Fishing report compiled by Carol Henckel
Please be advised that ice conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Also, use extreme caution on the ice at all times.
Good luck FISHING from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.
Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560
“Fishing here is still good! They are still catching catching walleye, northern pike and lake trout using live minnows. Northern Pike are still good usually 7 to 10 pounds. The ice is 12 to 18 inches thick. Just be cautious around the pressure ridges. There are more since Sunday”, reports Bill of Rock creek Marina.
Bob Peterson-Tongue River Reservoir
Fishing has picked up. Today someone came in and went fishing for 2 hours and caught 15 crappies. This past weekend we had a Veterans fish day and everyone caught fish so it was a fair fishing day. The ice is good, over a foot.
It is good for crappies, walleye and they are catching a few perch. Bob says, ”The roads are melting with the weather temperatures changing so often and can be slushy and slippery. When you are coming in and out be careful.”
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Nate from Scheels says northern pike fishing has been good in the bay customers have told him. Walleyes are okay and some are being caught.
Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says, ”Northern pike, walleye and lake trout are being caught. It hasn’t been that bad of fishing. The ice is fair and you have to be careful. They are using tipups with minnows. Many are fishing at Bear Creek, Ducktail and in the Dredge Cuts.”
Lake Elmo Billings
The ice is empty of ice fishermen this week. The ice is good. But only the hockey players and ice skaters have been on the ice. Fishing has been really not good.
Cooney Reservoir – Jenny
“The ice is pretty good. There is some open water in places because of the varying air temperature and the reservoir has been coming up some.”, Jenny says. Fishing has slowed down. There is snow still on the ice.
DeadmanslMartinsdale – Justin
Locations right now are determining whether the fishing is good.
Martinsdale has been fishing okay for rainbows. Really all species have been good. Ice is 12 to 14 inches thick. They are using a worm with a Swedish pimple.
Deadmans Watch conditions getting on the ice. The edges can be soft. There has been some thawing and freezing going on. ,” said Justin.
Don’s Lewistown- Dale
“I have had good reports of fishing this week. The trout pond has been off a bit. Hanson Dam seems to be the only one producing. Achley Lake has been coming back. They are using green power bait and corn at Hell Creek Bay. Hell Creek has been catching walleyes, northern pike and perch on minnows. They are also using frozen smelt and getting good size catches.
It is excellent ice and access is good. Nelson has turned on again and actually has been really hot,” Dale says.
According to fishermen they are catching decent catches. You just need to be careful. They are using 4 wheelers and are traveling quite a way out to catch fish.
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They are catching at Fort Peck, Forchette and Devil’s Creek. Fishing is really good. They are using jigs and minnows. The best catch is northern pike and they are catching some perch and walleye.
Minnow Bucket-Allen Camarillo 861-0156
Fishing news is about the same. Tongue’s walleye bite is a bit better I hear. The Yellowstone river is looking good on the lower end. Some people are catching ling. It is open in the Huntley area so people might want to try it. Fort Peck is good at Crooked Creek. I am also.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
Fishing has been medium. Walleye have been good. Trout has been excellent. Perch have been illusive and you have to go really deep to 50 to 60 feet. They appear to have not moved south yet. They have changed their pattern. Ice is good, 12 to 17 inches and is good for ice skating and for ice boating. The locals have marked some areas with pressure ridge issues.
It is really important to stop at the store before going out as pressure ridges are changing daily.
West Side Sports Dan 1-406-654-1611
Nelson – Ice looks good at Nelson. The fishing has slowed up. The ice is 16 to 20 inches deep. Perch and northern pike are on the bite. Walleye has slowed. Minnows are the choice of bait.
Forchette has ice but access is a problem. The front moved in and it slowed down fishing. People say it is hit or miss for walleye and they are small.
Nate says, “Sauger are being caught on the Yellowstone near Huntley.
Fort Peck at Crooked Creek is okay. It is just working for decent walleyes no whoppers. Just be careful as you venture out. They are going 8 to 10 miles. Towards Lost Creek they are catching.
On Fort Peck, Hell Creek has turned on for pike. Walleye fishing is okay.
Nelson fishing is still okay fishing I hear.”
Big Horn is fishing good right now. Catching is good.
On the Musselshell down from Rouundup they are catching catfish, small mouth and carp so fishing has picked up.