Our weather forecast seems to be predictably shifting from snow to rain as we make our way into May. Our April was filled with cold temperatures and snowfall that greatly improved our snowpack levels. In March we had some warm sunny days that had many of us flashing back to last June and its unusually high temperatures, but if we had known then what April had in store, we all may have been soaking up the sunshine more care free. These past few weeks have had us all layering up and keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts before heading out on the water.
The Bitterroot Range snowpack currently sits at 108% of normal, with the neighboring Upper and Lower Clark Fork at 96% and 104% respectively. Our local waters are still running clear and our spring fishing continues to be good to great depending on the day. The longer our rivers stay in shape our fishing and bug load will continue to improve. We look to stay with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s for the coming days. The river flow projections for the rest of this week show river levels bumping, but remaining lower than our early season bumps in March which should help us retain water clarity.
As our temperatures continue to rise as we move closer to the arrival of summer our local freestone waters will inevitably be overcome with runoff and we will shift our trips over to the Missouri River. We do still have availability for May and early June trips on the Mighty MO and would love for you to join us for some of our most consistent fishing of the entire season. If high number days of fish around 17” and larger sounds appealing, give us a call to set up your time on the Missouri. We are enjoying our extended spring fishing here in Missoula for as long as we can, and are looking forward to May on the Missouri!