Bighorn River Fishing Report
- Last Updated:
- Current Report:
- This report concerning water flows and the Bureau of Reclamation courtesy of Doug Haacke:
"Reclamation released the March operating plan this morning and it calls for releases at the end of March to be around 3,420cfs. These releases will increase to approximately 4,000cfs in April and most likely rise to 7,000cfs in May and June. July will see a decrease to 4500cfs, and finally August and fall releases will be closer to 3,000cfs.
It is important to note that the operating plans generally do not show extremes, but values at the end of each month. This means flows could exceed the end of month values for short periods of time.
As always, operating plans can and will change depending on snowpack, snow melt, precipitation, temperature and decisions made by the upstream reservoirs.”
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Water flows are good for this time of year. River is in great shape above Soap Creek, but recent snow melt is causing clarity issues downriver. Nymph fishing is fair to good. A few fish looking up when the wind is not blowing. Streamer fishing has been steady.
- Catch of the Week:
- One-Week Forecast:
- Good nymph fishing on sowbugs and midge pupa.
- Two-Week Forecast:
- Hatch Info:
- A few midges. Expect the midge hatch to get steadily better as April approaches.
- Hot Fly Patterns:
- Nymphs:#14,#16, #18 Grey Ray Charles, #16,#18 Soft Hackle Sowbug, #16 Pink Soft Hackle; #16, #18 Zebra Midge; #18 Cream Midge Larva
#18 Black CDC Caddis; #18, #20 Black Posted Sipper Midge
#4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow); #4 Brown Wooley Bugger; #4 Olive Zonker (silver body/grey rabbit)
- River Flows:
- 3,000 cfs.
- Water Temperature:
- 40 degrees at 3-Mile.