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***Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560
Linda says, “The fishing has been hot! We saw the largest Northern caught this season, today. It was 40 inches and 16.8 pounds. People are catching them on bottom bouncers, spoons and some worms. Walleye are being caught. ” “A few bass are being caught but the perch have been crazy. People have caught a perch and pulled it up and had a northern jumping for it. That is a common story today and yesterday, “Linda explains. Last week we had no gas due to some needed tank repairs to the pumps but we now have fuel.
***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.
***Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
They are catching Northerns and bass in the shallows on spoons. Walleye fishing is still slow. It is picking up west toward Timber creek. Only a few perch are being caught mostly on minnows.
***Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “ Fishing is real good right now for walleyes and sauger. The Northerns have slowed down a bit here. They are catching lake trout at 30 to 35 feet depths.” Gene explains. “ Guys are using deep dive cranks,” he says.
***West Side Sports – Dan 1-406-654-1611
Dan at West Side Sports tells us,.” Nelson is hit and miss. They are using body bouncers at night. They’re using crankbaits on Northerns .” He said, “Forchette has high water with lots of stuff floating down. It is pretty dirty. With the rain you can expect muddy roads going in. ” he says.
***Deadmans and Martinsdale
Justin says,” Musselshell’s water has increased cloudiness so fishing is not as good. ”Martinsdale fishing is better and is best at the inlet. At Deadmans the rainbows are picking up . He says, “ they are catching a few Kokanee from the boat.”
***Matt Stephens- Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225
Tongue River Reservoir
Matt says, “ I went out yesterday and got my limit of walleye and caught smallmouth as well so that was nice. So it is just starting not everyone is as lucky. The water temperature is around 66 degrees. People are using minnows but fishermen seem to be catching a few more on leeches. People are using dark colored jigs and also mixed colored jigs, “ he tells us . Crappies are picking up.
*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100
“Fishing is going well. They are fishing for walleye at night about 6pm to 11 pm. Ponds one and two are fishing well and pond three is coming on Sharon says. She said she knows of a 22, 23 and 24 incher being caught and they are mostly males. The females are just starting. They are liking cranks but also using jigs and bottom bouncers. Water temperature is 64 to 65 degrees.
***Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440
“The Yellowstone river is high and muddy,” Allen says. “ They are catching catfish and small mouth on the Musselshell east of Roundup using crankbaits and minnows mostly, I hear ,” Allen said .
***Lake Elmo Billings
People are starting to catch catchable fish in the morning . The lake is full now.
It is starting to pick up. The water level is coming up. “Walleye seems to be picking up at sunset and until 9 to 10 pm in front of the dam. They are mostly at 25 feet depth right in front of the Dam or by Cottonwood Campground trolling. ” people have told Nick.
***Don’s Dave 1-800-879-8194
Lewistown East Fork Reservoir
Dave says, “Fishing is good on the Missouri River. They are catching catfish on hooks, sinkers and worms. “ Spring Creek is fishing well for rainbows. Most colors are working well. They like rainbow , colored wolly jiggers ,” he says.
A report came in that perch are still slow catching on Daley Lake. It is still a bit early for catching many I was told.
Fishing Report COMPILED BY Carol Henckel