With warm weather is 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 by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“The last 5 days have been awesome fishing. It has been really good
fishing. The walleye fishing has really picked up and is really good.
Fishermen are using cranks with worms and they also are using a chartreuse
or orange smiley face lure. They are going 8 to 20 feet down. Most guys
are going north of Rock Creek towards the main lake and Box Elder Creek
towards Sandi Arroyo Bay. The water temperature is 68 degrees. The
northern pike fishing has been good as well,” Bill said.
We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7to 9 on the weekend.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson
“The water is still muddy towards the South end going down to the lake.
The crappie fishing is starting to slow down some. They are catching a
few walleye towards the north end. We had some rough weather this week.
We had one day with wind at 72 mph. It sunk 2 boats anchored at the
docks and tore one boat and part of the dock out into the water. We just
finished repairing the dock and are cleaning up the wind damage. The
fishing is better in the early morning and late evening. You just have
to get close to shore and in the vegetation to find the fish ,” Bob
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley
Grayson says,” The crappie bite is slowing some. They seem to like
minnows more right now. We are seeing a lot of walleye and small mouth
being caught. The water temperature is now warmer at 75 degrees. You can
find the fish from 5 to 15 feet. Use live bait and top water lures. The
water is high and still over the spillway, We have seen a 5 pound
walleye, a 33 inch northern pike and a 4 pound small mouth this week.”
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
“The walleye and northern pike fishing has been really good again this
week. The walleye are biting. The fishermen are finding using minnows,
leaches and even night crawlers are all working. People are heading toward
Snow Creek and Sutherland. The fish are in 6 to 20 feet deep water,“ Cody
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Its hot fishing right now. Walleye fishing is
picking up. They are definitely biting better. The northern pike and bass
are being found as well. The lake trout are being found at 110 feet
down. I predict we should have a good bite for the Govenors Cup. It is
just getting started so we should see big weights at the cup. Last I heard
there were 75 teams. The guys are heading toward the Pines but it is hard
to say that will stay that way it seems to change day by day these days.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Lots of people fishing. You are seeing fish being caught on a regular
basis. Right now Lake Elmo level is up. The water is definitely
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
“Fishing has been real slow. They are catching some walleye. Bright neon
lures and pink power bait are working. The area south of Cottonwood and
fisherman Point seem to be the most active area where the fishermen are.
Marshall Cove camp sites are still under water. The boat launch is open
to use. Everything else is open. Water has gone down a little,” Alicia
Deadmans Tony Stefani
Tony says,” Fishing was sporadic this week. For some reason early morning
fishing is not as good as midmorning is. Evening fishing is good.
Evening fishing is finding more rainbows. The water is mostly clear right
now. They are catching rainbow trout using powerbait and worms.”
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
I heard at Martinsdale people were catching nice size eater rainbows
from shore using powerbait, worms and marshmallows. At Deadmans I was
told guys are catching a few fish. One guy said you need to get out there
really early like 4:30 am until like 6 am or late in the evening. Heard
of only a few Kokanee being caught. Fly fishermen seem to be having
better luck. On the Musselshell they are doing good for browns between Two
Dot and Checkerboad. One guy caught a 5 pounder.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-819
“At Nelson you may find you need to do some deep trolling for your
fish. They are catching nice eaters. On the Missouri the cat fishing
is good. They are catching. Find them as far as the PN to Fred Robinson
bridge. They are using night crawlers and cut bait. Forchette and
Crooked Creek are turning on and fishing is fair. You can put boats in.
Guys are getting walleye, pike and black crappie. The water has warmed
up. Achley is not good right now. Spring Creek is muddy,” Dale says.
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. It opened
Memorial Day weekend. The store is open and they have night crawlers
and other supplies. The campground is open. The number is
1-406-429-2999. The water level is great for launching.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie said,” The Yellowstone river is down some. It is starting to
clear. Catfish fishing is good. They are running 2 to 6 pounds in size.
Use cut bait and blood shrimp. I have had some reports of some bass
and sauger being caught now.
The Tongue is fishing okay. The water is still stained. A road runner jig
with a minnow is working.
I also heard on Martinsdale they are catching some nice trout from shore.”
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,” Lots of 14 to 16 inch walleye and some big ones. They are
heading to the south end toward White Earth. Trout fishing is excellent.
Walleye fishing is decent. Trout are mostly 2 to 4 pounds.” The Marina is
open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Jim said, “Forchette is smoking hot fishing right now. They are catching
18 to 22 inchers. The northern pike are biting lines off all over.
Those teeth are really sharp right now. Walleye fishing on Nelson
Reservoir seems to be scattered. They are still catching but it seems
to to not be consistent. If you get there real early like 4:30 am and
fish until about 8:30 am you will have success. This weekend is the
Walleyes Unlimited Camp Walleye at Nelson and there will be lots of
boats as we have 38 kids in it this year.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Josh says,” I am hearing Hell Creek is pretty darn good.
The walleye are biting. For the walleye they switched to bottom bouncers
they say using a crawler or minnow.
On Tongue the water is still pretty dirty. One guy shared that the crappy
are biting. One fellow caught quite a few walleye and a few bass as well
this week. He was using flicker shads and was trolling.
On Conney some guys are catching a few small walleye. They say it is
On the Yellowstone guys are catching cats. They tell me the water is
dropping but not a lot. It has cleared up some.
On Yellowtail someone told me there is an awful lot of drift wood in the
water. They were catching some bass using a slow moving bait.
On Hebgan they are trolling and getting rainbow trout in eater sizes. ”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
The rivers are dropping a little but continue to be high. The Madison is
clearer. They are still muddy. Canyon Ferry fishing was real good this
week. 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 Stillwater is dropping and clearer. It is coming around.
Some spots are still pretty rough. The upper is definitely better. Use
a top attractor with a dropper. Try using a Jack Cabe and a prince
nymph. If you use a streamer make sure it is weighted. A chubby hopper
may work as well. The Yellowstone is still dirty although it has cleared
some and is still high. You can try fishing the edges in a few places.
It is tougher fishing. “
We now are in summer 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 666-2375
Josh says,” The cfs is still 13900. The water is down just a little. They
are saying it may go down so again soon. But fishing has been good all
day. Nymphing is very good. Streamers are not as good. San Quan worm,
squids and the Lake Charles are working for success. Walking access on
the river is not available in lots of places. Right now there is no boat
rentals.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.