Yellowstone River Fishing Report

Friday, January 6, 2017

Current Conditions:

The river is still a good option closer to Gardiner but the lower river develops a lot of ice shelves and becomes difficult to fish.  Plan on fishing the after lunch hours with nymphing being the staple.  Rubber legs trailed by a prince is as fancy as you need to get.  The most important thing is to find a nice winter holding run with steady slow current and a few feet of depth. 

The Month Ahead:

The ‘Stone will be a tough option once the big ice shelves begin to form and the slush is in the river.  The best winter fishing tends to be up near Gardiner

Long Term Fishing Forecast:

The Yellowstone isn’t the best winter fishery. The Gallatin, Lower Madison and the spring creeks in Paradise Valley are usually a better choice once ice becomes a factor on this big freestone river. Early spring offers improved fishing as ice shelves give way and fish become more active.