Madison River - Below Ennis Lake, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Madison River - Below Ennis Lake, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Look for fish to be holding down in the deeper buckets, but sometimes they will come up to feed in riffles. Be Aware of COVID-19 restrictions.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Madison River is currently Good

Water flow: 1,460 cfs

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 33 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: Ennis Dam to Blacks Ford

Best access point: Ennis Dam, Beartrap Canyon trailhead

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: October 15 - April 15)

Nearest airport: Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana

Madison River, Below Ennis Lake Description

The Lower Madison is has some of the best trout populations of the entire river. Bear Trap Canyon is a rugged wilderness area with more of a freestone feel. As the river comes out of the Trap it flows through a more agricultural landscape and provides miles of great fishing for brown and Rainbow trout.

Techniques & Tips

Worms, crayfish, egg patterns, midges and small mayfly nymphs have all been working pretty well. There has been moments of dry fly action with midges, but nymphing is definitely most productive.

7-Day Forecast

The warmer weather has cleared the lower Madison river. Look for fish rising to midges. There are spots where pods of fish are coming up and it can make for some fun, productive fishing.

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