Kootenai River Montana Fishing Report 1-31-2020

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Discharge from Libby Dam: 4000cfs

In-Flow From Lake Koocanusa: Approximately 4000 cfs

Kootenai River water temperature below Libby Dam: 42 degrees

Water Clarity: Clear and in good shape

Hatches: midge

Patterns: zebra midge, midge pupa, bh prince nymph, soft hackle pheasant tail, Pat’s rubber legged stonefly, SJ worms, pt soft hackle, Orvis bead head pt, Orvis bh copper john, red bh copper john, big bunny streamers and deceivers in red, pink and white, and white circus peanut

A recent run of mild weather has the Kootenai River in excellent shape.  This time of year hatches are minimal but nymphing is always a best bet and and pulling streamers is a great option.

During the winter trout become lethargic and will move out of riffles and faster runs.  Look for fish in off current areas, deep pools and especially the tailouts.

Some boat ramps will be snow covered.  There really isn’t that much snow on the valley floor so they should be accessible.  Be sure to bring a tow rope in the event you need a hand getting out.  Specifically be careful at the Osprey Landing and Libby bridge boat ramps.

Expect cloud cover and snow showers through the weekend and a cooling trend early in the week.  That said, daytime temperatures will still be comfortable and for the most part remain in the 30s for the foreseeable future.  Stay tuned for the next Kootenai River fishing report coming soon.

photo of Montana's Kootenai River
The Kootenai River is in excellent shape for winter fishing.