MONTANA: Fishing the Runs out of Lakes can be Great this Time of Year

As we move into the late fall there is still some very good fishing opportunities to be had.

The morning fishing is pretty tough with the colder temperatures, but the late morning and afternoon hours have been very productive. The baetis hatch is still coming off but will be winding down by the end of November.

Browns are spawning, or will be spawning soon and have moved upriver and into larger tributaries. Fishing some of the runs out of lakes can be a great bet this time of year.

The spring creeks are now on winter rates and are still fishing great. Miles guided at DePuy spring creek the other day and they had consistent action and were able to throw dries over the baetis hatch for about two and a half hours after lunch. The best bets right now are probably the Upper and Lower Madison, Gallatin and Spring Creeks. Some of the options in Yellowstone Park are also fishing well such as the Madison, Gardiner and the Lewis Channel.

In general, the best fishing will be with nymph rigs before and after the hatch. On the spring creeks and occassionally on the other fisheries you can also throw baetis dries and emergers during the hatch. Browns are still hitting streamers but as the water temps drop you need to slow the retrieve and get closer to the bottom.

Montana Angler
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