EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 4/25/12
By Kjel


Please be advised that warm weather has been making precarious high wind conditions meaning caution should be used in the waters . Call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information. Also use extreme caution on the water at all times. Good Luck Fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.

***Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560

Neal says ,” The fishing has been pretty good.” We have been catching northern 24 ½ inches to 36 ½ inches in about 12 to 15 feet of water.” “ They have been catching them on blue and silver reef runners , “ Neal explains. A 11 pound lake trout was caught off shore which is also unusual. The East ern part seems to be warmer than the West. They have also caught a few bass on fire tigers as well. The water temperature is at 46 to 47 degrees.

***Bob-Bob’s Bait Shop 1-406- 429-2086

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

“Fishing has been hit and miss this week I hear,” Bob says. “ They are catching Northerns mostly 5 to 6 pound,.” He informs us. The water is still too cold for the walleyes, give it another week or so.” he explains. “ My shop will now be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

***Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345

Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir

It has been raining a lot this week. They still are getting some northerns. They are catching most of the northern in 2 to 15 feet on jigs and spoons. Very few walleyes being caught right now.

***Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “ The Milk rivers good. People are picking up lake trout at 40 feet deep water ” , Gene explains. “ Some are catching on jigs, minnows and lindy rigs,” he says. “The Missouri is not as good, they are catching less fish there,” Gene says.

***West Side Sports – Dan 1-406-654-1611

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us .” Fishing is still pretty slow at Nelson. It has not turned on yet.” He said, “Some are catching small northern on crank baits. There is just nothing hitting on Forchette. ” he says.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Justin says,” Deadmans has slowed. They are catching mostly rainbow trolling cowbells. ”Water is going up in Martinsdale slowly. It is still slow.

“The Musselshell river is good on flies They are using smaller streamers. People are also catching browns on worms and a spinning rod as well ”, he says.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100

Canyon Ferry

“ Fishing really turned on last Saturday. It is really hot. The water temperature has been 54 degrees. Walleye fishing turned on east of Duck Creek to the Ponds. Mostly males 15 to 17 inches are being caught,” Sharon says. “Pick your poison they are hitting on everything , “ Sharon says.

***Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440

Catching on the Yellowstone continues. The bite is good on warm days. Allen has entry forms for the catfish tournament on May 12th at the shop. It is for boaters only.

***Lake Elmo Billings

People are pulling rainbows and perch both by boat and shore. The water from the ditch coming in may be picking up the action.”

***Cooney

The water level is coming up. Fishing is poor only a few are catching walleyes. FWP is continuing the netting at night for their data .

***Don’s Dave 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie says, “Fishing is good. The water is coming up ,” He says, “Ackley Lake is good for trout fishing.” They are using power bait from the shore and from the boat. At Spring Creek they are hitting on nymphs. Dry fly fishing may work soon. “ Walleye and catfish are hitting on the river. They are liking crawlers and minnows,” Charlie tells us.






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