The past few days here in West Yellowstone have been snowy followed by bits of sunshine. The rest of MT has rolled into Spring, but Mother Nature just won’t allow us to keep with the Jones. This morning at 7 am it was 23 degrees……burrrrr. These cold overnight temps don’t allow Hebgen to thaw very quickly, however, this weekend it is supposed to be in the 70’s and that will definitely bring down some of our snow.
I would expect the MT General Season Opener (May 17th, 2008) on the Madison to be outstanding. The river should hold for another week or so, completely dependent on the weather might I add. One of these days we are going to see big water on the Madison. When we do, wading anglers as well as floaters will want to be extra careful when rowing or wading. Things can get out of hand quickly and where you crossed the river last May, won’t work this year. Personally, I can’t wait to see the river run big again. Most folks who are new to fishing in the last 8 years have never seen the Madison at normal spring flows and might be a bit surprised to see it flow somewhere around 3000 cfs for several weeks.
Yesterday afternoon, PPL bumped up the flow from 776 to 861. This seems to put the fish off for a day or so and will ultimitely push them to the banks once it gets higher. I have emailed Lance Elias at PPL to see if he plans on bumping the flows prior to this weekend. I will post what I find………stay tuned.