Missouri River Ranch Fishing Report

March 30th, 2022

The Missouri River is legendary even by Montana standards. With trout averaging 18 inches, and fish counts regularly exceeding 6,000 per mile, it’s easy to see why the Missouri is considered one of the greatest fisheries in the Western United States.
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Fishing Update:
The photos say it all, the Mo' is producing some trophy trout! This week saw temperatures in 70's, before dropping to the 20's with a few inches of snow. Spring can be fickle, but the fishing definitely isn't- come join us out on the river!

Dry fly fishing continues to be phenomenal on days with minimal wind. The author has observed blanket hatches, with fish consistently taking Griffith's Gnats in #20-22, and Midge Clusters in #16-18. Find a pod of rising fish and get ready for non-stop action, as good as the Missouri has ever had.
(MRR Pro-tip: dry fly action tends to be better on weekdays, as fewer drift boats are disturbing the runs.)

Nymph fishing continues to be a work-horse. Sow bug and scud patterns (either in pink, or with an orange bead head) produce consistent hook-ups. Anglers should target buckets, drop-offs, and deep pools along foam lines. An indicator about 7-9 ft. above your point fly should do the trick. Get those flies down fast with some split-shot or tungsten bead heads. 

Streamer fishing is no longer an effective prospecting method, but has deadly results if angler's know when & where to utilize a stripped fly! Sink-tip lines, conehead buggers, and long casts behind breakwaters/drop-offs are producing large brown and (post-spawn) rainbow trout. Trout-spey anglers are still getting the job done on the swing. 

One final note, rainbow trout are still spawning. Rainbows are the most prolific species in our waters, so anglers are taking extra measures to handle their catch carefully, and properly release the fish to keep stress to a minimum. Please do not fish to, or step on, a rainbow trout's redd (spawning bed). 

Drop us a line and we hope to see you soon! 

Missouri River Ranch
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160 Acres on a Private Stretch of the Missouri River
Craig, Montana
Missouri River Ranch Website
Phone: 406-206-6989 
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Wolf Creek, MT 59648 USA

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