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Date 05-Jul-18
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Conditions : Big Horn River: The bighorn is still cranking at 11,500 CFS. The fishing has been good though! Sowbugs and worms are the name of the game, and more or less the only game for nymphing. Long leaders, a worm to a sow bug, and then add weight until you hit the bottom. Chuck and duck until you find the fish. Good worms include san juans, uv juan andersons, squirmies, and wire worms. The worm fishing has been a bit more hit and miss than it should be for this time of year, but some fish are really keyed in on them. Good Sow bugs include but are not limited to soft hackle rays, uv yum yums, and any tailwater bug. Go deep, getting to the fish is the most important part. The streamer bite has been very good as there is a steady stream of minnows pumping through the dam. White streamers are best up top with darker natural colors producing better down low. The key to getting them on streamers is committing. You will have a lot of chases, but dont give up. Eventually, they will 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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