After a mild winter and below average snowfall the Madison drainage is currently 85% of historical average snowpack. Early season flows are trending slightly below normal for this time of year but with managed output from Hebgen reservoir the Madison is expected to have adequate flows for the summer fishing season.  If anything the lower early season flows should provide easier wading during the salmon fly hatch while still allowing late season floating and fishing.   The Jefferson, Ruby,  and Big Hole drainages are substantially lower than average (as low as 60% in areas) and, absent timely rain, could have some late season fishing restrictions due to low flows and resulting higher stream temperatures.

The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is implementing new regulations starting in 2021 and taking effect over the next several years to minimize fishing impacts from increasing angler pressure on the Madison.  Please check the FWP website for specific details, including restrictions on floating sections of the river from Lyons Bridge to Ennis Lake. 

After a disruptive experience in 2020 due to Covid-19 we welcome all of our guests and look forward to a more normal fishing experience in 2021.