Dave McKee Fishing Blog


Time for the MO

       Temperatures in the mid 80s last week - A winter storm warning calling for over a foot of snow at elevations above 7500ft for tomorrow...yep - that sounds about right. Springtime in MT - conditions seem to change by the minute. About the only thing consistent at this time of year is the inconsistency of water conditions on rivers such as the Yellowstone, Gallatin or even Madison. Fishable one minute, high and muddy the next - it's unpredictable at best leaving us a perfect excuse to head to the Missouri. With flows regulated by the Holter Dam, [...]

March Fishing

       In the past few seasons the end of March has found me well underway, having fished consistently since mid- January. Not quite as much this year...why?  The answer is simple, seems we had somewhat of a normal winter this last round - with plenty of cold and ice, snow, wind and all of the things that drive one to the ski hill or tying vise rather than the trout stream. In the past few weeks though things have changed.         Even with snow in the forecast in the days ahead, winter seems to have [...]

Ice still strong

      Despite nearly two weeks of unusually warm weather, the ice remains good on most Montana reservoirs as does the fishing. Often, early and late season are best through the ice and this year  is no exception.         Overall, the perch fishing has been spectacular with the general trend being that the fish are moving shallower as we get later in the season. Most likely, this is due to spawning, either way, it's not uncommon to find the fish in the 3-10 depth range. At such shallow depths it's possible to sight fish these buggers [...]

No Shortage of Ice

As it should be, it's been cold around here as of late. How quickly we forget that Montana is supposed to be bitter during the winter months. The past few years have been mild and relatively pleasant. Depending on who you might talk to though, conditions as of late are more like it - a glimpse of the old days. Snow, ice and plenty of sub zero temperatures...doesn't bode well for fly fishing fishing at the present time but, we aren't really supposed to fly fish now anyway. January is a time to ski, to play hockey and, if one [...]

Winter has Arrived

After a mild November, winter is now upon us. Seems that overnight the snow and and cold weather arrived and, according to the forecasts I've checked, it seems likely that it's here to stay. We've had a fair amount of snow in the past two weeks and temps have gone from balmy to downright freezing. Just today the high was 21 - felt like a heat wave after several days last week when the thermometer never rose above 9. I'm ready for it. We can always use the snow, we'll take as much as we can get, and the cold [...]

Yellowstone Opened/Hoot Owl Restrictions Lifted

It wasn't all that long ago that the discovery of the PKD parasite in the Yellowstone River, the cause of some significant whitefish mortality, led to a complete closure of this prized fishery. At that point, we weren't sure when we'd get back on the river. A tough scenario indeed with the foremost concern being that of the health of the river and the fish within. Fortunately, with cooling temperatures, the arrival of some much needed rain and evidence that fish mortality had stopped and not spread further, Montana FWP reopened significant portions of the river to fishing. Stretches of [...]