Improving Fishing in the Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 4/17/12
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

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 1406- 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 

Nelson, Forchette

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

Canyon Ferry

“   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.”

***Cooney

                 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






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