The Lower Madison has been a good option lately, while flows have been on the higher side, and you can see some color entering the river, it has been fishing well and is on the drop. Caddis, Yellow Sallies and PMDs are beginning to get started and will improve as we progress further into June. Flows are dropping but surface activity will be hit or miss until flows drop a bit more. When you're seeing bugs on the surface but not fish rising be prepared with a variety of subsurface options from nymphs to emergers of yellow sallies, caddis, PMDs, and stoneflies. Most of the hatches will be thicker around the banks, focus on the soft water around structure but fish can move into the shallow water during hatches and active feeding. Fishing the canyon is a good option for those looking to get some steps in and has the potential for salmonflies.
The Warm Springs access site and boat ramp has just reopened and is now an option to launch and gain access.
The Months Ahead:
The lower will continue to see good fishing in the coming months. PMDs will continue to become more abundant, combined with sporadic caddis and stonefly opportunities the fishing on the lower will only improve as flows regulate.