Lots of Action on Fort Peck in the Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: August 8, 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 Show Crew.

***Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560

“Pike fishing is still outstanding,” Bill reports. “I caught a 33 incher myself.” They are using bottom bouncers with worms. Walleye are being caught shallow in 8 to 15 feet of water. One guy caught a 31 inch walleye on Saturday. Some guys are limiting out on walleyes and most are 17 to 21 inches. The water temperature is between 73 to 75 degrees.

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

Crooked Creek on Fort Peck Reservoir

“Fishing is good. Man, everything is outstanding,” Grant exclaims. Fishermen are catching walleye, pike, crappie, bass and paddlefish in numbers. Northern pike are really good and we are seeing big crappies. The water is going down so we are starting to see cottonwoods and willows peeking up. “The Fall classic saw 40 pounds of fish for 2 days. We saw a 42 inch northern pike. The biggest walleye was 28 inches,” Grant reports. We have all services available.

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

Brett said, “the walleye fishing is pretty good.” They have slowed some and works with bottom bouncer with crawler. Northern Pike are biting at 14 to 17 feet on crankbaits. Best catch east towards the dam. They are catching some 3 pounds with an average of 12 to 14 pounds.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “Northern Pike are still good! Salmon are being caught but are spotty. Some boats are getting 4 or 5. They are catching them at the face of the dam. The lake trout are good. The walleye are still good as well. The river is still fishing good for walleye and northern pike. Just come on up.”

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

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us,.”Nelson is fishing good. They are using bottom bouncers and jigs. Northern Pike are doing well and being caught on crankbaits. Get out early in the A.M. for the best bite.” Forchett is working with bottom bouncers and crawlers. Again the bite is best in the morning because of the heat.


Walleye fishing has picked up. Some are catching their limits. Shore fishing is a little better.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale and Deadmans fishermen are fishing 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.

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

Tongue River Reservoir

Colton says, “They are trolling for walleye, northern pike and small mouth bass. Crappie fishing is picking up. Flicker shads are working especially black gold or browns and golds.” They are catching catfish as well. Go deeper where it is cooler to get them.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 1-406-266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Fishing is good. The numbers are good and consistent despite the heat. Walleye are moving north. They are catching mostly on the west end at Hole in the wall and White Earth. People are catching trout, walleye and perch. “Walleyes are running 14 to 16 inches,” Sharon reports. Camp-mak-a-dream walleye benefit winners were John Guthrie and Chet Cook in first place with a 20 inch walleye and Roger Terwillger with 19 ½ inch walleye. The 3rd place winning team was Ralph Snyder and D. Richardson with a 16 inch walleye. The fourth place winning team by coin toss was Jim Banta, Joycee Smith and Corky Roberts with a 15 ½ inch walleye.

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 1-406-348-2440

“Fishing is improving. Night fishing is best. They are catching sauger going east toward Custer at night. Fishermen are still catching catfish. We just need cooler days,” Allen reports. “The River continues to clear. It has dropped some more.”

***Lake Elmo Billings

Early morning and late day fishing is best because of the high heat temperatures. They are consistently catching fish at that time.

***Don’s Dave 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Dave says, “ It is hotter than Hates’! Fish the ponds and lakes for good fishing. At Ackley guys are trolling using leaded line and a couple of colors going deep you should catch something.” Crooked Creek is good going deeper using a dead stick light rod and worm harness because of the moss. Spring Creek is doing fair on hoppers. Nymphs are the standard to use right now.


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