Missouri River Fishing Report

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Missouri River Montana

Current Conditions:
The fishing on the upper waters is slowing down 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.  Nymphing hot bead sow bugs trailed by midge larva is a safe bet.

The Month Ahead:
The Mo should produce all winter. Later winter will see some decent midge hatches and a chance for dry fly fishing. Wind can be an issue in the winter but the trout should still be feeding in the afternoon hours on a daily basis.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Missouri below the dam at Wolf Creek is a good winter fishery. Nymphing the slower seams will be the staple until the stronger midge hatches arrive in the later winter and early spring.