Madison River Fishing Report

madison river fishing report 5-26-2018

Madison River Fishing Report for May 26th, 2018

Dam: 2,470 cfs

Kirby: 3,530 cfs

Varney: 5,470 cfs

The Upper Madison hit 3,500 cfs at the Kirby gauge this morning, and flows out of Hebgen are projected to stay at roughly 2,500 cfs through Tuesday for the scheduled flush from NorthWestern Energy.  While we were told that this would last for three days there is still a good chance that flows will hold at this level until the water coming into Hebgen begins to drop.  As of yesterday there was almost double the amount of water coming into the reservoir than what is coming out and with some heavy rain in the forecast this week it won’t be long until Hebgen is at full pool.  Currently the lake is over 90% full with a lot of water from Yellowstone National Park still to come, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next two weeks.  Cabin and Beaver Creeks have been spewing chocolate milk for over a week now and the mud finally made it through Quake two nights ago, dropping visibility to around 8-10 inches and brown.

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Madison River Fishing Report

madison river fishing report 5-14-2018

Madison River Fishing Report for May 14th, 2018

Dam: 1,390 cfs

Kirby: 1,850 cfs

Varney: 2,590 cfs

Madison River fishing report.  The Upper Madison has seen a drop in flows over the last week, as North Western energy looks to fill Hebgen Lake in order that have enough water for the big flush taking place around June 1st.  In case you haven’t heard, they will be flushing the river around the first of the month and you can expect approximately 3,200 cfs pouring out of Hebgen for at least three days.  In the meantime, we are still sitting at roughly 14″ of green visibility above the West Fork of the Madison and the Upper 10 miles have been fishing well with both nymphs and streamers.  If you are looking to float the river we would suggest doing a shorter one right now and pulling over to work obvious holding areas rather than fishing it on the roll, as the visibility above Windy Point down to Ennis is around 8-10 inches.

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