Report compiled by Carol Henckel
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
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“We had a week full of a lot of wind. One of the fisherman I had brave
the wind did catch some northern pike casting in the shallows. Not a lot
but some. It was 52 degrees and cold. Hopefully this next week will be
better. If you are coming up call to see if fuel is available. 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
The weather was windy here. They are catching some walleye. Some crappies
are being caught. You just have to find the spot where they are.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Hell Creek weather has been pretty windy. Walleye fishing is slow. If the
clouds are out fishing is poor but when the sun is out and the weather is
good you can catch some bass. Go 8 to 12 to 14 feet deep. The northerns
are in the weed beds. If you are a skilled northern fisherman you are
finding them. Cranks are not working
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” It is pretty good for lake trout. You can
catch northern pike and small mouth but walleye are slow on the dam end.
Hacksbee ,the face of the dam and Bear Creek point are where the lake
trout are. Try using KO Wobblers, flutter spoons and cranks 12 to 17
Lake Elmo Billings
Ken says,” A few days ago I saw some fishermen catching fish. They spent
a lot of the day trying. They are still trying today and I just saw a guy
catch a rainbow so they are getting some. The wind can make it rough.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
Fishing seems to have picked up from a boat. The North Shore dock is in
for launching. They have been catching walleye. Shore fishing has been
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261
“Only heard of a few Kokanees being caught at Deadmans.
Martinsdale had picked up last week but haven’t heard much this week.
Some fishermen are catching rainbow trout. Not much fishing happening
this week everyone is hunting, “Ken says.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
“Spring Creek is mostly nymph fishing now. Use Copper Johns and pheasant
tails to catch fish. Achley, is doing well from shore. Just throw
anything in, bait, fly or lure. Really anything you want to throw at
them. The river is still mossy,” Dale says.
I heard again they are catching some nice pike and walleye going north
at Crooked Creek. The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
“It slowed for bass this past week. It is slow but if you catch bass they
are nice big bass. From Hysham east they are catching walleye and
sauger. The water temp is 46 degrees. I saw 2 to 2 ½ pounders, walleye.”
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
“Canyon Ferry has slowed. We have just not seen fishermen. They are all
out hunting. It is decent fishing I would say.
They are fishing northeast going deep. Some are catching walleye and
trout. The fish have been average size,” Sharon says. Our hours are 7 am
to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“The fishing is still good this week. It has cooled off. The weekend is
nice. Use a minnow and jig and go 20 to 30 feet deep at Nelson,” Jim
Still hearing from others that at Forchette is okay fishing. You can
catch bass, walleye, northern pike, drum and cats.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Josh says, “ Yellowtail bass are done. Crank and top waters weren’t
working well for bass. At Cooney they are catching some nice walleye
right now. They are trolling cranks. I know of some who are catching
sauger by Forsyte. But most of what I heard is hit and miss. I also
heard the lake trout are hitting at Fort Peck.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“Still hearing they are catching on the north end of Canyon Ferry. Not
many guys out.
The rivers are good fishing but windy a lot. Browns on the rivers are
Being caught. You can also catch rainbows, “ Rich says.
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
Bill says, “The wind was the story again. On the
Yellowstone fishing has been okay but only nymphing is working. Try a
copper Johns in red and green. Also try hairs ears and Prince nymphs.
Over cast blue wing olives if you can.”
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
The river is at 3,000 CVS right now. The water has discoloration right
now. Streamers are the best to do right now. Try stump busters and
small wooly buggers in olive and black. For the nymph fishing try simple
scuds or a 18 size gray Ray Charles. Dry fishing is slow. You have to
find the right place at the right time. Sometimes that fishing is
Call if you need specific information.” Our shop hours are 7 am to 5 pm.
Monday to Sunday.