PLENTY OF FISHING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE EASTERN MONTANA FISHING REPORT: 7/24/12
By Kjel

Posted: July 25, 2012

Please be advised that the extremely hot weather has been  making  precarious  high wind  conditions as well as potential for heat stroke. Please use caution while on 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

Fishing this week is still  hot.  Northerns are really good as are bass this week.   People are using crankbaits and they seem to like the color orange and black.

 ***Grant-Crooked Creek Marina 1-406-429-2999

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

Grant says,” fishing has been pretty good this week.  They are catching walleye, pike, and some crappie.”  We are also seeing carp as well. They are using jigs and crankbaits.   We have fuel now and  the tank is operable.

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

Brett  says,” fishing is still good. Walleyes are slowly improving.  The tournament total last week was 61 pounds for 2 days.”   The catching of northern, bass and perch is really good.  They are biting on jigs and   crankbaits. They are also using minnows on bottom bouncers.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “   Fishing is excellent.  The lake and river  is really producing and they are catching 7 pounds and bigger. The trout are turning on at 80 to 90 feet.   Three salmon were caught this week that I know of. “   The walleyes are catching well in the river, ” he  says.

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

Nelson,   Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us,.”   Nelson is good fishing .”   Walleye are biting on bottom bouncers.  They are using, night crawlers, leeches as well.   Northern Pike are being caught on crankbaits.

Forchette has good fishing using bottom bouncers, night crawlers, leeches and smallmouth.

***Cooney

Fishing for walleye has  picked up.  People are limiting out.  Fish are biting on leeches and lures especially trolling.  Fishing off shore is a little better.

 ***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale and Deadmans  has  poor fishing this week from the boat and the  shoreline.  Justin thinks it is tough because as the reservoir is drawn down the hot weather makes it tough on the fish and catching them is really tough.

The river is dead and slow at this time.  They are catching a few on shore.   Slower  bite because of the heat.

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

Tongue River Reservoir

Colton says, ”fishing is still good. Walleye are 18 to 22 inches and being caught using cranks.”  T   Northern pike are doing good and being caught trolling.  They are slaying them with cranks.  The catfish are biting.

 *** Silos Marina Sharon  266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Fishing is still good. We are seeing average size walleyes in the 18 to 20 inch lengths.  The south end in the shallows is still good fishing for walleyes and they are starting to move north.   Trout  are good catching   at the hole in the wall.  Perch are fishing well.   The hot bait is glass minnows   by kits classic.   “They are catching everything, walleye, trout and perch, “ Sharon says. “ August 4th is the camp=mak-a-dream walleye benefit come fish for the kids,” Sharon says.

 *** Minnow bucket  Allen Camarillo  348-2440

“Fishing is better.  They are catching   nice catfish, “ Allen says.  Small mouth fishing is improving. The River is definitely  clear and has dropped.   Word has it a few walleye and sauger are being caught at  Hysham.

***Lake Elmo  Billings

People are catching  trout consistently.    High temperatures have slowed things down but they are catching in the morning and evening.

 ***Don’s      Dave  1-800-879-8194 

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie says “ Fishing is pretty good.  Spring Creek is great with a fly rod.  Dry fly fishing is good with yellow sally’s and Adams fly. The river is good with worms and leeches and basic jigging.  Crooked Creek is fishing well at the narrows with jigs, bottom bouncers, worm and harnesses.   They are using  a lot of small mepps and panther martins.