Missouri River Fishing Report 05.14.2013

by | May 14, 2013 | 0 comments

With flows hovering around 3800 cfs, the Missouri River is a bit on the shallow side.  Normal flows right now are about 5200 cfs and after some discussion at Joe’s Bar a couple of nights ago, we agreed that the river is the lowest we have ever seen for this time of the year.  It has been lower, dating back ten years or better, but those flows were in August.  However, after yesterdays 85 degree temps, the rivers around southwest Montana jumped up with snow melt, sending water downstream to the Mighty Missouri.  When will the Missouri rise up?  Who knows at this point.  The fishing is great, so is the catching.  Streamers, nymphs and dry flies are producing.  We saw some serious heads two days ago above Craig.  Real risers, that were eating every 20 seconds in six inches of water.  March Browns are still popping as are BWO and midges.  A trout reel will scream when one hooks a fish in shallow water……so much fun that is.  This will be one of those seasons on the Missouri River.  Are you coming out?  October will be very solid if you happen to miss the summer craziness.

River Flows

Madison River @ Cameron: 2050 cfs….bounced big time, rising almost 500 cfs in the past two days.

Jefferson River @ Twin Bridges: 2340 cfs…..tripled in size over the past six days.

Gallatin River @ Logan: 1290 cfs….chocolate milk all the way up through YNP.

Missouri River @ Holter: 3800 cfs, clear untill the Dearborn but fishable all the way down.  Canyon Ferry is 74% full, one reason the Mo’ is low.

Dearborn River near Craig: 922 cfs.  Blown out, good for rafting and opens to fishing on May 18th.

The Ro Camino is getting a workout and I love it.  Amazing storage options, comfy ride and sweet to row.  I can roam around this boat to net fish much easier than in the past.  This week it will hit the Henry’s Fork, Hebgen Lake and hopefully the Madison.