Lake Trout Fishing Great on Fort Peck: Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: November 1, 2012

Please use caution while on all area waterways at all times. Call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information. Good Luck Fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.

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

“Fishing is pretty good still. Northern fishing continues and they are biting. Cranks and minnows are working. They are still catching limits on walleyes at 8 to 20 feet,” Bill reports. “Lake trout are being caught at Haxby point and at the dam.”

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

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

Slower fishing is happening,m but there are still walleye and northern being caught. The walleye are a couple miles out from shore. Cranks are working better. Boats have to be really careful between the ramp and past Anderson point. Word has it the Corp plans on dropping the water level, which will impact Crooked Creek.

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

“Fishing has stayed the same and is good,” Clint reports. “Walleye are still up in the bays. They are looking for cooler water. Depths for fish are 10 to 12 feet deep using jigs. Perch are being caught in the bay. The color brown with crankbaits is working on northerns.”

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

“Lake trout fishing is excellent. They are practically jumping in the boat without a lure,” Gene joked. “They are biting good at Haxby Point and at the dam,” he reports. “On the river walleye fishing is good. Mostly in the shallows both off shore and out in the river. Nice fish,” Gene says. “And the salmon fishing is pretty much done. Northern pike fishing is still good.”

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

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us, “it has been cool and windy this week. Not much fishing was going on. Few catching on Nelson with jigs and minnows or walleyes. Northerns are being caught on cranks.”:

“Forchette is the same. The guys are using bottom bouncers on walleyes. Some jigging going on. Not much talk about how they are doing there. Just dragging nightcrawlers is also working,” Dan explains.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale: Shore fishing is producing rainbows, but no browns. Cool temperatures are changing things. Water is very low and makes fishing difficult. Not many fishermen out right now.

Deadmans is low and the dock is pulled. There are few fishermen so information is tough to get. Trout fishing is decent.

*** Tongue River Marina & Scheels

Tongue River Reservoir

Fishing is slower. The cool spell slowed fishing down. Smallmouth bass are the primary catch. They have pulled the docks. Check conditions before you go. Water is low, but it is rising some, so you can get boats in.

The marina is closed for the season.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Sharon says, “good trout fishing is still happening. Walleye fishing at the mouth of the river is decent. Use a flat bottom boat because of the water depths. Walleye are deep 30 to 50 feet deep and the bite is off and on. We are seeing more shore fishermen for trout.”

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440

“The river is good. Small mouths are being caught. The bite has been going east for walleye and sauger,” Allen said. “Walleye are being caught at the dam and shoreline.”

***Lake Elmo Billings

Slower fishing because of cool weather. Only a few fishermen are out. Shore fishermen are catching off shore. The changing temperatures changes conditions so this week should improve for a little time.

*** Cooney

The bite is good off of the dam at Cooney. They are using black lead head jigs using twister tails half black and white. Many people are night fishing and having success.

***Don’s Charlie 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie says, “Spring Creek action is excellent using Bluewings. They are using standard nymphs as well.” Walleye and northern pike have slowed down.

On the Missouri River, minnows are working well. Don’s now has live minnows for sale.

On Fort Peck, in Crooked Creek the northern pike fishing is coming on in the brush. Walleye are picking up as well. The water is clearing and some are catching nice perch.

***Scheels Lucky Bethol

Yellowstone Lake has had the sauger doing well towards Wyoming. The bite is right on the border of Montana and Wyoning. It is an excellent bite, but few bass.

Martinsdale has good trout fishing. They are pulling cranks using trout lures like panther martins and Thomas cyclones.

On the Yellowstone River, bass fishing is still good. They are congregating like they do in cooler temps. Walleye, northern pike and sauger are doing good. The river people are seeing up 8-10 inch fish and the water is rising.

The bass fishing is the primary bite. Tongue is low but rising. Watch the weather, as cooler temperatures will push them deep, so if you are going to fish, do it now. Right now, they are catching fish in shallows.

Cooney is good for night fishing.

“Fort Peck I hear the dry arm is good for northern pike and bass. Cranks are working in the shallows,” Lucky reports.

The Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the week of 11/1/12 was compiled by Carol Henckel.