Missouri River Fishing Report

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Missouri River Montana

Current Conditions:

This is a great time to fish the Missouri from the headwaters all the way down to Cascade.  The upper river near Townsend has some big fish that have moved in from the lake and it isn’t uncommon to find some large rainbows over 20” sipping baetis dries on a cloudy day.  Stripping streamers on the slow seams or dead drifting zonkers trailed by a baetis emerger or egg pattern is also productive.  The Missouri between the lakes is seeing some pressure in the Land of the Giants as big lake run fish have moved in.  It is mostly a rainbow game and most of the browns come in very late.  The tailwater area near Craig should see some surface action over the baetis mayfly in the afternoon and the streamer bite is improving.

The Month Ahead:

The Mo is a great November fishery with lingering baetis hatches and some big lake run fish.  Although there aren’t a lot of big lake run browns on the Mo you have a shot at some over 25” if you put in a lot of time.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Missouri below the dam at Wolf Creek is a good winter fishery.  Nymphing the slower seams will always produce some fish when you need to shake off the winter blues.