My family and I spent a much-anticipated vacation in West Yellowstone last Mon-Fri with daily "two-a-day's" into the park checking out the myriad of natural features as well as the wildlife. On Thursday morning I actually got to do a little fishing… and although we were staying in West Yellowstone, many cautioned me to consider other plans than the Madison or Firehole areas due to rising river temperatures. So I decided to shoot for the Lamar River as choice #1, with the Yellowstone River as a back-up in case the Lamar was blown out/discolored… both located exactly on the opposite side of the park from where we were staying. Long-story-short, the Park's road crew was "chip sealing" from Madison Junction to Norris Junction, and after sitting for 1:30 hours the previous night I decided to cut bait and just fish the Gibbon River about 2 miles north of Madison Junction.
It was "OK", not the best holding water in that stretch, but I made lemonade out of lemons and it was still great to finally wet a line in Yellowstone National Park… landed a few and lost a few and can't wait to go back now that I have a better understanding of the mileages within the park as well as potential traffic issues.
Starting the hunt on the Gibbon River
FISH ON in the money hole!
First Whitefish of the morning
Brownie in the net
Rainbows were hard to come by this morning (lost a beauty on the jump), but this little guy made it into the net
Wild brown in hand
The seemingly always cooperative Whitefish!
Me and my faithful buddy – Toby – on the banks of the Firehole River
And finally, totally unrelated to fishing, but I had to share my daughter's shot of a WOLF that we crossed paths with one morning (before it circled around us and swam across the Yellowstone River).
Great trip, perfect weather all week, can't wait to go back!
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