As much of the US West saw below average snow and precipitation in late March and April, so goes the mountain snowpack data. A few spots increased their snowpack–like southcentral Montana and a few drainages in northern Wyoming–but most of the West’s major drainages saw levels drop to below historical averages. Central Oregon saw the largest drop in long term averages with some central Oregon drainages going from above average to almost 75% or lower than long term averages for this time of year.

With the next six weeks providing a large chunk of the annual precipitation for many western states, anglers can still be cautiously optimistic for a near-normal summer angling season.

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