EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF 5/8/12
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

Linda says , ”The fishing is still good.  There are northern, perch, bass and walleye being   caught with reef runners and minnows.”   “Water temps are warming up.  Someone even caught a saugeye,“ Linda  explains.    If you need reservations make them now as we are filling up fast.

***Bob-Bob’s Bait Shop

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

“I have sad news,”  Bob says.  “I have closed my shop.  The decision was hard. “   So if you need any supplies you will need to    bring them with you.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “   The Dry Arm is turning on for walleye and northern.   People are picking up lake trout at   Hackby point and Bear Creek Island,” Gene explains.  “   They seem to be catching them at 30 to 40 feet using deep diver cranks and hot lips,” he  says.

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

Nelson,  Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us.” Fishing is still  slow at Nelson.  They are catching them on cranks.  Mostly perch but walleye is really slow.  The surface temperature  is going up.”    He said, “Forchette  is still pretty cold water  and it is high.  There is just nothing hitting on Forchette. It is just a matter of time and warm temperatures day and night and we haven’t had warm nights we are still having frost on the windows. ”   he says.  Fort Robinson Bridge is fishing well for paddlefish.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Justin says,” Deadmans   is a slow catch. The Musselshell water is low and starting to come up .”      Water is going up in   Martinsdale  and  fishing  is okay.

***Matt Stephens-  Tongue River Marina   1-406-757-2225

Tongue River Reservoir

Matt  says,  “  Crappie fishing is a bit  slow. Water temps are 55 to 56 degrees.    Small mouth bass are being caught on flicker shad crankbait .  I have seen a 4 ½ pounder, a 5 # 4 oz and a 5 # 8 oz.  “Walleye are starting to pick up.  People are catching on black jig with leash. I actually had one guy catch his limit last weekend  , “ Matt explains.   He tells us , ”   The marina will be open daily now.”

*** Silos Marina Sharon  266-3100

Canyon Ferry

“ Fishing   has been   excellent.   Mostly they are catching them   at the ponds  on the East side.”   Sharon says.  They are finding walleye 2 ½ to 3 feet down.   Most are 15 to 17 inches and are  mostly males.   Mostly catching them on cranks.

 ***Minnow bucket  Allen Camarillo  348-2440

Catfish are picking up on the Yellowstone .    “The  river is stained but not muddy more tea colored,” Allen says.  The moss is picking up.  The lower Musselshell people are catching catfish and small mouth bass.   Fishing should be good for  the catfish tournament this weekend on  May 12th.  He has applications  at the shop.  It is for boaters only.

***Lake Elmo  Billings

People arefishing in the nice weather and are  pulling rainbows  and perch both by boat and shore.

***Cooney

                 The water level is coming up.    People are  catching   some walleyes pulling cranks.  The cottonwood and the dam are picking up trout.  The water around here is still pretty chilly.

***Don’s      Dave  1-800-879-8194 

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Dave says,   “Spring Creek is a blowout.  They are catching paddlefish on the Missouri.  They are catching   catfish on stink bait and night crawlers.   “ Ackley Lake is fishing well.  Spin fishing, fly fishing and bait fishing are all doing   well ,”  he says

 

COMPILED BY Carol Henckel






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