Madison River Fishing Report 1/16/2016 – Keeping things short

When the middle of winter rolls around in southwest Montana, fishing ventures are all about keeping things short. When it’s ten degrees outside during the warmest part of the day, like it was yesterday for Parker and I up around the Pine Butte area of the upper Madison, there aren’t many mortal human beings that can keep their extremities warm enough to fish effectively for very long. 

Keeping active in the winter

Some fishing guides head south in the winter to warmer climes, bikini-clad women, bonefish, tarpon, blue skies, and cold coronas. Others, like ourselves, hole up back on the Madison studying the forecast for dry fly days, and burning skis in sacrifice to Ullr for more powder to ride. In between the powder days and rising fish, many of our summer time friends and visitors are always curious about what we do in the winter. Find your own beach, right?

2015 Annual FWP Madison River Report

Every Year since 1990, Montana FWP has received funding from dam operators to complete a fisheries study on the Madison River Drainage. Recently, in December, the 2015 Annual Report was completed. These studies report on the effects of hydropower operations at both Hebgen and Ennis dams on all fisheries. This includes basic populations parameters of Rainbow and Brown Trout populations in the Madison, information on monitoring efforts of recent (2014) introduction attempts for native Arctic Grayling, and conservation of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the Madison River drainage. 


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