Some Great Fishing Opportunities in the Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Kjel

Posted: August 22, 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 and enjoy the fishing report.

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

”We caught 40 fish, 26  Northerns, 9 bass and 5 walleye. Fishing is really awesome right now.  I went out today and had the best fishing of the season.  Sometimes we had 3 on at the same time.  We were using crankbaits.  They seem to be working on all fish right now.  The water  temperature is 73 degrees and hasn’t slowed the fish down , Bill explains.  Walleye are being caught shallow in 8 to 15 feet   of water.   The tournament brought in a 39 inch big northern, a 4 ½ # bass and a 3 # walleye.

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

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

“Northerns are pretty steady fishing.  Small mouth and catfish are good.  Walleye bite is slower this week,” Grant says.  Due to water temp and conditions bait colors change a lot. Shore line is tough because  water temp is still too warm.

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

“ Walleye have slowed some. It is day by day for them.  We went out 2 days and did good and then the next 2 days got few.  That’s in 18 to 30 feet mostly with crawlers,  ”Clint explained.   Northern Pike and small mouth   are going good west of Hell Creek from   Snow Creek to Bone Trail.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, “   They are still catching salmon off   the dam.  It is spotty and you have to put your time in.  They are a really nice silver color.   The lake trout are fishing well in 100 to 120 ft depths.  The walleye are   good at Grave Point, Bell Point and the pines in 25 to 30 feet depths. Northern pike are biting like crazy in 15 to 25 feet. “

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

Nelson,   Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us,.”   Nelson is fairly good.  They are using bottom bouncers and worms on perch and walleye.   Crankbaits   are doing well on northern pikes.  Water temps are warm.  Forchett has slowed down.  They are using   bottom bouncers on walleyes and cranks on pike.“

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale and Deadmans

Martinsdale’s worm fishing is good from shore.  Boat fishing is still inconsistent using hardware.

Deadmans trout fishing is just okay.

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

Tongue River Reservoir

Colton says,   ”Fishing is still good.  They are trolling for walleye, northern pike and small mouth bass. We are seeing more crappie   and smallmouth coming in.  I have only heard of a few large  mouth being caught.” They are catching catfish as well.

 *** Silos Marina Sharon  266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Fishing   has been good this week.   The wind has been blowing some. “The   walleye are moving toward  Hole in the wall.  They are being found 6 to 20 feet deep   ,”   Sharon says.  “   We had a 5year old that caught a 10 pound walleye down south.  I also saw a 34 inch walleye as well, “  Sharon explains.  They are still catching   northern pike.   Trout are fishing well also.

 *** Minnow bucket  Allen Camarillo  348-2440

“The river continues to be clear but it is dropping. “There seem to be more smallmouth being caught. Use crankbaits  to catch them.  Catfish are still being caught on the  river ”, Allen says.

 ***Lake Elmo  Billings

Fishing continues to be good but not in the warmest part of the day.  A good place for kids to  consistently catch fish.

***Don’s    Charlie  1-800-879-8194 

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie says, “Spring Creek is  doing well.  Different grass hopper patterns are now working.  The gold and silver panther martins   also work.  Ackley fishermen are doing well   by trolling with girdle bugs and wooly buggers.”  “The river is good.  They   are still catching  sauger on the river.  Their  using worms off the down river side of  sandbars”, he said.

***Lewistown Sports  Dave  1-406-535-6898 

Dave says, “Spring Creek is still really good using hoppers.  Crooked Creek is as good anything in the state.  On Crooked Creek use bottom bouncers and night crawlers with spinners to catch the fish.  They are in 10 to 18 feet of water.  Fishing is really good.”

COMPILED BY Carol Henckel