The recent cool weather and precipitation have increased our Montana snowpack in the upper and lower Yellowstone river valleys. About this time of the year, we stop looking at the snowpack levels and start looking at SWE or Snow Water Equivalent. SWE is a measure of the amount of water left in the snow.
Currently, the Upper Yellowstone is at 86% of normal levels. The Lower Yellowstone is at 128% of normal. What does this mean to anglers, tourists and Montana travelers? Good water conditions for trout and conditions that lower our chances for major forest fires in the late summer and fall. All-in-all it’s looking like a positive start to our summer fishing season. We’ll keep you posted.