Kootenai River Fishing Report – May 2-9, 2023- GoFlyfishMontana.com!

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Kootenai River Flow: 4,000 Cubic Feet per second 3 foot visibility, 40 degrees. Minimum flow

Koocanusa Inflow: 9,500 cfs,  Fisher river flow: 2000 cfs,  Yaak Flow: 3990 cfs

Hatches: March BrownsLittle Blue Quills, Midges, March Browns, Silver stripe caddis, small olive stone, carpenter ants starting to show

Effective Patterns 

Dry: March Brown, midge pupa, small parachute adams, small chubby

Nymph and Streamers:  Beadhead Prince, Pheasant Tail, Stones and Midge Pupa, Soft Hackles. Black/Olive Conehead Wooly Buggers, Sculpins, Pat’s Rubber Legs

Fishing Report: The river is at minimum flow  with turbidity entering from the fisher river. Temp is running 40 degrees F. We are seeing some rising activity on the warmer afternoons, most activity is subsurface with some larger fish on streamers. Upper stretch closed for in stream spawning above Hwy 37 bridge to Dam, (4 miles). River is starting to receive some color from the Fisher River but not affecting overall fishing conditions. Call shop for guided trip and lodging info: 406.293.7578

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