The good news is that most people had a pretty swell time over Memorial Day weekend.
For river anglers, the bad news is runoff has started and blown out many rivers around the state.
So fishermen should look to lakes or reservoirs such as Tongue River Reservoir, Fort Peck Reservoir, Bighorn Lake or Keyhole Reservoir in Wyoming for angling opportunities. Boaters are reminded that due to the runoff, debris such as logs may be floating around, so be careful.
For more, check out The Gazette's Fishing Guide:
Montana Ackley Lake — Anglers are catching small trout from their boats. The water level is really high, so there aren't any problems launching a boat. — Dave Snyder, Don's, Lewistown.
Bighorn Lake — Some people are catching fish and others aren't. The bite is within the first five miles of the ramp at Ok-A-Beh and Barry's. Jigs and minnows work. Crawlers and leeches work, too. Use blue and white jigs or white jigs. Green walking jigs with orange are working good, too. — Scott Lundin, Osprey Fin/Feather Supply, Billings.
Bighorn River — The cfs was 1,350 at St. Xavier. For dry flies, use Griffith's gnats (size 16-20) and blue-winged olives (16-18). For nymphs, use pink scuds (14-18), natural soft-hackle sowbugs (14-18), olive pheasant tails (16-20) and black-quill nymphs (16-18). Streamers are working. — Justin Wiseman, Bighorn Fly and Tackle, Billings.
Boulder River — It is blown out. The hot temperatures have started the runoff. — Rob Lowe, Rainbow Run Fly Shop, Billings.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir — There were a lot of people fishing over the holiday. Walleye action picked up over the weekend. Use spinners and crankbaits on the south end for walleyes. — Terry McArdle, Townsend Marine.
Castle Rock Lake — Some guys are using the new Storm Holographic jigs and doing well on walleye and bass. — Scott Lundin, Osprey Fin/Feather Supply, Billings.
Cooney Reservoir — Fishing is fairly slow. Maybe with the warmer temperatures and runoff walleye and trout fishing will improve. — Scott Lundin, Osprey Fin/Feather Supply, Billings.
Deadman's Basin — Anglers caught some tiger muskies this weekend. — Pattie Rogers, Super D, Ryegate.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Big Dry Arm — A 34 1/2-inch, 13 1/2-pound walleye was caught in the Dry Arm on a jig and minnow. Walleye fishing was good over the weekend. Use jigs and minnows for walleye. Northern fishing is OK. — Jerry Quick, Rock Creek Marina.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Dam Area — Fishing was good over the weekend. The lake trout are 30-35 feet deep. Use crankbaits and Evil Eye flutter spoons with downriggers. Walleye fishing is picking up as the water warms. For walleyes, use minnows. Leeches are starting to work. Anglers are picking up a few salmon. — Gene Moore, Lakeridge Motel, Fort Peck.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Fourchette Bay — Anglers did really well on walleyes. Use green or orange patterns. The bass are just starting to bite. — Susan Twiford, Malta Marine.
Fresno Reservoir — Fishing started to pick up last weekend. The Fresno Walleyes Unlimited Tournament is this Friday and Saturday. — Howard Stromberg, Stromberg Sinclair, Havre.
Gallatin River — It is high and muddy. You could find a safe spot and throw a huge stonefly to the bottom of the river. — Kris Kumlien, Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Hauser Reservoir — Rainbow fishing was good over the weekend with lots of fish caught around the Black Sandy State Park area. Anglers were having the best luck trolling spinners or wedding rings tipped with corn or nightcrawlers behind a flasher (cowbells, beer cans). Walleye fishing remains slow but expect this to improve as water temperatures increase. Eric Roberts, Steve Dalbey Helena FWP.
Holter Reservoir — Rainbow fishing remains good for anglers trolling. Most anglers are trolling cowbells with a wedding ring tipped with corn. Other are having luck using Rapalas or red and gold hammered spoons. Anglers are having the best success trolling around Departure Point and Split Rock area. A few walleye are showing up at the Gates of the Mountains. The canyon area is starting to produce a few walleye and perch. Note: The BLM Holter Lake Campground is closed for construction until June 30th. Log Gulch will be closed from July 15th-Oct. 30 for construction. For more information call (406) 533-7600. Eric Roberts, Steve Dalbey Helena FWP.
Madison River: Ennis — The river is muddy and high. The small stretch between Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake should be fishable. There might be some dry fly action with mayflies and caddis. — Glen Gallentine, The Tackle Shop, Ennis.
Madison River: Lower — There is decent fishing at Beartrap Canyon. There has been a lot of fishing pressure on the weekend, so aim for a weekday. — Kris Kumlien, Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Martinsdale Reservoir — Anglers caught some fish over the weekend, including some 2-3 pound browns. The rainbows were about a pound. — Dan McLaughlin, Mint Bar, Martinsdale.
Missouri River: Below Holter — The cfs was 6,340 Tuesday. The river has been fishing all right. Cloudy days offer good baetis hatches. Parachute baetis, hare's ear parachute in olive, baetis transitional and RS2 are working. Nymphs have been lighting bugs, MFGs and San Juan worms. A few have been caught on brown and black buggers. — Garry Stocker, Montana Fly Goods, Helena.
Missouri River: Fred Robinson Bridge — Anglers are still catching a few paddlefish. — Susan Twiford, Malta Marine.
Missouri River: Williston, N.D. — The last paddlefish count was 750 taken. The largest paddlefish snagged was 108 pounds. The paddlefish are really rolling at Sundheim Park. — Donna Anderson, Scenic Sports, Williston, N.D.
Musselshell River: Lower — Some nice channel catfish have been caught on worms. Smallmouth bass might bite yellow Mr. Twisters. — Tracy Goffena, Roundup General Store.
Musselshell River: Upper — It is high and muddy and Harlowton received a bunch of rain Sunday night that swelled it. — Dan McLaughlin, Mint Bar, Martinsdale.
Nelson Reservoir — Fishing is picking up. Use green patterns for walleyes. — Susan Twiford, Malta Marine.
Regulating Reservoir — Kokanee fishing is starting to improve in the reservoir for anglers trolling. The standard gear is a flasher trailing a wedding ring tipped with corn or maggots. Fish remain smaller (13 inches) than in years past because of competition for food with the abundant perch that showed up in the reservoir in 2002. Eric Roberts, Steve Dalbey Helena FWP.
Rock Creek — The flow was 81 cfs Tuesday. For dry flies, run royal Wulffs (12-16), yellow humpies (12-16) and elk-hair caddis (12-16). For nymphs, use anything beadhead in size 14. — Justin Wiseman, Bighorn Fly and Tackle, Billings.
Smith River — It is a mud bath. The cfs was 852 Tuesday. — Garry Stocker, Montana Fly Goods, Helena.
Spring Creek — There has been so much rain it has been pretty muddy. Fly fishermen come in and say fishing is on and off. Most of the fishermen are nymphing. — Dave Snyder, Don's, Lewistown.
Stillwater River: Lower — It is very high and very muddy. There is pretty good water and fishing at West Rosebud Lake and the West Rosebud River. — Jim Yeager, Outdoor Supply, Columbus.
Stillwater River: Upper — It is high and muddy. It will be at least 8-10 days until it clears up and is fishable again. — Rob Lowe, Rainbow Run Fly Shop, Billings.
Tongue River Reservoir — Crappie fishing was great with minnows. Walleye fishing was good for experienced anglers. Below the dam, channel catfish and smallmouth action is really good. Fish Wildlife and Parks did an excellent job of keeping the place sane, especially with the estimate of 8,000-11,000 people. — Keith Cooley, Tongue River Resort Marina.
Yellowstone National Park — On opening day the Firehole was off-color. By the second day, the Firehole was more tea colored and we got some fish on nymphs. By the weekend fishing should be fine on the Firehole. — Bob Jacklin, Jacklin's Fly Shop, West Yellowstone.
Yellowstone River: Billings — Fishing has improved slightly. The river is coming up and is high and very fast so be cautious. Catfish are caught toward the backwater areas. The bait of choice is a large minnow cut in half. A 16-pound cat was caught last week. — Will Suralski, Minnow Bucket, Huntley.
Yellowstone River: Columbus — It is high and muddy and fishing is poor. — Jim Yeager, Outdoor Supply, Columbus.
Yellowstone River: Intake — Seventy-four paddlefish have been caught. The largest paddlefish was 68 pounds. There was quite a few fishermen over the weekend, but the river was pretty low. The river is starting to come up. — Dixie Post, Intake Lin-Dix Concessions.
Yellowstone River: Livingston — The river was running at 20,000 cfs Tuesday. For an alternative, Dailey Lake is producing nice walleyes and trout. Troll for the walleye and trout. — Jeff Heenan, Dan Bailey's Fly Shop, Livingston.
Northern Wyoming Bighorn Mountain Creeks — All of them are high with runoff and fishing is tough. — Charlie Gould, Just Gone Fishin', Buffalo.
Bighorn River — The river is up a little bit and fishing is very slow. When the river settles down, fishing will pick up again. — Ken Johnson, Canyon Sporting Goods, Thermopolis.
Boysen Reservoir — The walleyes aren't biting quite as good as anglers would like, but a few have been landed. For walleyes, use broken-back blue and silver Rapalas. A 4 1/2 pound largemouth bass was taken over the weekend with a chartreuse Wally Diver. Crappie fishing is just starting. Anglers are catching quite a few legal-size trout. — Collette Hackett, Boysen Lake Marina.
Buffalo Bill Reservoir — The lake is rising considerably and there is lots of dirty water coming in on the North and South forks. The upper end of the North Fork is closed for spawning. Boaters should be careful because there are a lot of logs and trash on the lake. Fishing is fair. Try using cowbells and crawlers. Countdown Rapalas in fluorescent green and orange will work. People with boats are fishing near the mudlines. Bank fishermen are using bait and pitching lures. — Denny Benson, Rocky Mountain Discount Sports, Cody.
Clarks Fork — It is high and muddy. At Belfry it was running at 6,000 cfs Tuesday. — Johnnie Stafford, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
East Newton Lake — It fishes real well on some days, but on other days it is challenging. Baetis nymphs and dries are working. Use a small diameter tippet. Cloud cover and breeze chop help the fishing. — Johnnie Stafford, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
Healy Reservoir — Fishing is good in the evening with small dry flies. — Charlie Gould, Just Gone Fishin', Buffalo.
Keyhole Reservoir — Fishing has been fabulous. For walleyes, use jigs with leeches. The smallest walleye I've seen come in was 5 1/2 pounds. The largest walleye weighed was 9 1/2 pounds. Two 7 1/2 pounders were brought in Tuesday. Fish on the west end for walleyes. A couple real nice northerns have been caught, too. — Hilary DeLao, Keyhole Marina.
Lake DeSmet — The lake is recovering from the fishing derby. Use bait or beadhead flies from shore. — Charlie Gould, Just Gone Fishin', Buffalo.
Muddy Guard Reservoirs — There is good fishing with little Jake's lures and flies. — Charlie Gould, Just Gone Fishin', Buffalo.
North Fork of the Shoshone — It is high and muddy. — Johnnie Stafford, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
Ten Sleep Creek — It is rolling and unfishable after the warm weather. — Ken Kucera, The Outdoorsman, Worland.
Tiehack Reservoir — The reservoir is ice free. There is good fishing from boats and the shore. Use flies in the evening. — Charlie Gould, Just Gone Fishin', Buffalo.