With Fall Approaching There Is Still Good Fishing: Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Kjel

Posted: August 29, 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

“When fishing you need to go deeper. People are using crankbaits. They are limiting out on northern and walleye if they know where the holes are. Those guys seem to go out every time and come back with lots of fish. When they bite, they really bite. The water temperature is 74 degrees,” Linda explains.

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

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

“Guys are coming in saying they are seeing lots of fish in shallow water. They are seeing lots of catfish, perch. They are literally seeing the fish up close to the surface in the salt cedar for the last 3 days. Walleye have been 2 to 5 pounds. The walleye bite is again slower this week,” Dennis says. Bait colors have been chartreuse and pink. People are using leeches and some guys are using minnows even artificial minnows.

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

Lane said, “ Walleye are pretty slow. The water temp is up. They are catching northern pike with crankbaits east of Hell Creek, ”Lane explained. Some are catching a few bass.” Best fishing is early in the cooler part of the day, Lane explains..

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene says, “ The salmon are still being caught at the dam. Lake trout are being caught and of course morning and evening are best for fishing. The walleye are being caught at Grave Point, Bell Point and the pines. The spillway is scheduled to be turned on September 4th. Guys are using flutterspoons and flasher squids.”

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

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us,” At Nelson lots of guys are finding fishing good. Bottom bouncers and worms are working. “If you wade through the little fish you do get some nice ones”, Dan says. Crankbaits are doing well on northern pikes. They seem to bite on anything. Walleyes are 14 to 18 inches.

Forchett has slowed down. They are using bottom bouncers on walleyes and cranks on pike. “If you can figure out a way to beat the heat then you get something,” Dan explains.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

All fishing is definitely slower this week. Martinsdale’s worm fishing is okay from shore. Boat fishing is still off and on because of high heat .

Deadmans trout fishing is also slow.

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

Tongue River Reservoir

Colton says, ” Fishing is still good. The water is definitely dropping but not a lot. The reservoir is stilling being let out,” he says. Walleyes average size has been 8 to 10 pounds. The are using cranks for the fish at 15 to 30 feet. They are also pitching cranks for smallmouths and using less jiging.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Fishing was again good this week. “ Hole in the wall seems to be where they are catching them. They are being found at 6 to 20 feet depth ,” Sharon says, “ They are still catching northern pike. Trout are again fishing well. Of course early in the day and late in the day when it is cooler are best.”

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440

“The river water is dropping. It is clear at this time.“ Smallmouth, walleye and sauger are the better catch. Crankbaits are the primary bait. Catfish are the main fish being caught on the river ”, Allen says. Low flows are definitely happening so early morning and late into the night is best for catching. Allen says he is getting more nice minnows in this week.

***Lake Elmo Billings

Fishing continues to be good but not in the warmest part of the day. Trout are being caught but mostly in the morning and evening.

***Don’s Charlie 1-800-879-8194

— Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie says, “ Spring Creek is fishing good using hoppers or LBF nymphs. The gold and silver panther martins also work. Ackley fishermen are using small blades, girdle bugs or woolly buggers. Bottom walkers, sinkes and floating jig heads are working. The walleye are in 16feet deep water. by trolling with girdle bugs and wooly buggers.” “ They are catching northern, bass and crappies at 6 to 10 feet”, he said.