With fall weather here please be aware that it can be unpredictable. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather as temperature, wind and precipitation can change quickly. Be prepared for all types of weather.
This report is compiled on Monday and Tuesday and reflects conditions and results of fishing from the past week. If you wish other information feel free to contact most parties for current daily information.
Good luck fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“It is just too cold and windy no one is going out even me. We have no
ice. Of course we have snow. The wind is blowing and has caused drifting.
The marina is closed but I will be around some of the time. The cabins are
still open,” Bill said.
Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
Bob says,” It is starting to ice up. We have some on the South edge but
it is rather dangerus. It is just too thin. We have open water from
Peewee to the dam.”
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Staff says, “Hell Creek has no ice. No one has been out. No fishermen out
there. The wind is really blowing. ”
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” If you come up here the water is covered with
thousands of ducks and geese. No one has gone out fishing between the wind
and the cold to fish. We have no ice. The dredges are just starting.”
Lake Elmo Billings
There is ice on Elmo. The cold weather coming will help. It is not
ready to be walked on as of yet.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
Word has it Cooney has ice but as of last week it was not ready to go out
on very far unless you are more daring. All docks are out now
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261
“Deadmans lake has not much ice on it. The ice was just bunched up near
shore line last week. No one is talking fishing or going out,” staff
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
“We have 4 to 5 inches at Achley and at the East Fork Reservoir. We just
need to wait for it firm up from the cold. The temperature is supposed to
go to 8 below so it won’t be long. We hear they are ice fishing on
Nelson,” staff says.
The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie says,“Went to Tongue this week and the ice was pretty iffy. I
found the ice to be pretty ugly. No one is fishing the river. The
Yellowstone has lots of ice chunks right now.”
We are in winter hours as of Oct. 1st. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we
are open 11 to 5. Saturday hours are 7 to 5 pm. “Sunday to Tuesday is
appointment only. I have lockers and can put it in there for you just
call,” Eddie says.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
The ice down from the Silos is 3 inches. Some were fishing at Hozer.
Ice should get better with the cold.. Make sure you call for conditions
before you come as things do change quickly.
Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“The ice is 4 to 5 inches at Nelson on the edges. Some people are
spearing. I saw one picture where the ice house was half in water. I
wouldn’t go yet. It is supposed to get colder and that will help. We
haven’t heard anything about Forchette. I heard it is not frozen enough
yet. We have had some minnows sold for there but don’t know the
success,” Staff says,” Don reports.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Josh says, “I heard they are catching crappie at Tongue. Cooney has
ice but it is spongy and springy but may change with the weather
change. I heard Gerrgetown has ice on it and they are catching trout
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Canyon Ferry has ice but needs more time and cold. The rivers are froze
over specifically the Jeferson and the Madison. Lots of ice jams.
Shop hours are Sunday 12 to 4 pm. Closed Monday. Tuesday to Saturday
7am to 6 pm. You can always call ahead if you are coming through and need
Something on off hours and we may be able to help.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Chris says, “Fishing is slow. The Stillwater and Yellowstone are slushy.
So it is real slow. You could get out to fish a bit in the middle of
the day and catch something. Nymphing is the choice for this time of
year. Pretty much things are the same. Weather decides things.”
We now are in fall hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat. from
9 am to 2 pm. We are closed Monday and Sunday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-237
(This is last weeks report no response this week. )Hale says ,”The river
is still at 3,000 CVS. The water is clearer now. The clarity is better
significantly. Fall streamer fishing is good. The browns are starting to
spawn. Nymph fishing is working as well. Try scuds or gray Ray Charles. We
tend not to get ice up here, you might find some down at Hardin but not
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.