Madison River Fishing Reports

BIG DREAMS, BIGGER BUGS
JUNE 2024 UPDATED 6/27/2024  We’re in the heat of the salmonfly hatch on the Upper Madison. Big bugs can be found throughout the river and are making their way farther up by the day. Golden Stones, Caddis, and Yellow Sally’s are...
IF I TOLD YOU ALL THAT WENT DOWN..
JUNE 2024UPDATED 6/20/2024 Summer has arrived in Ennis, Montana! Main Street is seeing an increased jump in bipedalism and excitement of the new season is beginning to fill the air. All the brutally cold days of January and February seem...
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...
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...
THE HEAT IS ON
September 2022UPDATED 9/02/2022 Montana FWP will be conducting their Fall shocking of the Upper Madison on the following dates: Pine Butte: September 8th, 9th, 12th and Septemper 19th - 21st. Varney: September 14th - 16th and September 22nd, 23rd and...
FLIGHT OF THE TERRESTRIAL
August 2022UPDATED 8/22/2022 Hoot Owl Restrictions are being implemented on the Lower Madison from the confluence of the Jefferson River up to the Ennis Lake Dam. This week on the Madison River has been hot and sunny, we’ve experienced very...
THE STORYTELLER MAKES NO CHOICE
August 2022 UPDATED 8/15/2022  Hoot Owl Restrictions are being implemented on the Lower Madison from the confluence of the Jefferson River up to the Ennis Lake Dam. The Upper Madison is on Hoot Owl restrictions from Eight Mile Ford down to...
I SPENT A LITTLE TIME ON THE MOUNTAIN!
August 2022 UPDATED 8/5/2022  With the past week being extremely warm, Eight Mile ford fishing access to Ennis Lake has been put on Hoot Owl restrictions, meaning that section of river is closest to all angling at 2:00 P.M. Due to the...
Summer Sun
July 2022   UPDATED 7/22/2022  NOTICE - Hoot Owl has been implemented on the Lower Madison River today. No fishing after 2PM on the entire river below Ennis Dam. It’s shaping up to be another lovely week here in the Madison Valley. Nighttime...
THE BIG BUG
July 2022  UPDATED 7/09/2022   Salmonflies are coming off in full force from palisades up to quake lake, and have come and gone through the lower sections of the river. Even without the big bugs, the fishing on the lower portions of...
Muddy Waters
June 2022UPDATED 6/20/2022* *Monday Morning Update* The Madison is still blown out and colored brown. Both the town takeout and Valley Garden are currently closed. UPDATED 6/17/2022 It’s an incredibly special day for not only Trout Stalkers, but all residents...
5 FEET HIGH AND RISING
June 2022  UPDATED 6/13/2022  What a weekend for weather here in the Madison Valley! We witnessed thunder, lightning, and even a fair share of precipitation. Virginia City was declared the music capital of the world on Saturday. A huge thank...
WET AND WILD
June 2022 Updated 6/03/2022  This past week we have been blessed with a lot of moisture here in the Madison Valley. River flows bumped up to 2000 CFS on Sunday and have started to taper down to around 1240 CFS (Cameron...