***Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560
Bill says the ice is 6 inches to a foot. He had a group of fishermen who did well at Buck Creek. They caught lake trout and Northerns , one was 34 inches. He says they are catching perch at Nelson creek. Due to the warm temps predicted he suspects this weekend may be the last weekend for ice fishing.
***Bob-Bob’s Bait Shop 1-406- 429-2086
Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir
Fishing is slow. “The ice is still 18 inches in the Bay” Bob says, “ They have been catching crappies, perch, and northern. The river channel is opening up. “Spring fishing is coming quicker than we think,” Bob tells me.
Ice is going to be gone soon. He predicts that if temperatures are what they are predicting this weekend, the ice will not be fishable after about 10 days, “ Right now you should fish by foot unless you want to have me pull your 4 wheeler out,” he says .”We are seeing perch but no walleye right now. Right now the fishing is along the shore,” Clint says.
***Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “ Northern fishing is excellent! ” The pines and Flatlake bay and Duck Creek are fishing well. The ice is 5 to 8 inches so people are fishing close to the shore.
Walleye fishing is good below the Dam in the river. “ It is really good, “he says, just dynamite!.” Two boat docks are open, Boy Scout and School trust. Bear Creek is really good but the ice is just plain lousy.
***West Side Sports –Dan 1-406-654-1611
Dan at West Side Sports tells us.” Nelson is still fishing well . “ They are still getting out there with 4 wheelers and using foot power. Walleye fishing is slow. Perch are still on. It is now spotty on northern. Ice safety is still is a concern . the ice in some places is 12 to 16 inches.
People say stay off Forchette Bay as the ice is not good. “ Most people have pulled off fishing there,” Dan said. Safety is the important thing with this fishing,” Dan said
*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100
“ Trout fishing is really good”. “We are seeing a few walleyes, “Sharon says. They are nice size 16 to 18 inches. Perch are moving up from 60 feet and biting on dark wolly buggers. “If you are going to go ice fishing do it this weekend as if we get the warm temperatures the ice will be gone ”, Sharon said. Ice is 15 to 16 inches.
***Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440
Allen Camarillo tells us that fishermen are fishing down east on the Yellowstone. He says some people are catching catfish on the Yellowstone on warmer days near the Huntley area. People are trying for ling in the evenings. So I am stocking up on worms and minnows.
***Lake Elmo Billings
Lake Elmo as the water is almost open. People are pole fishing off the dock and catching a few fish.
The ling fishing at night is slowing down. The Ice has snow cover and is 16 inches. People still need to monitor ice conditions on the ice because of fluctuating temperatures.
***Don’s Dave 1-800-879-8194
Lewistown East Fork Reservoir
Dale says, “Ice is punky on Crooked Creek. They are catching northern mostly. “
Spring Creek is open year round for fishing. “ We are all hoping the Missouri River opens up so we can get out there,” he says. Warm temperatures coming up will make that happen soon.
Casino Creek reservoir is fishing well. There they are catching nice 1 pound perch on decent ice.
Tongue River Reservoir
All we have seen this week is a few people fishing for catfish. They caught them through the ice. The ice is not good. The lake came up so to fish it is not easy to get up on to the ice now.