Fishing report: Runoff a common theme; salmonfly hatch looms

As is the case during runoff season, fluctuating water levels can send anglers scrambling for a Plan B or Plan C depending on flows and conditions. The top picks on Monday or Tuesday can change before week’s end. So be sure to check in with local tackle shops for advice before setting any plans in stone.

Bass, trout or walleye fishing in lakes and reservoirs will be a nice fallback option if your favorite river or stream is still blown out. Once conditions stabilize and depending on which region you’ll be fishing, the highly anticipated salmonfly hatch will hopefully live up to the hype as hungry trout craving protein have been known to aggressively take these large bugs.

Beaverhead River — From Grasshopper to the dam, fishing continues to be excellent for both wading and drift boats. Patterns like psycho mays in brown or olive, sow bugs in all colors, and aquatic worms have been fishing best. The usual Perdigons and sunkists are working as well. Water temps should be warming during coming days and things should begin to shift toward a summertime routine with hatches and fish more spread out. — Frontier Anglers, Dillon.

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