2019 Missouri River Summer Water Forecast Update
The shot above represents the drainage of the Missouri River here in Craig Montana. A big area. No?
All looking up here in central Montana.
Except for the air temperatures. Those will continue to be down.
Snow depths have increased during the previous 3 weeks. Lots? No. Some? Yes.
Not as desperate an outlook as we were looking at a month ago. We were not in trouble, but it was looking like a leaner water year.
Too early to tell either way but we prefer to hedge our water bet as opposed to taking the alternate route. We may end up with an average water year. And that would be just fine. We are always just hoping goer average water. Low water years take more than one year to recover. The gains we can achieve with a good higher water year can also be devastated by a Lowe water year that may follow.
OK check out the graphs and tables and such. It shows us that we are on track for an average water year. If it keeps snowing we may very well have a better than average dry fly season ahead of us.
Here we are below with our Year To Date water map. Green and blue. We like blue.
Clark Canyon Reservoir at 89.5% full. That’s impressive this early in the year. Bodes well for water storage for later in the year!
OK – so are we saying likely no wade game in May? Thanks guys for the scoop on water.
Not saying that at all John. I believe we will have wade fishing in May. It is uncommon to have water over 6K in May.