The Lower Madison can be a strange place to say the least. I’ve had more head scratcher day on that river than anywhere else I’ve ever fished… I’ve been a lot of places. We probably put as many or more day on that river than anyone else and like to think that we are as dialed into it’s “mood” as much as anything.
When the water gets warm, the weeds start to float, and the tubers flock to the river in droves…the big fish seems to show themselves. It happens every year and this is always one of the best times to get out there and find some big fish.
We‘ve landed several fish in the 20-24” range over there the last couple of weeks. Some days it’s on a sculpin and someday it’s a little bug. The only thing in common is that they tend to come out of shallow, fast water and the angler usually thinks they’re hung on the bottom.
The fish are always there, but we see more of them during this time of year than at any other time of year. So, while the world laments the status of the Yellowstone or looks forward to it’s clearing flows, we’ll keep hammering away on the lower, looking for more of these.