if you were out fishing yesterday and haven't yet renewed your license - you shouldn't have been fishing, get in here and get your license renewed for 2016.
The river is appropriately greened up, just enough so as to conceal your efforts from the fish while allowing them to also feel a bit more relaxed feeding in the otherwise low flows of late winter. The weeks weather ahead is fairly cold at night and shouldn't get the area tributaries running much, keeping us at our current level of clarity.
In it's tenth year and brought back to Livingston Montana by your local Joe Brooks Trout Unlimited Chapter, the 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour will play once again at The Shane Center.
All proceeds will benefit the Joe Brooks TU Chapter.
With the warming trend the water temperature is up just enough and browns are proving they're willing to move assertively for streamers. The ice has again diminished to an almost non-existent state, the river is floatable (including through Mallards Rest, although above Pine Creek there is an icy bottle-neck) but pretty bony at its lowest flows of the year--keep a keen eye on what's coming at you. The upper valley is seeing temps that are keeping it a little colder, from mid-valley downstream the bite is more willing.
It's that time again, fishing license renewals are just around the corner. As a reminder 2015 Season fishing licenses are good through February, March 1st you need your new one. As a result of the Montana legislature passing HB 140 in 2015, the rate structure for 2016 has seen changes. At the time of this post it appears the Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks website does not yet show the changes to the license fees.
This weekend is Montana's annual Free Fishing Weekend, see the info below from Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks.
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Gov. Bullock Encourages Montanans to Take Advantage of Father's Day Free-Fishing Weekend
Whether you cast a fly or bait a hook everyone can fish for free Saturday and Sunday as Montana invites friends and family statewide to kick back in celebration of Father's Day weekend, June 20-21.
Heres wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday weekend with some sunshine somewhere. Dan Bailey's Fly Shop will be closed Sunday May 24th & Memorial Day May 25th.. We will be open Saturday May 23rd from 8AM to 6PM..
Yellowstone National Park opens it's general fishing season tomorrow, Saturday May 23rd. This year Yellowstone Lake will open with the opening of the general season. We have fishing permits and regulations available.