Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Wee of 6.29.15
By angelamontana

Posted: July 2, 2015

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.

Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“Fishing continues to be very good. The walleye fishing has picked up and
is good. The water temperature is 70 degrees. The air temperatures sure
have been warm. Fishermen are using cranks with worms or leaches. They are
catching walleye, bass and pike.  Most guys are finding walleye north of
Rock Creek. There was a guy who got a 32 ½ inch walleye at McGuire Creek.
We are having some smoke here that is drifting down from Canada.  This
morning(Tuesday) it was really thick.  You could not see very far in front
of you.  It is clearing now but you can smell the smoke,” Bill said.
We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7to 9 on the weekend.

Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson
“The lake is clearing. It is not nearly as muddy as it had been. The
heat is definitely affecting the fish.  They go deeper.  My guys have
gone out checking how the fishing is.  The bite is slowing but picks up
late in the evening and the guys found walleye and crappies being caught
then. The crappie fishing is starting to slow down some,” Bob reports.

Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley
Wade says,” The heat has slowed some of the fish activity.  We have seen a
8 pound walleye and a a 13.1 pound northern pike caught this week.  The
pike was caught on 10 pound line by the guy’s  wife who does not fish a
lot.  She was really pumped, really surprised. The crappie bite is slowing
some. The leech bite is just starting. ”

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
“With the heat the fish are definitely going deep.  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 finding fish heading toward
Snow Creek, Sutherland and Crooked Creek going east.  Guys are fishing
with both cranks and bottom bouncers and using a plain hook with no bead
and a red bead.  That has helped make walleye fishing good. You can catch
the northerns but you have to work for them. The biggest walleye we heard
of was 6 ½ pounds. With the temperatures of 102 this week we also are
having some smoke issues from Canada.  This morning (Tuesday) the smoke
haze made Go deeper because of the heat.it hard to see 200 feet, from the
house we could not see the campground.  It has gotten better.  It is
coming from Canada,“ Cody says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Fishing is good right now. Walleye fishing is
great.  They are finding good lake trout and small mouth bass fishing.
The lake trout are being found at 100 to 150 feet down. They don’t like
this heat. Guys are heading towards Hacksbee, York Island and Bear Creek
and catching. As far as walleye we are seeing lots of small walleye, 4 to
5 pounders this year but if you keep at it you can find the bigger ones.
Just takes some more work.+”

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Lots of people fishing. There are fish being caught on a regular basis
but the heat is changing when they are biting. The water is definitely
warming.

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Marshal Cove is open. There are a few sites there on the lower end  that
still have some water. Fishing has been slower because of the heat some
say. Fishermen are reporting some walleye have been caught. Try bright
neon lures and pink power bait. Cottonwood and fisherman Point seem to be
where the fishermen are going.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani
Staff says,” Please remind people that Deadmans is now a pay site.  We
have 22 sites and soon will have 24 camp sites. All of the sites have
tables.  We are working on getting fire rings on each site now. Fishing
has been slow this week.”

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
At Martinsdale people are catching nice size eater rainbows from shore
using powerbait, worms and marshmallows.  At Deadmans I was told guys are
catching a few fish. The heat is slowing guys going out and the fish are
going deeper.

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-819
“ On the Missouri the cat fishing is good. Sink a worm to get results.
At Crooked Creek by Winnett they are finding cranks working at 15 feet.
You need to go deep.
Achley fishing is good. Use a worm and a spinner from the bank for
success. Troll deep to catch rainbows and browns.
Spring Creek is starting to clear.  Fish the seams 3 feet from the bank.
Do some nymph fishing using a bead or spinners.  All colors seem to be
working.  Try UV style lures,” Charlie says.

Crooked Creek-Grant
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday.  The fish are
biting well.    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  (report from last week no contact
this week)/
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 still good fishing right. They are catching all
the way down to the narrows and to Timber Creek.
We had Camp Walleye Walleye on Nelson Reservoir this week and fishing was
alright. The kids still had fun. The middle of the day was poor fishing.
We had our best luck early am like 8 to 9 am.  So fish early and late in
the day. Perch are starting to bite.” Fishing is still scattered.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
any time

Billings-Scheels
Josh says,” I heard some found Hell Creek tough fishing this week. The
walleye are biting but it is slower.
On Tongue the water has cleared some. It was hard fishing this week.
Definitely slower.  My friend did get some nice bass using senko worms and
frog baits.
On Cooney some guys are catching some small walleye.
At Rock Creek by Red Lodge fish the deep hole edges people say.  The water
was high. You can catch some brookies even though it is brown water.
On the Yellowstone guys are catching cats.  They tell me the water is
dropping but not a lot.  It has cleared up some.
The Stillwater people say it was tough fishing for them. It is fishable.
On Yellowtail some people say there is too much debris in the water to
fish right now.
At Fresno they are catching a few walleyes now.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
The rivers really dropped this week. They have cleared. They look as low
as they normally are in August. They look really low which is rough
considering that it is June.
Canyon Ferry fishing was decent fishing this week. The weights for the
tournament was on and off.
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 has picked up. Use a standard dry dropper
set.  It is coming around.  The Yellowstone has cleared and is still a
little high. It is in good shape now. The caddis are out.  Use a dry
fly.  Try a wooly bugger and dead drift it.“
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
Hale says,” The cfs is today (Tuesday) 1800.  It is supposed to be at 7500
cfs tomorrow. (Wednesday)  So fishing is better because the water is down.
It is easier fishing.  Fishing has been good all day. Use nymphs, San Quan
worms, sow bugs, yellow Sally’s, black caddis pupa as they are working for
success. The water is 56 degrees.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now
Monday to Sunday.