Madison River at Kirby Ranch nr Cameron MT

  • Temperature: 40.1 ° F
  • Streamflow: 693 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 1.57 ft
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Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 17th, 2022 5/23 Flow & Clarity Update  The Upper Madison is still running clear in the wade stretch between Quake and Lyons and the float stretch is running with just a tinge of green below Palisdades.  Flows out of Hebgen dropped to 405 cfs as of yesterday as Northwestern Energy is making sure they can fill Hebgen Lake by the end of June.  Flows at the Kirby gauge are 619 cfs and Varney is running at 795 cfs. We expect the clarity to get worse from Lyon’s down to Ennis with the warm weather [...]

By |2022-05-24T13:27:57+00:00May 17th, 2022|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 2nd, 2022 Dam: 640 cfs Kirby: 710 cfs Varney: 789 cfs The Upper Madison continues to fish well this Spring, and we have a little more water to work with since our last report.  Flows out of Hebgen were brought up to 640 cfs last week, and will probably remain there for another 4-6 weeks until the reservoir starts to hit that upper 80 to low 90 percentile.  It’ll be awhile, but we think it will get pretty close to full pool this year as spring storms continue to fill our mountains with wet [...]

By |2022-05-09T17:32:06+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for April 21st, 2022 Dam: 537 cfs Kirby: 627 cfs Varney: 692 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing well, but we are still in the midst of an extremely low water situation so be sure to use caution if you choose to float…there are rocks being hit out there that haven’t seen fiberglass in a very, very long time.  You can expect to see flows out of Hebgen Dam between 480-600 cfs for at least another month, as NorthWestern Energy tries to bring the reservoir up to full pool by the end of June.  Once [...]

By |2022-04-22T15:45:43+00:00April 21st, 2022|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for March 23rd, 2022 Dam: 565 cfs Kirby: 643 cfs Varney: 673 cfs And….we’re back.  We took a little hiatus from the Upper Madison this Winter in order to give the fish a break from the Hebgen Dam catastrophe that happened last Fall, but we have been hitting the river consistently over the last several weeks and fishing has been very good.  It’s going to be a little boney with regard to river flows this Spring, as our snowpack in the Madison range is currently sitting at 80% and Hebgen is only 68% full.  Our guess [...]

By |2022-03-23T22:50:41+00:00March 23rd, 2022|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for September 4th, 2021 Hebgen Dam: 854 cfs Kirby: 953 cfs Varney: 983 cfs It’s starting to feel a lot more like early Fall than late Summer around SW Montana. The leaves are starting to change, nighttime lows have been dipping into the 30’s, and people are starting to head up into the mountains with archery season kicking off this morning.  The sky is still a little smokey around here, but not nearly as bad as what we saw in July and early August, and fishing has been pretty day to day on the old Upper [...]

By |2021-09-05T03:28:43+00:00September 4th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for July 30th, 2021 Dam: 1,350 cfs Kirby: 1,500 cfs Varney: 1,520 cfs The Upper Madison remains on Hoot Owl restrictions until further notice.  This means that angling is permitted from the headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to the mouth of the Missouri between the hours of midnight and 2:00 p.m..  At 2:00 p.m. you gotta reel it up and head for the ramp, and we anticipate this to continue on until September.  The good news is that water temps and river flows are still about average for late July and we are finally getting a break [...]

By |2021-07-30T23:15:58+00:00July 30th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for July 19th, 2021 Dam: 1,150 cfs Kirby: 1,320 cfs Varney: 1,350 cfs *** 7/21/21 Update*** The Entire Madison River is on Hoot Owl Restrictions as of July 21st until further notice.  Anglers may fish between the hours of midnight and 2:00 p.m. but no fishing is permitted between the hours of 2 – 11:59 p.m.  It’s been a hot one out there and the smoke isn’t helping either, but we are still getting some good fishing in during the morning and early afternoon hours.  The Goose Fire has grown to over 6,000 acres since our last [...]

By |2021-07-30T23:30:20+00:00July 19th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for July 10th, 2021   Dam: 1,160 cfs Kirby: 1,420 cfs Varney: 1,560 cfs Despite the warmer temperatures, smokey skies, and below average flows, the Upper Madison continues to hold its own and the fishing is still pretty damn good out there.  As is per usual during the Salmonfly hangover in mid July, we are seeing a lot more smaller fish come to the dry in addition to some very nice ones, but they are still looking up for a variety of caddis, PMDs, Sallies, and Eperous. […]

By |2021-07-11T00:57:58+00:00July 11th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 24th, 2021 Dam: 924 cfs Kirby: 1,250 cfs Varney: 1,400 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing very well over the last week, and dry flies are finally on the menu. In all but the upper most reaches you can expect to see a large variety of caddis, PMDs, yellow sallies, a few green drakes, golden stones, and salmon flies and fish have been looking up consistently throughout the day.  The river is running at below average flows for this time of year, but there is plenty of water to keep the banks full [...]

By |2021-06-25T03:36:55+00:00June 25th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 29th, 2021 Dam: 460 cfs Kirby: 886 cfs Varney: 1,360 cfs It’s been a crazy month here in southwest Montana, with seventy degree blue bird days, cold rain and snow, and everything in between.  The good news is that our last storm brought our snowpack levels up over twenty percent and we are now sitting at roughly 70% in the Madison Range.  Flows out of Hebgen are still crazy low for this time of year and will continue to stay that way until the reservoir gets closer to full pool.  Obviously this is less [...]

By |2021-05-30T01:45:04+00:00May 30th, 2021|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

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