Kootenai River Report | May 31 – June 6

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River Flow: 17,000 cfs 8-12 foot visibility 51 degrees

Inflow from Lake Koocanusa: 31,200 cfs

Hatches: Grannom Caddis, Little Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Silver Stripe Caddis, Little Olive Stone, some flights of Carpenter Ants, assorted stoneflies coming into Kootenai from Fisher River.

Effective Patterns: X-Caddis, Adams, Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff, Red Quill, Purple Haze, Beadhead Prince, Copper johns, Wooly Buggers, Da-Bomb, Small Stonefly nymphs, Olive Stimulators.

Guide report: Water temps on the Kootenai River are on the rise, due to the warmer weather. Sturgeon Flows are done for the season and the river is gradually dropping to its flat projected flow for June; (9-12 kcfs). The Upper river opens June 1.

Prior to hatch activity, streamer and nymph fishing is most productive, WADE WITH CAUTION, THIS IS A HIGH FLOW AND WATER IS EXTREMELY COLD.

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