With warm 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. 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.
(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“The fishing turned on Saturday. I saw a couple walleye 30 inches that
were caught. I also saw a couple of 27 inchers and a 25 incher. A minnow
with a jig or a worm harness are working. The water temperature was 58 in
the morning and by afternoon it was 65 degrees. They are heading South of
Rock Creek and catching some bass and northern pike. Not many northerns
caught, they have shut down. I went to Haxby Point fishing and we got 50
lake trout on the dry arm. Eighty lake trout in two days.
The Wolf Point Walleyes Unlimited has the Rock Creek walleye tournament is
this weekend. There are still a few openings. Call 406-495-2560 for
information. The Entry fee is $200.00,” Bill said.
We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7to 9 on the weekend.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson
Fishing this week was pretty good even with the rain. They have been
catching a lot of crappies The lake is up to full pool. It does has
vegetation and is a little murky on the South end. The other end is
clearer. A fair number of crappies were caught especially in late evening
and early morning. Some bass also were caught.”
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley
Stephanie tells us,” The crappie are moving towards shore. The bass seem
to as well. They are definitely catching more crappie. The walleye are
being more picky as the water is high. The cfs is 2900. The water
temperature is 60 degrees. It is muddy toward the river. They are using
the usual worms and minnows.”
Stephanie and Wade Bastrom now run the Tongue river Marina. The Marina
schedule is Monday to Thursday 8 to 6 pm, On Friday and Saturday 7 to 9 pm
and Sunday, 7 to 6 pm. We will have minnows, leaches and night crawlers.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“Fishing has slowed because of the recent rain storms. The walleye are
biting west near timber creek in the shallows Use a jig and a minnow. The
northern and the bass seem to be slow right now because of the rain. They
can be found just about anywhere,“ Cody says.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” There is solid slow fishing on the whole lake.
Northern pike and small mouth bass are fishing real good. They are fishing
at 20 to 30 feet one day and the next day it is at 50 feet. The water has
been warming. It is at 58 degrees.”
Lake Elmo Billings
Bob says,” We are definitely seeing a lot of people. The rainbow trout
and blue gill are coming on. The fly fishermen are getting carp in the
weeds. Right now Lake Elmo is pretty much at the same level. I have
heard the Big Horn is really full. On Saturday all the fishermen were
fishing below 3 mile. Everyone fished from after bay and 3 miles. I
heard the guides and public were really great helping each other to
allow everyone to fish. “
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Glenis says, ”People are now catching walleye and rainbow trout. They
are using a cray fish imitation. You can launch at Red Lodge arm and
North Shore but Marshall Cove is closed because of the high water. Water
is over the spillway. Everywhere is muddy pretty much all day.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
Tony says,” Fishing was good from both boat and from shore. There were
lots of people out. They are catching rainbow trout and salmon. The are
using powerbait and worms. It has definitely been muddy.”
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“Guys at Martinsdale are catching nice size rainbows from shore. They are
using powerbait, worms and marshmallows. Not hearing about any boat
fishing mostly shore. There is still a lot of action at Broadview Pond.
They still are catching,” Terry said.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-819
“Come fishing! Achley is doing real well. Use night crawlers and
spinners from the shore or boat. The river is colder water. The
catfishing is slow. The walleye and northern pike is doing well. Use a
jig and a crawler with set lines or a fishing rod. At Crooked Creek
fish at 15 feet or less. Try a night crawler jigging. Try a fire
tiger,” Charlie says.
The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999. Heard they are
catching some crappies.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie said,” The Yellowstone River is very high and extremely
dangerous. It has slowed down for catfish. Catfish fishing is just
not something to do right now with water conditions. On Deadman’s
they are knocking down salmon and trout with needle fish and cowbells.
On Olka Bay they are doing well with smallmouth. Thank you to all who
came to the Family fishing day. We had about 250 people and everyone
caught a fish.”
We are now in summer hours. We are closed Monday. On Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday we are open 11 to 5, Friday 11 to 7, Saturday 7
to 7 and Sunday 7 to 5pm.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
Sharon says,” Fishing has been excellent. People are not catching lots of
fish but we are seeing “huge fish” being caught. I know of 5 or 6 31
inchers that were caught and that is not counting the ones rumored of.
No one place is good it seems to be everywhere on the water. Try us a
bottom bouncer or jigging both are having success. Water temperature is
62 to 63 degrees.” The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Jim said, “At Nelson Reservoir the walleye ae moving down the lake.
Fishing was again good this week. Guys are catching walleye and northern
pike. At Forchette people are catching walleye, pike and small mouth.
Bottom bouncers and cranks are working.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Josh says,” I went to Hell Creek this week and fishing
was okay for bass. They were shallow. We only got a few walleye. I
would say fishing was not hot but you could have success cranking. I
think the walleye are spawned out. On the Dry Arm fishing was pretty
slow. I know of some people who went for the week and only had one good
day. On Tongue they tell me the crappie bite is starting. They were seeing
some nice bass. On Yellowtail guys are catching some nice bass.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
” The rivers are way up and very muddy. The Madison is a little lower but
really none of them are good for fishing. At Canyon Ferry I know of one
boat where they caught three walleye over 30 inches in one fishing day”,
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
Chris says,” The Stillwater and the Yellowstone are both blown out. You
just can’t fish it. You might be able to find a small tributaries or
going up higher but that is not likely. The rivers are running way to
high and just not safe. “
We now are in spring 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
Stephanie says,” They have raised the cfs to 10575. (No, that is not a
typo.) So you have really high water. It is good fishing. Nymphing is
good, it is fabulous. It is a little muddy and it is coming off the
bank. Streamers are working. Use big worms and skuds. Go for the 14 to
16 sizes. Use the big patterns.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now
Monday to Sunday.