Biologists report record-level trout numbers on the Missouri River.
March 21, 2013 12:05 am • By EVE BYRON Independent Record
It's a good time to be trout fishing in Montana.
Biologists with Fish, Wildlife & Parks said fish surveys on the Missouri River in the past few years have shown record or near-record numbers of rainbow and brown trout. For example, they estimated 7,312 rainbow trout greater than 10 inches long per mile near the town of Cascade, compared to a long-term average of 3,036 for that stretch of river, according to Grant Grisak, a FWP fisheries biologist.
This week I will heading over to Fort Smith, MT to start the season off on the Big Horn River. I am excited to get things started and get back in the rowers seat. My first trip is scheduled for the first weekend of April but I am going over there for Easter for a quick scouting trip. I will be fishing with long time friend and great guide Cam Coffin from Blue Ribbons Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana.
With a new fishing season upon us I have received all my preseason orders to restock me for a busy summer. All Montana Troutwranglers trips are all inclusive, meaning I will supply you with all the gear necessary to have a successful day. Need waders, I have them, need a rod, no problem, flies?
We are getting near that mystical time of year when both the Yellowstone and Madison rivers see a hatch like no other. The skies grow dark, the surface of the water becomes alive and the trout rise from bank to bank. I am speaking of the Mothers Day Caddis Hatch.
This spring I will be traveling over to Fort Smith, Montana to spend the month of April guiding on the Big Horn river. I have spent quite a bit of time over there before the crowds arrive. This is a superb fishery that has the largest trout population in the entire state of Montana.