The news this week is that its finally time to use hoppers on the trout streams, creeks and rivers in Montana and Wyoming.
Some anglers may have been using hoppers earlier and catching fish, but it seems like this week more and more anglers have been recommending them. Another new twist is that other terrestrials are also starting to work on the upper Madison River and on the Clarks Fork in Wyoming.
Jim Yeager of Columbus and Melanie Stine of Worland, Wyo., each offered a little additional advice worth noting.
Yeager said that in the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, fishermen should use caution because there have been numerous bear sightings.
Stine said that around some of the creeks shes fished there have been plenty of rattlesnakes out. So be careful out there.
Heres The Gazettes weekly report:
MontanaAbsaroka-Beartooth Mountains There has been a considerable amount of bear sightings, so use caution. Trails are all open and in great shape. There are good fishing reports coming back from Glacier and Black Canyon Lakes. Mosquitoes and Adams will work for dry flies. Slowly stripping nymphs has been very effective. Jim Yeager, Outdoor Supply of Columbus.
Bighorn Lake: Barrys Landing They are still catching walleyes toward the dam or the other direction. A lot of smaller walleyes have been landed. Black is one of the more popular colors for walleye. Try a black Berkley power leech or a black twister tail with a leech. Trout action has slowed down. Tom Canape, Laurel Sport Center.
Bighorn Lake: Ok-A-Beh Fishing has been productive for little walleyes in the 12- to 18-inch range. Fishing is slow for big walleyes. Anglers are catching 20-30 small walleyes a day when they get into them. The water temperature is too warm, around 77-78 degrees, right now. Jigging is the best method. Fish from 5 p.m. until dark for best results. If anglers can find 2-21/2 inch shiner minnows, they will work. Crappie, perch and bass action is good. (Note: The Park Service is recommending that boaters not launch at Horseshoe Bend or use the Horseshoe Bend Area due to falling water levels.) Josh Anderson, Ok-A-Beh Marina, Fort Smith.
Bighorn River The river is flowing fairly low, about 1750 cfs as of Tuesday. There is a lot of moss below the Three Mile Access. Persistence is the key to catching fish. The fish are hitting on San Juan worms and black thread midge larva (16-18). Anglers are also catching fish on PMD epoxy-back nymphs in sizes 16-18. A little blue-winged olive Wonder nymph in sizes 18-20 will work. Dry flies that are working include: parachute Adams, CDC duns, and little sparkle duns. Chance Carlson, Bighorn Fly and Tackle, Billings.
Boulder River A Goddard caddis and a royal coachman will attract trout. Try stimulators, trudes and para Wulffs. For nymphs, try prince nymphs and pheasant tails. Anglers could also throw some hoppers. John Pierce, Rainbow Run Fly Shop, Billings.
Canyon Ferry Reservoir Walleye fishing is pretty tough. Crawler harnesses and night crawlers were the best method for walleyes during last weeks tournament. Jigs with crawlers worked if you knew where there was some fish. Trout fishing is decent for this time of the year. Try pink Rock-N-Roll spoons in 15-20 feet of water. Fish on the north end of the lake for trout. Terry McArdle, Townsend Marine.
Cooney Reservoir They are still night fishing for trout and walleye. The walleye are small, but the trout are running 2 pounds. Tom Canape, Laurel Sport Center.
Deadmans Basin Fishing has been awful slow. I havent seen many people going or coming. Bob Rogers, Super D, Ryegate.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Big Dry Arm Walleye fishing is decent. There has been a lot of thunderstorms at night. Taw Eissinger, Rock Creek Marina.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Dam Area Fishing has been pretty good. Lake trout fishing is exceptional and the trout are in 100-150 feet of water. Flashers and squids seem to be the ticket. Some of the lake trout are running up to 20 pounds. For walleye fishermen, fishing has been really good. Fish in 6-20 feet of water. Use jigs and leeches and crankbaits for walleyes. Worm harnesses will also work. Northerns are biting good, too. Gene Moore, Lakeridge Motel, Fort Peck.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Fourchette Bay Fishermen are mainly pulling bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses. Some are using crankbaits toward the evenings and early mornings. They are catching more 2-4 pounders than they have been. I didnt hear of too many great big fish caught last weekend. Robert Twiford, Malta Marine.
Fort Peck Reservoir: Hell Creek The bite is on again, off again. All the people I talked to said it was a tough bite Monday. If the fronts coming through stop, fishing should pick up. Anglers are reporting the biggest problem is finding where the fish are. Once anglers find fish, they are catching some. Try crankbaits and cover a lot of territory until you find fish. The Jordan Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 15th annual Hell Creek Walleye tournament Friday and Saturday, so expect plenty of fishing pressure. Joe Herbold, Hell Creek Bar, Jordan.
Gallatin River It has cleaned up quite a bit and is nymphing well with stone flies. Also try attractor dry flies and caddis. Dave Yarger, Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Hauser Reservoir Walleye fishing is good in the Causeway. Try using a green floating jig head tipped with a crawler or trolling bottom bouncers and worm harnesses. Shore fishing for walleye on the Lake Helena side of the Causeway has been productive as well. A few rainbows are being caught while trolling a Rapala or perch Shad Rap around Black Sandy. Perch fishing is slow. Troy Humphrey, Helena Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Holter Reservoir Walleye fishing continues to slow up a bit, but anglers are still catching some around Cottonwood Creek, Oxbow Bend or Split Rock. Green jigs with a leech or bottom bouncers with a worm harness seem to be producing walleye, especially in the evening hours. Perch fishing is good in these areas as well. Rainbow fishing is fair to slow as they seek deeper water due to rising water temperatures. Theres ome rainbow action while trolling near Split Rock or Cottonwood Creek. Try trolling cowbells or Rapalas. Troy Humphrey, Helena Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Madison River: Ennis The river is fishing good. Hoppers and attractors, like the irresistible Wulff, royal trude, royal Wulff and parachute Adams, are working. Woolly buggers and beadhead prince nymphs are working underneath. Lots of nice large fish are being caught. Glen Gallentine, The Tackle Shop, Ennis.
Madison River: Lower The water temperature is about 76 degrees, so it is too hot to fish it right now. This is typical for the summer months on the Madison. Dave Yarger, Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.
Madison River: Upper Use ants and terrestrials. Bob Jacklin, Jacklins Fly Shop, West Yellowstone.
Martinsdale Reservoir There hasnt been a lot of fishermen at the reservoir and fishing is spotty. Mint Bar, Martinsdale.
Missouri River: Below Holter It is fishing very well. There are tricos in the morning. A small parachute Adams or a small parachute trico will work, as will a trico spinner. In the afternoon, hoppers are working well. Try a hopper with an MFG trailing. In the evenings, there has been some caddis. The flow was 3200 cfs Tuesday. Garry Stocker, Montana Fly Goods, Helena.
Nelson Reservoir Fishing is good. When anglers find fish, theyll sit and jig and do well. Most of them are pulling crankbaits around and covering some water. The main state park boat ramp is usable. Robert Twiford, Malta Marine.
Spring Creek It is fishing pretty good. Olive caddis, olive mayflies and olive midges are working. The best action is from 7 p.m. on. Hopper season is right around the corner. Charlie Pfau, Dons, Lewistown.
Stillwater River: Lower Fishing is best in the early morning and late evening. Surface action is very good with stimulators, Jack Cabes and caddis patterns. Use a prince nymph for your trailer tied with a short tippet at 8-10 inches. Hopper action is starting to pick up. Jim Yeager, Outdoor Supply of Columbus.
Stillwater River: Upper There is still caddis out in the morning and evening. There are some mayflies out on overcast days. Try stimulators, caddis, trudes and para Wulffs. For nymphs, try prince nymphs and pheasant tails. Give hoppers a try. John Pierce, Rainbow Run Fly Shop, Billings.
Tongue River Reservoir Walleye fishing is still really slow. For people who like to catch crappie and smallmouth, fishing is great. Rex Martin, Quik Sak, Sheridan.
Yellowstone National Park Right now we have good action on the Yellowstone River. There will be morning activity on caddis and PMDs. In the evening, there will be some spinner falls. The best fishing is from 8 a.m. to noon and then from 7 p.m. until dark. Bob Jacklin, Jacklins Fly Shop, West Yellowstone.
Yellowstone River: Billings They are doing all right fishing for catfish. Try shrimp and minnows. Arley Swanson, Minnow Bucket, Huntley.
Yellowstone River: Columbus The river has cleared and looks good. Fishing has been fair. There is some hopper action. Big attractor patterns are working in the morning. Were finding the best fishing in the riffles with olive buggers. Jim Yeager, Outdoor Supply of Columbus.
Yellowstone River: Laurel The river has dropped fast. The farther up you go, there is more moss. Panther Martin lures are the best bait on the river. Tom Canape, Laurel Sport Center.
Yellowstone River: Livingston The river is fishing OK. It has cleared up in the last week, but still has a little tint. Attractor flies are working and some people are using hoppers. A brown stone fly is out at night, so early morning fishing has been productive with yuk bugs and big dry flies. The flow was at about 3000 cfs Tuesday. The water temperature has dropped because of the rainfall weve had. Scott Sanchez, Dan Baileys Fly Shop, Livingston.
Northern WyomingBighorn Mountains/Cloud Peak Wilderness Area Dry flies are working pretty well on both streams and lakes. A Griffiths gnat (14-16) is working well on the lakes. Renegade patterns and a few elk-hair caddis are working on the creeks. Caleb Groteluschen, Just Gone Fishin, Buffalo.
Bighorn River The river is having a real hard time clearing up from the rain weve had. Anglers are catching fish, but its tough. The cfs was 1200 Tuesday. A yellow humpy has been doing pretty good for fly fishermen. In certain spots of the river a double renegade is producing fish. Hoppers have kicked in and anglers are using them. Ken Johnson, Canyon Sporting Goods, Thermopolis.
Boysen Reservoir Fishing has been decent. A lot of small walleyes have been caught. There was a little fishing derby last weekend. Rose Seibler of Shoshone caught a 6-pound, 6-ounce walleye. Seiblers daughter, Kari Hall, caught a 51/2-, 41/2-, and 31/2-pound walleye. The fish were caught on No. 9 Shad Raps in firetiger and clown color. Jerry Hinson, from Kansas, and his three kids caught seven nice trout in the dam area Tuesday. The water level is coming down, but anglers can launch a boat at the Brannon boat launch. Gary Hackett, Boysen Lake Marina.
Buffalo Bill Reservoir Little rainbow Rapalas are working well, as are Krocodiles. Scott Aune, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
Clarks Fork It is fishing really well. Caddis, PMDs and stones are working. Terrestrials are just getting started. Try hoppers and beetles. Scott Aune, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
Headwaters of the Tongue River Trout action is good on this stretch of water. All of the little creeks coming off the Bighorns Mountains around Sheridan are fly fishing well. Caddis, royal coachmans, mosquitoes, blue duns, hoppers and little Adams will work. Rex Martin, Quik Sak, Sheridan.
Lake DeSmet Anglers are catching plenty of rainbows using their favorite lure from the bank or boat. Guys who want to go out with a fly pole and use a hopper would probably have some luck. Rex Martin, Quik Sak, Sheridan.
Middle Fork Powder River It is really low. Some people did go fishing and did fine on little Adams flies and gray-hackled peacocks. Sheri Gould, Just Gone Fishin, Buffalo.
North Fork of the Shoshone Caddis and flavs are working. Halfbacks, princes, small hares ears and pheasant tails will work. Stimulators will also work. Through Cody, try caddis and stoneflies. Scott Aune, Absaroka Angler, Cody.
Keyhole Reservoir On Monday, anglers did well as we had a front move through. Before that fishing was slow, because weve had 90-degree temperatures. Fish in less than 10 feet of water in the early morning or late evening for walleyes. Most boat anglers are using a worm harness or bottom bouncer for walleyes. For pike, fish offshore with smelt. Krocodile or Dardevle lures will work for pike. For crappie, use a crappie rig or a minnow on a bobber. For smallmouth bass, use either lures or minnows. Dennis Tebeau, Keyhole Marina.
Ten Sleep Creek There is still some water in it. It is fishing well from the canyon and above. Hoppers are working pretty good. Meadowlark Lake is fishing well, too. At Meadowlark, use flies, Panther Martins or worms. Paint Rock Creek is fishing well, but watch out for rattlesnakes. Melanie Stine, The Outdoorsman, Worland.