Yellowstone River Fishing Report for 11/15/15

Sunday, 15 Nov, 2015
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Angler Traffic
Fish Caught
4-8 fish
The river has only a tinge of color from some of the valley snow melting. The past week has had very good nymph fishing. Soft hackles and little midge nymphs have been a must have for your fly box. The fish are also feeding on dead drifted streamers. The cold water temps make the fish not want to have to chase something down that is moving fast. Dead drift a medium sized streamer through the bottom of deep holes that the fish love to spend the winter. BOATERS BEWARE!!!! Floating downstream from Carters Bridge is becoming dangerous, there is a major hydraulic just downstream from Carters Bridge that has become very nasty, several other hydraulics further downstream from Carters Bridge have become extremely turbulent as well, floating this section should only be done by very experienced oarsmen. If you are going to put in at Carters use extreme caution navigating these holes and bring a raft, floating this section in a drift boat is NOT recommended. Be safe and good luck!
Start Time:
10:30 AM
End Time:
4:30 AM
Fishing Water Report
Scenic, beautiful and rich in history, this northeasterly flowing river is thought to have acquired its name from the Minnetaree Indians whom were struck by the unique, yellow-colored ... moresandstone lining the river’s lower bluffs. Translated by early French trappers as Roche Jaune, {Yellow Rock} the river kept this moniker until Lewis and Clark recorded their translation into Yellow Stone, a name that took hold and remains today. The river may be better known in history as an escape route after General Custer and his 7thCalvary, were soundly defeated by the Lakota Indians at the Battle of Bighorn. The few remaining survivors were ferried down the Yellowstone to Fort Abraham Lincoln along the Missouri River.

Today, the awe-inspiring river is closely associated with the Wyoming based Yellowstone National Park and the other great recreational fishing rivers that cluster within the southwestern corner of Montana. The Yellowstone itself is officially classed as a Blue Ribbon stream in Montana, from the Park to its confluence with the Boulder River east of Livingston and from the Rosebud Creek to the North Dakota border, and is the longest undammed river in the lower 48. The absence of dams along the river results in favorable habitat for trout from high inside the Park, downstream to Gardiner, the Paradise Valley, Livingston and to Big Timber, a length of nearly 200 miles.

Many consider the area around Paradise Valley to be the most favorable in Montana, especially near Livingston. Here you can expect to lure brown trout, rainbow trout and native yellowstone cutthroat trout as well as rocky mountain whitefish. Further along, from Billings to the North Dakota border, burbot, channel catfish, paddlefish, sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye and the occasional pallid sturgeon can be found. The section of the river from Mallard’s Rest to Carter’s Bridge is known both for its magnificent scenery and abundant fishing. Here you will find yourself in the midst of snow-capped mountains, the Absaroka to the east and the Gallatin to the west, and a landscape dotted with elk, fox and other wildlife. You’ll also discover meandering streams and creeks that flow into the Yellowstone. Many, such as the DePuy Spring Creek, are highly ranked, and like the main river, are full of rainbow and brown trout.
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27 acres
5,013 ft
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