Missouri River Fishing Report

Friday, July 23, 2021
Missouri River Montana

Current Conditions:

***Hoot owl restrictions for portions of the Missouri River from Town of Cascade Boat Ramp to Holter Dam. Fishing must be done between midnight and 2pm to protect trout from warmer late day water temperatures***

The Missouri near Craig and Wolf creek is producing some daily morning trico action and rising trout. Terrestrials are more important after lunch and nymphing the seams and riffles also can produce with small technical patterns. Water temps are cool closer to the dam but higher on the lower reaches so fish early in the day.

The Month Ahead:

The Mo won’t change too much in the coming weeks. Tricos early and terrestrials later. Weed growth peaks in August which limits nymphing a bit but early dry fly action can be good on tricos.

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Missouri is a tailwater and always produces.  In the fall the baetis hatch can produce nice fishing on a cloudy day. The Upper Missouri is also a great September and October location and some large trout move up out of the lakes.