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Madison River Fishing Report

January 15, 2020

January has seen a fair bit of different weather, from frigid bluebird days to blustery snow storms. The outlook is pretty fishy, hence the mid-winter report update. It’s 10 degrees out here this morning and the river is stuffed full of ice. Tomorrow looks like it will bounce out of the freezing range and into the 40s! The warm weather hangs around for several days in the long-range forecast, which based on the winter so far, will make for very floatable conditions. 

Midges are the target for dry flies. Look for warm, overcast days, and head up river around Pine Butte, $3 Bridge and Reynold’s Pass. Fish the slicks behind big boulders during the mid-morning and you should find some rainbows poking their heads up. 

Nymphing is pretty simple at the moment. A medium-sized, black girdle bug followed by an egg is about all you need. A zebra midge is also a good bottom fly right now. There are a bunch of fish eating eggs on rainbow redds right now. But for numbers, you’ll want to target the A+ water – deep and slow. 

We’re going to get out there for this warm weather system coming in. We’ll update you once we do!

See you on the river,



Upper Madison River Flows near Cameron, MT




Upper Madison River Water Temperature



Lower Madison River Flows below Ennis Dam


Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000


Lower Madison River Water Temperature below Ennis Dam


Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000




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