Bozeman area rivers have been getting a really bad rap recently due to news media blowing things out of proportion. That's the short of it.
Regarding the whitefish kill on the Yellowstone:
It's August on the Yellowstone; whitefish die. I had an experienced guide today say that 15-20 whitefish floating by his boat each day in August on the 'Stone is the norm. Why are so many more dying this year? 60 floating by his boat each day instead? We're not sure. But here's the main point: The trout are still just fine. They're eating well in the mornings, laying low in the afternoons, and riding out the heat. No trout kill here.
Regarding the fishing closures:
Yep, there are hot temps on some of our rivers right now, but this is also typical for August here. Guess what though? The fishing is still fantastic in the mornings! Yes, the fishing will slow down in the afternoons, but it is just fine early on. And, even though there are some rivers that have all-day closures, there is still plenty of un-restricted water that is fishing just fine.
So, the main point of all of this...don't pay attention to the bad media rap; pay attention to the local shop guys who are in the scene and on the river most days throughout the summer. There is no reason to cancel plans for coming up here or whatnot, there is still a great time to be had.
So, have a fun time out there (earlier is better) and let us know how it goes!
P.S. The fish in the cover photo for this post....caught during this last week on the Yellowstone during the hot temps and whitefish kill.