Lower Madison Fishing Report June 9, 2018

Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/11/2018

Jun, 11 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison continues to improve as the water level drops and visibility increases. Underwater weed beds are now visible! As of Monday morning flows are down to 3,500 cfs. This is still high, but much lower than we've seen in weeks. Fish are still concentrated along the banks and around rocks and weed beds. PMDs and Little Yellow Sallies are hatching mid day, with Caddis coming off in the evening, giving the trout a variety of menu items. Nymphing will most likely produce the most fish. Zirdle bugs, worms, caddis pupa and standard beadhead nymphs have been working. The old standbys -- crayfish and scuds -- are also putting fish in the net. Sculpins, which are known for their poor swimming abilities, are ending up in trout bellies. Drift them under a bobber or swing or strip them. Streamer fishing has remained decent. Small articulated patterns plopped along the banks are turning heads. Slower retrieves seem to be working better, as are natural and dark colors. The cooler weather should put off the bikini hatch for a bit, so the river will be open throughout the day.


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