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Date 14-Feb-19
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Conditions : Big Horn River: There is finally a nice break in the weather with some very warm fishing days. Midge hatches are going to go crazy and the last time the weather got to 40 degrees a few BWO's hatched. The sub-surface fishing with nymphs can keep you in fish all day. Orange and pink scuds with a midge dropper. A classic Bighorn rig. With a little taste of spring weather the fish may possibly be looking to put some weight back on, it may another window for some good streamer fishing. If you are bringing a boat you need to get a shuttle early, the shops in Fort Smith are only open in the mornings.

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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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