Fishing Is Slow As Anglers Wait On The Ice: Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: November 21, 2012

Before you get out and fish, call the contact person in the area 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 spotty because of weather conditions. No further report at this time.

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

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

There are no supplies (ice or fuel) at the marina at this time. Grant does have storage and cabins call for information.

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

Fishing is slower because of cold weather. They are catching fish in the shallows. The road has been bad because of snow. Depths for fish are at the 12 foot mark. The water temp is about 48 degrees. Some northern pike fishing is going on in the evening.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene says, “weather has made things muddy at ramps and banks.”

“The river is clear,” Gene reports. “They are catching some walleyes below the power house.“

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

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us, “a few fishermen tried for perch on extremely thin ice. Really is too dangerous to do especially as the temperature warms up. Forchette is muddy and not fishing well right now.”

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale: It has been pretty windy. Not many fishermen out there. There is no ice. Bad weather and wind changed things. You are dealing with low water as well.

Deadmans is low and the dock is pulled and few people are fishing. Weather makes fishing difficult.

*** Tongue River Marina & Scheels

Tongue River Reservoir

“There is a little ice on the south end,” Bob reports. “Very few people are fishing. Boats are okay to use. It has been warm in the 40’s and 50’s. Just don’t go farther than rattlesnake point,” Bob says. The electricity will be on all year. We will leave the docks in as long as we can.

The marina is closed for the season.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Very little fishing going on this week A few brave shore fishermen have fished for trout.

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440

“I talked to one man who did really well on Tongue fishing with a small tube jig. He has caught lots of small mouth on that tube jig. They were 20-22 inches. There is some thin ice, but not an issue to get the fish from shore. He caught a 30 inch pike and a 4 ½ inch walleye. Guys hunting are bringing a pole to the breaks and catching a few in the middle of the day,” Allen explains. “The river is looking clear and is good fishing for walleye, sauger and trout,” Allen reports.

***Lake Elmo Billings

The walleye, crappie and perch are laying low because of water temperature. There has been a skim of ice at times. In fact the geese were standing on the ice. But now the ice is gone. Trout like the cold, so you can catch some of those from shore.

*** Cooney

Some fishing off the dam is still happening. Night fishing is still catching some.

Cooney is very low.

***Don’s Charlie 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

They are still catching fish with Bluewings on Spring Creek. Also using standard nymphs.

Ponds are doing good on bait and on Achley they are using worms and leeches.

Missouri River fishing is working with minnows. You can get live minnows at Don’s now.

River is a little low. They are doing well for northerns from James Kipp to Rock Creek. They are catching sauger, walleye and some small catfish.

***Scheels Lucky

Lucky said, “The Yellowstone River is still fishing well. It is fishing excellent from Miles City to Forsyte. They fish are migrating. I also caught sauger and a sturgeon.

On the Big Horn River, there is good trout fishing striping streamers. They are also using blue fox, Thomas cyclone and Rapella count down #7 and having success.

I hear Fort Peck has been good. Somebody caught a monster from shore using cranks.

The Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the week of  11/20/12 was compiled by Carol Henckel