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Blackfoot River Sponsored by
Date 25-Jun-22
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Conditions : Blackfoot River: The Blackfoot is dropping and slowly clearing up. There are lots of Salmonflies in the middle river right now and should be heading up to the upper river over the weekend. A few dry fly eats a day with most fish eating the nymph right now, but should keep getting better.

A big Salmonfly dry like a Rootbeer Chubby, Royal Chubby, Cat Puke, Henry’s Fork, Supa Gee or Morrish’s Fluttering Stone with a Black Rubberlegs, Zonker, Zirdle, Bitch Creek or Squirdle underneath it is the way to go. Fish tight to the willows and the inside bends where the water slows down.

Nymphing a slop rig with a Sparkle Minnow, Zirdle, Zonker with a San Juan off the back is another good way to get them in this colored-up water.

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About: - Fishing the Blackfoot: The Blackfoot is an excellent fishery for rainbow, cutbows, browns and mountain whitefish throughout its length. Good fishing on the Blackfoot fishing starts around the River Junction Campground. (more on the Blackfoot River & access information)

  • Brook Trout
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Brown Trout

Misc Info: -
Exceptions to Standard Regulations
Entire River And Tributaries Except The Clearwater River
Combined Trout: 3 daily and in possession, no rainbow trout over 12 inches, any size brown trout. (See Clearwater River Drainage for exception.)
Catch-and-release for cutthroat trout.
Artificial lures only within 100-yard radius of the mouths of Belmont Creek, Gold Creek, Monture Creek and North Fork Blackfoot River.
Landers Fork Mouth To Stimson Lumber Dam (Milltown Reservoir)
Catch-and-release for brook trout. (This regulation is a result of bull trout being misidentified and harvested as brook trout. Brook trout are very rare in this section of river whereas bull trout are common.)
Mainstem Only
Extended season for northern pike and whitefish and catch-and-release for trout open December 1 to third Saturday in May with artificial lures and/or maggots only. Tributaries are closed to fishing.
Stimson Lumber Dam Downstream To Milltown Reservoir (Clark Fork River)
Northern pike: no limit
Extended season for northern pike from December 1 to third Saturday in May, with artificial lures only.

Blackfoot River Flows
Rock Creek
Clarkfork River

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