Lower Madison Fishing Report
The Lower is a favorite early spring fishery of ours. The trout are holding in the slower and deeper runs so make sure to stop and work this type of water. Most of the faster riffles will still be devoid of trout, however look to the edges of these riffles to find rising fish if there's a hatch. Fishing closer to Beartrap Canyon is usually a better bet when looking for rising fish. Float fishing isn’t as productive but using a boat to hop from run to run isn’t a bad idea. Nymphing is the best option but slow stripping streamers can also produce. Watching out for midge and BWO hatches can make for some excellent early spring dry fly fishing. Down and across swinging streamers can be a fun way to cover the water in the Lower as well. For nymphs, something big and buggy on top is a good idea including a sculpin, crayfish, yuk bug or san juan worm. Smaller patterns for a dropper including small pink lightning bugs, cdc baetis nymphs, pheasant tails and egg patterns are good options. When big cold snaps come through the river tends to get slushy and can become tough to fish. Keep an eye out for warm spells to try to hit the Lower's best winter fishing.
The Month Ahead:
The Lower fishes well most of the winter and just gets better as we move into the spring. Severe cold snaps can send slush down the river and the wind can really howl on some days so checking the wind forecast is always a good idea.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
Basically a broken record of the information above. Midge & BWO hatches get stronger later in the spring otherwise it is a pretty similar game on the Lower in the cold weather months.