Jefferson River Fishing Report

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Jefferson River Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The Jefferson is still pretty dirty but should become fishable with large streamers and nymphs soon. The vast majority of the water in the Jefferson comes from the Big Hole, which never gets truly muddy but instead turns a tannic “tea” color.  More consistent fishing on the Jeff is still a little ways away, but if you are of the mindset to swing for the fences then the Jefferson should be on your radar.

The Month Ahead:
The Jeff should produce some great fishing opportunities at the end of month and into early July as flows continue to stabilize and keep dropping. The streamer bite will be very good in late June – think big yellow rubber leg patterns.  Dragging buggers and beads will also produce. The Jeff is never a high numbers game for trout count.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Jeff isn’t the best summer option due to algae drifts and also warmer temps. Once the algae stabilizes and starts dying off later in the summer mornings can be good. It isn’t a high trout count fishery but is a nice place to see fewer boats.