Tailwater Fisheries

Big Horn River flows remain at 2,490 CFS. Water temps are still warm, but moss is starting to die and float downriver.  Morning Trico hatch is still good.  After 10:30 a.m., fishing is pretty slow, where you have to nymph fish the deep, medium speed water.  Streamer fishing can be decent on cloudy afternoons.  The North Platte’s flows remain at about 1,000 CFS.  Fishing’s still good with some Trico’s in the morning, then afternoon nymphing and streamer fishing.

Local Streams

Area freestone (no dam) streams coming off the lower mountains are still very low.  Hopper fishing is OK on warm, afternoons.  Higher into the mountains produces better fishing.  The upper North Tongue (Burgess Junction area) is still fishing good with caddis, ants and occasional Hoppers.  Cover all bases by trying a hopper-dropper rig with the Hopper trailed by an ant or caddis.  With nothing rising, trail your hopper with a bead head nymph #16 like a Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear or Prince Nymph.

Lake Fishing

Like the streams, lower elevation lakes like DeSmet and Healy are still fishing fairly slow.  Healy is producing a few nice bass.  Tongue Reservoir shore fishing, for Crappie and Smallmouth, is fishing quite well with the cooler nights.  Shallow bays are also producing nice Northern Pike on spoons and larger streamers.  Trolling is still slow, but the walleyes being caught down deep are large. Higher mountain lakes are still great.  Use a small gold or copper spinner, or a small wet fly.