Madison River Fishing Reports

So Close I Can Almost Taste It
JUNE 2024 UPDATED 6/13/2024  Well it’s June 13th here in Ennis and things are starting to ramp up. Town itself is getting busier by the day. We are seeing more people in the shop, the grocery store, and the restaurants. It...
FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISIN'
JUNE 2024 UPDATED 6/06/2024 Rising flows and muddy water continue to meander through the Madison Valley. Flows have jumped up substantially over the past few days. The river is currently sitting at 3050 CFS at Cameron, 1860 CFS at Kirby...
How High Is The Water, Mama?
MAY 2024 UPDATED 5/30/2024  We’re only a few weeks out from the fly fishing world descending upon Ennis, Montana as runoff rescinds itself into the back of our minds. Plan on seeing plenty of mud and water make its way through...
Whether you like it or not!
MAY 2024 UPDATED 5/27/2024  Welcome to late May! Although sun is in the forecast, be prepared for all weather conditions as June approaches. The snow storms last week have accumulated in the mountains, so with temperatures reaching the high 70s in...
STUCK IN WARMER WEATHER
MAY 2024 UPDATED 5/16/2024  Mid May is always a transitional period here in the Madison valley and this year is no different. Warmer weather in the past few days along with a significant amount of rain have added some flow and...
GOIN DOWN THE RUN FEELIN' BAD
APRIL 2024 UPDATED 4/19/2024  We're over half way through April and the spring fishing remains consistent here on the Upper Madison. We have been blessed with a touch more snow earlier this week which is always welcome this time of year....
Ain't Life Grand
APRIL 2024 UPDATED 4/12/2024  These last few days have been simply gorgeous in the Madison Valley, and I expect this weekend's weather to be no different. As long as you can put up with some rain, thunder, and potential wind, everything...
MARCH MADNESS
UPDATED 3/26/2024 As of March 26th, the Ennis town ramp and Windy Point are still closed. Varney Bridge to the Lake is now barbless only, be sure to pinch your barbs.  Cold rain and snow is imminent as we approach...
THE GALES OF NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 2023 UPDATED 11/10/2023  The legend lives on! November has brought mild temperatures to the Madison Valley with only one great snowfall to date. Water levels are still looking great as we’re sitting around 1060 CFS at Cameron and 825 CFS...
A COLD WINDS A BLOWIN' AT MY DOOR
SEPTEMBER 2023 UPDATED 9/14/2023  Fall is starting to set in here in the Madison Valley. Afternoon rain storms, cooler nights, and crisp, cool air have been a refreshing change from the summer heat. Hebgen Lake is amazingly still at 93% full....
Let The Good Times Roll
AUGUST 2023  UPDATED 8/24/2023  We’re approaching the end of August and things are starting to heat up. The annual Ennis Fly Fishing & Outdoor Festival is returning to town this weekend on August 26th & 28th. We’re proud to be...
Days Between
AUGUST 2023 UPDATED 8/03/2023  Fishing on the Upper remains solid, if somewhat unpredictable. Rainy cool weather this week has given us and the fish a reprieve from the full sun and 90 degree days we’ve faced for most of July. The...
THE WEIGHT OF GOLD
JULY 2023 UPDATED 7/27/2023  We’re entering the final days of July and there’s mixed reports left, right, upside-down and sideways. As Robert wrote much finer than I could, “Heard some say better run away - others say you better stand still”....
FORTUNE COMES A CRAWLIN...
JULY 2023UPDATED 7/13/2023 Summer is in full swing, and July is bringing clear skies and a break from the rain. The Lower Madison River has recently been subjected to hoot owl restrictions, beginning on July 12th. This is three days...
FUELIN' MY DREAMS EATING GREENS AND BEANS
JUNE 2023 UPDATED 6/22/2023 It’s almost game-on here in the Madison valley as runoff is slowly coming to an end. Recent rain storms have made water clarity slightly murkier but conditions should clear up by this weekend. Your best bet...
TROUT DREAMS
JUNE 2023UPDATED 6/08/2023 Runoff on the Madison peaked May 30th at around 4800 cfs at the Varney Bridge gauge. We are currently in the later stages of runoff. The dam has been dropping 10% a day for the last 10...
TROUT DREAMS
JUNE 2023  UPDATED 6/01/2023  ***DO NOT FLOAT BETWEEN LYONS BRIDGE AND PALISADES FAS***  We’re in the midst of spring runoff in the Madison Valley and water levels are only going up from here. Starting May 26th, NorthWestern Energy will be...
BLACK MUDDY RIVER, ROLL
MAY 2023UPDATED 5/25/2023 We’re in the midst of spring runoff in the Madison Valley and water levels are only going up from here. Starting May 26th, NorthWestern Energy will be increasing the volume of water releases from Hebgen Dam to...
SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM!
MAY 2023 UPDATED 5/18/2023 Well, our friendly neighbors to the north are giving us some early season smoke to go along with our increasing temperatures. This of course means that even though we can’t see the mountains, the snow is...
HOT AS A PISTOL BUT COOL INSIDE
MAY 2023 UPDATED 5/12/2023 We are getting closer to summer and it is sure starting to feel like it. The weather over the last week has been going up and down, we’ve had warmer days in the upper 60’s with...
HOW HIGH'S THE WATER, MAMA?
MAY 2023UPDATED 5/05/2023 Welcome to the early days of spring runoff. The Upper Madison is rising with the warmer temperatures and we’re seeing high turbidity closer to town. The West Fork of the Madison is starting to pump in a...