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Southwest Montana is starting to feel like winter is turning the corner. Our valley temperatures have been above freezing this week and man does it feel good. Don’t let this fool you that the fishing is picking up and we are out there fishing the Big Hole. The Melrose guage remains reading ICE and all guages for that matter are not reading flow on the river except the Maiden Rock guage. The above freezing day time highs has started to break the ice from the lower reaches of the Big Hole. It will remain mild through tomorrow and then it looks like we will get blasted with another winter storm on Monday and Tuesday. Our Montana snowpack and the Big Hole snowpack is still increasing from the past week storms. We are currently at 115% of normal snowfall and the snowpack has a snow/water content of 140% of normal. It’s almost time to dust off your waders and get your drift boat ready for the Spring fishing season on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers. Our Big Hole River fishing guides will keep you posted as conditions improve and we start to get on our home waters.