Missouri River Fishing Report

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Missouri River Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The fishing on the upper waters is on the slower side but the tailwater section near Craig is still a great choice. The temperature moderation provided by the dam near Wolf Creek produces ice free waters all winter. The key when fishing the Missouri is to seek out the runs that hold trout in the winter. Look for the slower seems below islands or on the edges of big eddies as well as the slower water drop offs after a riffle to hold winter fish. Nymping hot bead sow bugs trailed by midge larva is a safe bet. The Mo produces some decent midge hatches and if you get the right day you can find some rising fish. 

The Month Ahead:
The fishing on the upper waters can produce some nice rainbows that are in the river from Canyon Ferry but it is never a high numbers game. The water below Craig will fish well on nymphs but also some dry action on midges and early baetis. Wind can be an issue but the trout should still be feeding in the afternoon hours on a daily basis.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Mo should produce all spring but many of the rainbows will move out of the main river and into the tributaries. Some nice browns can be caught in the spring and remain in the main river.