Snow means water and water levels equate to summer fishing quality so here go:
After the past several seasons our this Montana winter is evening out. With record setting levels last year this season is looking a bit more “normal” even by Montana standards. Huge snow packs can be good for keeping the rivers cool and the trout happy, but it does tend to spread them out which can make it more challenging to fish. In lower water years the fishing can be quite good as the fish are condensed, but water temperatures can be an issue. So at this point our experience level tells us that this looks to be a quality 2012 water season, but we’ll have to just keep following it as the season progresses to know for sure.
Current snow pack levels by drainage:
Upper Yellowstone: 79% of average
Lower Yellowstone: 91% of average
Madison: 64% of average
Missouri: 70% of average
Smith: 77% of average
Bighorn: 92% of average
Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as a huge weather system is currently moving into western Montana.