The Yellowstone National Park fishing season comes to a close on Sunday November 3, 2019, and with that we bid adieu to the 2019 Big Sky Country fishing season. It’s been one for the books! 

This season flew by. It feels like there’s no way it could possibly be over, but Old Man Winter arrived early to Big Sky Country, and he’s not messing around. Some years it’s still warm and sunny for the last weekend of the season, and we’re left wondering why we can’t just keep fishing for a few weeks. This year there’s no doubt that it’s time to wrap things up, stoke the woodstove, and settle in for the off season. 

This past week has been a little “Western” to say the least. High temps had a hard time breaking out of the teens, and morning lows dropped to the teens Below zero. 

Don’t swap those rod boxes on the top of your rig for ski racks just yet! As the final days tick off the calendar Mother Nature is giving us one last window of opportunity this weekend after what has been a bitterly cold week. The forecast is calling for daytime highs to reach the upper 30’s on Saturday and Sunday, a tropical heatwave compared to what we’ve seen lately.

This will be our last weekly fishing report for the season. Stay tuned for our Year In Review report in the coming weeks, and updates from West Yellowstone and Patagonia throughout the winter. 

As always, if you find yourself in West Yellowstone this winter, please swing by and say Hi! If you need help planning your next adventure to Big Sky Country or down to Patagonia, give us a call or drop a line anytime. 

Thanks to all of our readers, and customers for making this the greatest gig a bunch of trout bums could ever dream of!

West Yellowstone Forecast

MT Streamflows

ID Streamflows


For our last report of the season we’re sharing a couple of fun comic strips featuring none other than our fearless leaders, J3. 

For weeks we’ve been talking about the best fall fishing options in Big Sky Country. Nothing has changed in these final days. And, if you’re dedicated enough to be here during the last weekend, you probably don’t need much help finding the best fishing. 

So, here’s a fun look at where J3 will be spending the last days of the season. 

In keeping with the bitterly cold conditions we’ve dealt with, there’s an added bonus “It’s So Cold…” joke. 

Stay Warm!