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Bud Lilly's Trout Shop

P.O. Box 530
West Yellowstone,
MT 59758

Email: info@budlillys.com
Phone: 406-646-7801
Fax: 406-646-9370

Bud Lilly's West Yellowstone Area Fishing Report

Date: May 20, 2015


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General Info

Montana's general fishing opener was last Saturday the 16th and came in like a lion with heavy wet snow, up to a foot, and rain. Those that ventured out had varying degrees of success but water levels were generally good. This Saturday May 23 is the Yellowstone Park opener - look for water levels on the West side to near mid June levels. Still about 40-50% of normal snow pack up high but cooler temps are holding the snow levels steady. Highs in the low to mid 60s lows high 20s to high 30s next week.

Madison River

Flow at Hebgen is 530 cfs as they work to fill the Lake - now projected by mid June. Good chance of rain showers over the next week and warmer temps could have the lake filled sooner. At Kirby Place flow is 892 cfs, so while Cabin and Beaver Creeks are off color. Raynolds Pass, $3 and the water above West Fork has 2-3 feet of visibility and fishing well. Look for BWOs and March Browns and even a few caddis on warmer afternoons. Stone fly nymph with a dropper along the banks should produce as well.

Gallatin River

The Gallatin off color from the Taylor Fork to Bozeman.


Hebgen – 94% full. Buggers, leeches and cray fish patterns. Midges are popping on warm afternoons.

Quake Lake - wait

Henry's Lake – Opens May 23 - fish the shallows

Yellowstone Park

Yellowstone Park fishing opens May 23 - including Yellowstone Lake. Permit fees stayed the same this year - $18 for 3 Day, $25 for 7 Day and $40 for the Season.

Road Construction between Norris and Mammoth continues this year. Craig Pass (Old Faithful to Lake) opens June 15 30 minute delays. 60's with afternoon thunderstorms should provide a good opening weekend on the Firehole and Madison -- soft hackle fare with caddis, PMDs and BWOs should make the day. Lots of new patterns to check out at the shop.

Henry's Fork

Flows into the Box at 720 cfs. With IP res is full. Rubber legs and zebra midges.

Last Chance area above the Ranch - BWOs and March Browns.

Warm River to Ashton - fishing very well with Salmon Flies and Golden Stones - lots of caddis too. We did well last week on the Still Stone and Drowned Golden.

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