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Big Horn River Sponsored by
Date 04-Mar-18
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : Big Horn River: The Bighorn is fishing well. Fish mid day when the water temperature is at its peak. Look for deeper slower runs and if fish are there, stay there until you catch them. That being said as things start to warm up, fish will move into the shallower water and start looking for some surface bugs. Nymphing has been the way to go for consistency. Standard winter patterns work everyday. SH Ray Charles, Orange Scuds, Small Firebead Sowbugs, Black Zebra midges, and Red Midge larva. Depth is the critical aspect right now. If you arent finding fish, adjust your weight and go deeper. Midges are bringing a few fish to the surface in certain areas. The risers are pretty careful so a stealthy approach and good presentation is necessary to get them to eat.

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About: - Since the completion of Yellowtail Dam the Bighorn River is rated one of the world’s finest trout streams because of its abundant trout, dense insect hatches, and easy accessibility. The river below was transformed into a cold, clear tailwater, much like a giant spring creek - an ideal habitat for trout. (more on the Bighorn River and Access Map)
  • Brown Trout
  • Burbot
  • Channel Catfish
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Northern Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Sauger
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Walleye

Misc Info: - Restrictions: Afterbay Dam To Cable 600 Feet Downstream And Downstream From Bighorn FAS Open entire year. May use live nongame bait fish (as identified in standard district regulations). Combined Trout: 5 daily and in possession, only 1 over 18 inches and only 1 rainbow trout.
Cable 600 Feet Below Afterbay Dam To Bighorn FAS Open entire year. Combined Trout: 5 brown trout daily and in possession, only 1 over 18 inches. Catch-and-release for rainbow trout, except anglers 14 years of age and younger may take 1 rainbow trout daily and in possession, any size. Artificial lures only.

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