(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. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor.
Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and stay safe.
Good luck fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill says “Still some nice northern pike being caught. A fisherman caught 38 in 4 hours of fishing. That’s pretty good. It is still good fishing just watch the weather. Catch the pike on cranks towards shore. One fisherman limited out on walleye jigging. I will not be open for a few months. I have pulled all docks except the two courtesy docks.
We will have minimum services but if you need information leave a message on the answering machine and I will try to get back to you. I will not be around but we will open when the ice comes in later.”
Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson
There are some crappies being caught right now. I all sizes. Pee Wee and rattlesnake point is the direction to go. Jigs are are working.
No one is having any luck catching bass. The Tongue River marina is closed for the season.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Lots of Northern Pike being caught. It is really good fishing for them. One group of two guys caught 19 in half a day. A few walleye are being caught. They are just starting. One fellow got a 13 pounder but most of the walleye he caught were 2 to 3 pounds. There are some nice size bass being caught on worms.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says,” Only a few salmon being caught toward the face of the dam or Duck Creek or Marina boat ramp. They are getting a few walleyes. Northern pike are biting like crazy. Go to the weed line or tree falls. Lake trout are being caught at 60 to 80 feet but only hit and miss.”
Lake Elmo Billings
Trout are being caught. A few people are out trying their luck off shore.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
“We pulled out the Marshall cove dock this week. The other docks, the north Shore and Red Lodge Creek are still in. You can still launch a boat there. Fishing has slowed down. A few people have caught some nice perch off the face of the dam. We did get 8 inches of snow but the majority is gone”, Jenny said. Camp spots are first come first serve. No reservation needed.
“On Martinsdale they are catcing some nice size rainbows. The cooler temps are helping. Still some difficulties launching but it can be done.
The Musselshell has been decent,” Justin says.
Deadmans has been fairly decent fishing. They are fishing off shore with success. The launch is okay. Just use the concrete part of the ramp.
Don’s Lewistown- Dale
“On Spring Creek the browns are up creek. Catch browns on a rainbow lure.
There is a baetes hatch. The water has been warm. It has been in the 60’s off and on.
Achley Lake actually is really good.
On the Missouri, it has been phenomenal The moss has worked its way out.
They are bank fishing in shallow water 10 to 15 feet. They are catching catfish and sauger as well. Fall is starting”, Dale said.
The marina is not open. It is closed but cabins are still available for other uses just call 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Allen Camarillo 861-0156
The river is again dirty this week. At Huntley you can get catfish because they like the muddy water.
From Laurel West the water is clear and I hear they are catching some smallmouth. Haven’t heard of any sauger being caught.
Yellowtail is closed because of the federal budget stalemate.
Cooney- Try fishing at the face of the Dam towards shore for walleye. The evening is better for walleye using cranks.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“Silos is open for fishing. Guys could fish this week because the wind died down. The water is about the same in depth it is still low. Walleye are being caught. The weight is down a bit but the guys that went out got 14 to 16 inchers. Most came in with bout six. Lots of perch and trout being caught. I still suggest you call if you need information on the water at the Silos. We will give you the latest information. The docks are low. Be careful at Broadwater Bay. Stay to the north away from the sandbar near Gazebo 1,” Sharon says.
West Side Sports Dan 1-406-654-1611
Nelson has slowed down this week. Use bottom bouncers and a jig for walleye at 12 to 20 feet deep. Northerns are being caught still at 8 to 12 feet. Bottom bouncers seem to be working this week. Some are jigging with a minnow. Right now the minnows are tough to find.
Forchette is closed because of the Federal budget stalemate.
Nate says Scheels has it’s ice fishing stuff out now.
The Yellowstone to Huntley is muddy but it is starting to clear. Of course you can catch catfish.
Someone went fishing at Colstrip but it was really slow.
At Cooney they have been catching walleye on jigs.
Rich’s Tackle Richard
Lots weather effected fishing this week. The rivers are coming up.
Not many fishermen around this week. The Jefferson is muddy and up.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Both the Stillwater and the Yellowstone are clear now. they are now floatable. The winter storm took down a lot of trees so there are a few obstacles. Nymph fishing is working. Streamers are working well. Guys are catching rainbows and a few browns. The hours during the week have changed and they are open Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm now.
Fort Smith Trout Shop 666-2375 Rich
Fishing is good right now. You can use both nymphs and dry these days.
The river is at 2000 CFS as of today. The Federal budget problem has closed both the After Bay and 3 Mile because they are federal sites. The Big Horn, 3 mile and 2 Leggins are open. Call for specific launching information.
Use dry fly black caddis and cattis pupa. Also use gray Ray Charles and olive pheasant nymphs as they are working. Try pink soft tackle sow bugs and static back baetes are working.
For streamer fishing use black and cream color streamers. They are working very well. The mallards access is seeing more tricos right now.
(Report compiled by Carol Henckel; Cover photo: ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com)