With the consistent rainfall, current lake inflows remain between 16,000 and 18,000 cfs daily. Bighorn lake is into about 40% of the floodpool. What does this mean? The river will be @ 14,000 cfs for a while. The million dollar question – When will the river drop? Do what we do and watch this site. Pay attention to inflows and that will get you closer to the answer, but honestly, we don’t know. What we do know is that the fishing is awesome right now.
Our Bighorn fish are still eating their fair share of worms, but the nightcrawler bite has definitely slowed from what it was a few days ago, but it’s still good in spots. Double Sowbug rigs with Soft Hackle Ray Charles (Grey, Tan 14-16), Pete’s Carpet Bug (14-16), Natural Sowbug (16) and Firebead Softhackle Ray Charles (pink, tan, grey 14-16) are all getting the eats when the worm isn’t. There is a tinge of color to the river, mainly due to a silt push making its way down the lake. Flashier and brighter nymphs work well right now, with this being said.
The streamer bite is really good still. Keep them moving quick and don’t concentrate on just the banks. There are A LOT of fish in the middle of the river right now, especially on the old sunk gravel bars. Lil’ Kims have been the hot bug, with JR’s Conehead, Peanut Envys (black, olive) and Sculpin Buggers coming in second place.
For those of you who haven’t fished the Bighorn in high flows, it is really not that scary. We are witnessing the best subsurface fishing of the year right now and it’s definitely worth making the trip. Rental boats are still a no-go, but we have a few really good guides available who would be happy to net fish for you all day long!
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