Kootenai River – On Monday, the flow of the Libby dam is 4,000 CFA francs. Flows should remain low until runoff. During the spring months, it is possible to experience flow fluctuations. The inflows to Lake Koocanusa were 6,800 cf / s on Monday and the water temperature at the Libby Dam was 40 degrees. The outbreaks are midges, blue-winged olives, March chestnuts, early caddis and small stone flies. Recommended models are Zebra Midge, Parachute Adams, Purple Haze, Bugmeister, Olive Sparkle Dun, Purple Chubby, BH Prince, Soft SJ Worm, BH Pheasant Tail, BH Rubberleg Stonefly, Big Streamers in White, Pink and Olive, Circus Peanut and black conehead buggers – Linehan outfitter, Troy.
Mary Ronan Lake – It’s been about two weeks since the ice broke off and kokanee fishing should start any day. It will take about a month before the start of perch fishing. – Zimmer Bait and Tackle, Pablo.
Koocanusa Lake – Salmon fishing is still slow due to the cold temperatures. Rainbow fishing is fair with recent storm activity. The fishermen had used caps in black, black and silver and black and gold. When it warms up, try trolling flies. – Koocanusa Resort and Marina, Libby.
Madison River, Upper – Small and flashy is the name of the game if you decide to nymph; Green Machines, $ 3 Dips, Purple Deaths, Worms, Shop Vac, Black and Brown Rubberlegs, and Zebra Midges are all good bets. It is essential that your bugs diminish quickly. If you don’t check the bottom on every throw, add weight until you do. The dry fly fishing was quite slow with the constant wind. Streamer fishing was hit or miss, but when turned on it was pretty good. The color of the streamers has been variable lately, but generally black, olive and white are our favorites. Between the lakes there is thick snow in places, but you can easily enter under the dam. The sweet spot seems to be the three dollar zone with excellent opportunities for streamers, sissies and nymphs. Just look at this time the wind can be the kiss of death for dry fly fishing this way. – Montana Troutfitters, Bozeman.