Report compiled by Carol Henckel
Please be advised that 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 water especially with high winds at all times and ice areas that are melting. Good luck FISHING from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.
Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560
“ We have ice but it is real spongy. I sure would not go out there. There is open water at a few points. It has been cold and we have had lots of
wind. Again no one has been out fishing that I have seen.”
Bob Peterson-Tongue River Reservoir
Bob says,” The ice has pulled away from shore many feet. There is a full sheet of ice on the main area. The bays are clearing. We have had zero
degrees overnight and then later in the day it is 48 degrees. Fishing off shore is the only way you can fish. Boats are not able to get on as of
Tuesday even to putter around to check your boat.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Clint says,” No fishing here. Rotten ice is what is happening. No possibility of using a boat yet. There are a few spots where you might
be able to bank fish. I figure the ice will be off around the 1st or 2nd week of April.”
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says,”We still have ice. They are still ice fishing but the river has slowed. Fishing is good at Flat Lake and Duck
Creek. We have had cold days still. The river is open down below Tailrace and the power house. At Boy Scout Bay they are catching a few
fish. Only a few nice trout seen.”
Lake Elmo – Billings
Lake Elmo is clear of ice. “Trout fishing is happening. No spring stocking has been done yet,” Bob says.
Cooney Reservoir – Jenny
Jenny says, “The ice is still on a large part of the lake but ice has pulled away from the shore 40 feet. Ice is not good.”
DeadmanslMartinsdale – Justin
“Deadmans has some open water but conditions are getting poorer.” Justin said.
Martinsdale “The ice is poor. The conditions are pretty precarious,” said Justin.
Don’s Lewistown- Dale
We are in between seasons. Ice is off Achley. It is fair fishing with fly rods. You can also find some fish with bait and hardware. The
fishing there is just okay.
Spring Creek has been fair using march browns and blue wings.
Ice is off Stafford Ferry. Missouri river is open from PN to Fred Robins Bridge.
Most fishing is pretty slow and “nothing to write home about.”
Access for fishermen is not possible from here. No supplies or owner available.
Dave says, “The Missouri River is good fishing. They are catching catfish, northern pike, walleye, and ling. Ice is definitely clearing
Minnow Bucket-Allen Camarillo – 861-0156
Allen says,” The river from Huntley East is clear and open. Some people are catching small mouth, ling and catfish.”
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“Canyon Ferry is pretty unpredictable right now. We can have some open water and then ice breaks loose and the area can have 30 feet of ice. You can’t get a boat in without taking a chance. . Any ice we have is just not safe at this point. A few places on shore are being fished for
trout,” Sharon says. It is really important to stop at the store before going out as conditions can change quickly.
West Side Sports Dan 1-406-654-1611
“Nelson is still fishing but most people are leary of the ice. We have had cold temps at night and warm during the day. Everyone needs to use
caution,” Dan says.
Forchette The road is muddy. Ice is way too treacherous.
Luckie says, “Not much news on fishing this week. Tongue is starting to open. Petrolia is half open. River fishing is happening from Hysham to
Miles City. There are females spawning. Fred Robinson is open but there are some ice heaves on the ramp.”
Rich’s Tackle- Richard
“They are catching a few fish boat fishing at Hauser and Holter. Walleye fishing is slow. The lower river by Totson Dam is good for rainbow trout. They are catching whitefish on the Jefferson and the Missouri right now,” Rich says.