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
Bill says ,” The few fishermen that have been here have started to catch fish, They caught 8 walleyes with the biggest being 10 ¼ pounds. “ He says “they are catching them on ½ ounce jig in 10 feet. ” they are catching 42” and 50 “ fish at McGuire Creek where the bass are also still hitting.
***Bob-Bob’s Bait Shop 1–406- 429-2086
Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir
“Fishing is a little better this week.” Bob says, “ I had a group that fished all day Wednesday and caught 10 Northerns mostly 5 to 6 pounds. They caught one 27 pound northern.” he explains. “They also caught 5 catfish 4 pounds to 21 pounds and 3 walleyes. So the walleye are coming on a little, ” he said. My shop will now be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
***Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Walleye fishing is picking up I was told. The most that is being caught is northern. They are catching most of the northern in 15-20 feet on jigs. Most are 5 to 10 pounds. The water temp is still only 47 to 48 degrees. The weather is supposed to warm up this weekend and that should help.
Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “ The rivers good. From Hinsdale to Nasha on the milk river and below the power house to Culberson fishing is good again. They are catching walleye, sauger and northern on gigs and minnows.” “The fishing probably will get better in a week to 10 days if it gets warmer.” Gene explains. “ Some are catching on jigs, minnows and lindy rigs,” he says..
***West Side Sports – Dan 1-406-654-1611
Dan at West Side Sports tells us .” Fishing is pretty slow at Nelson. It is just too cold at night. He said the water temp has been 46 degrees. He said, “I talked to some guys who are good fishermen and they fished from 9 am to 6 pm and only caught two northern pike and one walleye.
“ Forchette Bay is just too cold. I have heard of no one even fishing it. ” he says.
***Deadmans and Martinsdale
Justin says,” Deadmans is getting better. They are catching mostly rainbow trolling cowbells. ” Almost all rainbows and occasionally a brown was caught using worms.
No one is going to Martinsdale to fish. It is just too 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
“ It is sunny today but we do have wind. The water temperature has been in the 40 degrees. Mostly males are being caught,” Sharon says. “Fishing is slow but the warm weather this weekend they predict may change things, “ Sharon says.
***Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440
Catching on the Yellowstone continues. The bite is good on the day the temperature comes up. Allen has entry forms for the catfish tournament on May 12th at the shop. It is for boaters only.
***Lake Elmo Billings
“According to the loons and the osprey the fishing is great,” Bob says. People are pulling rainbows and perch both by boat and shore. The water from the ditch coming in may be picking up the action.”
The water level is coming up. People are catching some walleyes. FWP is starting the netting at night for their data .
***Don’s Dave 1-800-879-8194
Lewistown East Fork Reservoir
Dave says, “Fishing is good if you go to Canada”. LOL He says, “Ackley Lake is good for trout fishing. The Missouri is really muddy and slow. Other places the water is just too cold.”
REPORT COMPILED By: Carol Henckel