Big Hole…Good News and So-So News

Big Hole: Trout numbers better than last year but still below average DUNCAN ADAMS Montana Standard 50 mins ago Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Conservation Technician Lucas Bateman nets a fish while performing an electrofishing survey on the Big Hole River in...

June 7…2024. Muddy Waters

Upper Madison is high and muddy…so is the Gallatin, Jefferson, Yellowstone and most other rivers in SW Montana. The Lower Madison is not bad because most of the mud from the Upper Madison settles out in Ennis Lake. Quite a few float trips are taking place on the...

OOOh That Smell!

Mystery snails, pond loaches, trout that glow in the dark. Something rotten at FWP? This is a Dojo Loach…a popular freshwater aquarium fish from Asia. One was found recently in a pond near Bozeman. There are over 10,000 such “ponds” currently in...

Blocked

And of course this is happening right under our noses in the Madison Valley as we speak. RB CONSERVATION  PUBLIC LANDS & WATERS In a Tale as Old as the West, Wealthy Californians Moved to Montana and Blocked Historic River Access A conflict in the state’s...

After The Dam Broke…How Is The Madison Doing?

According to MT FWP Region 3 fisheries biologist Mike Duncan, the kids are alright. Nearly three years later all is calm. all is bright. Well…not a bright as it used to be… but still not bad. Actually, I’m not real clear on the fish numbers. FWP says...

May…2024.

May 18 is official Opening Day of Montana fishing season (third Sat. in May). Let the runoff begin. River is muddy and higher…2200cfs at Varney. Gonna be while. Lower Mad is still fishable. Take a breather.

2024 Yellowstone Nat’l. Park Fishing Preview

Twenty-four inch cutts, sixteen inch grayling, Grebe Lake, Yellowstone Lake, Buffalo Creek, Gibbon R….fishing in the Park is looking good for 2024…and you might see some Harlequin Ducks! All you need to know below. RB Yellowstone fisheries chief highlights...

Montana: Is There Grizzly Bear Hunting in Our Future?

The answer is maybe, possibly, could be. With an estimated population of over 1100 bears in the GYE (Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park), the grizzlies are doing pretty well. Selective hunting of the...

Big Hole Crisis…Real Or Fake?

What do we believe? Are anecdotal reports from fishing guides accurate? Or does science rule? What does “good fishing” really mean? So many questions. My personal feeling is that the Big Hole and Jefferson are suffering from years of low, hot water. In the...