Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 8.3.15
By angelamontana


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.

Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“Fishing was slow this week for walleye and pike. It has slowed down. Bass
seems to be turning on.  You just have to fins that hole and jump in and
you catch them.  It was 95 to 98 degrees this week so the water temp has
been 72 degrees and that slowed things down.  Guys are going deep to catch
walleye and pike down to 35 to 50 feet deep right now.  My grandson,
Mattix Thomas who is 7 years old went fishing off the bank and caught a
5.29 pound and 29 inches walleye. He was one excited kid,” Linda said.
We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7 to 9 on the weekend.

Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson
“Fishing has been slow. It has been pretty warm.  They are catching few
fish,” said Ed.  Others are saying it is dawn and dusk fishing.  During
the day it is just too hot.
Pryor Creek Bait Ron Herman
“We went to the Tongue this weekend.  The days were hot.  We caught
some fish in the evening when it cooled down. During the day I could
not mark a fish they were going real deep. Lots of people, a very busy
place, “Ron said.
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley

Gracyn says,” The crappie  have started moving into the shore.  Jigs are
starting to work.  The walleye have started to turn back on.  It is better
fishing in the evening. Try looking at 10 to 15 feet down and use
chartreuse as it is working. If you want walleye head below the dam.”

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 seems to be doing pretty good. The walleye, northern pike and
bass can be caught heading to Snow Creek, Hell Creek and Sutherland. We
have seen a lot of crappie being caught,in the hundreds.  Their size is 8
to 9 inches and  are being found especially in Hell Creek, right by the
dock. This week someone caught a 10 pound walleye, a 44 and 45 inch
northern pike using worms and leeches, “   Wayne says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597

Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Salmon fishing is doing good. They are catching
the hell out of them. You find the salmon at the face of the dam. They are
using flashers and squids. Tim Kuehn caught a 24 pound 4 ounce salmon.
Most are 6 to 19 pounds.  The northerns and bass are fishing fair. Walleye
are spotty.”

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
The heat has made fishing slower this week. Fishing in the morning and
evening is bringing the best success. Those are the times when you can
catch something.

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Glenis says,” Walleye fishing has slowed.  It has been incredibly warm
which makes for tough fishing. It seems to be purely luck. If they are
catching  walleye or rainbow it is in the evening after dark.” Try bright
neon lures and pink power bait. No fire restrictions as of yet.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani

Tony says,” Fishing has picked up for salmon.  More boat fishermen have
seen some success this week. They seem to like worms and marshmallows
right now. The lake is going down. I again want to remind campers about
our change to a pay site. Deadmans is now a pay site.”  There are 22 sites
at Deadmans.

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I haven’t  heard much talk about fishing. They tell me you need to fish
early morning or late in the evening. Try using red and yellow  with
silver reflectors.”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
“Spring Creek is good fishing.  Use small flies and spinners to catch them.

Achley has been good trolling using small Mepps and panther martains.
On the Missouri by the Fred Robinson bridge cats are biting on night
crawlers right now.

Crooked Creek-Grant
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday.  The fish are
biting well there. Water is still up we are told. The store is open and
they have night crawlers and other supplies. The campground is open. The
number is 1-406-429-2999.

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281  (report from last week no contact
this week)/
Eddie said,” Catfish fishing on the Yellowstone was good when the
evenings were hot this week. It is best in the evening and at night.
Use cut bait, minnows and blood shrimp. It is great.  Really awesome.
Bass fishing is good. Use a 3 inch drop shot with spinners and cutbait.
The bass is 1 to 1 ½ pound.  Sauger  are starting to also do well.  Use
a jig and a minnow.  They are starting.  There are not a lot of numbers
yet but you can catch some.
I also have heard Tongue is really slow. ”

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

“Fishing is quite good. The walleye are being caught towards the ponds I
hear. They are mostly keeper size 14 to 16 inches in size.  Try using
pinks and reds. Trout fishing is okay. The heat is definitely a factor.”
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611

Jim said, “Nelson’s level has been going down. Access is being limited.
Head to the North shore.  Fishing is really slow midday.   That has
changed how you need to put your boat in the water.  Walleye continue to
be decent in the evening. Go deep.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
any time

Billings-Scheels
Josh says,” At Cooney fishing is slow but a few people are catching
because they have found some secret spots. They are not sharing but they
are catching some nice walleye.

At Rock Creek Bill was in and is saying fishing is slow.  The heat is not
helping.

Tongue fishing has been okay. One group caught some small mouth, one
northern pike, a couple of walleye and a few crappies.  Catching happened
mostly in the p.m. For small moth try using top water tube bait.

The Stillwater is fishing fairly well. I used hoppers size 10 like Jack
Cabe’s.  I was up near Nye.

I also hear from up at Lake Ridge they are catching salmon at the dam.
Some nice ones caught I hear.

Just a note, we just got in the new Mustad Super Death Hooks in.  This is
a redesign with a  specialized curved hook that is supposed to really work
incredibly well.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
I was at Fort Peck.  Fishing was not good.  I think the full moon and
heat were factors. The walleye are scattered.  I think the sisko are in
small bunches making easier feeding for them.  We caught a few bass and
a northern pike.  At Crooked Creek the main dock by the marina is closed
because it is under water.  A half mile up in the bay going south you
can launch a boat.  It is mostly launching one bot at a time. If you are
real skilled maybe 2 at a time.

Boy Scout Point  is okay. The water is up.  The pike were eating my
walleye before they got into the boat.  Most people are heading toward
Timber Creek.

At Canyon Ferry fishing is okay for walleye. Lots of little ones 10 to 12
inchers,” 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

“Fishing is good.  The soft rain we had this morning acted like bug
activity and made for good fishing. It seemed to raise the fish closer
to the surface.  The water has been 70 degrees.  The Yellowstone has
been good fishing.  People are using mostly nymphs right now.  Try the
purple haze or caddis on the surface.  You can try the chubby
Chernobyl, a Fat Frank in purple, Paulous Yellowstone in peach or
purple and the club sandwich, “ said Bill.

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 staying steady at (Tuesday) 2500. The water is 55
degrees. Fishing is good. In nymphs try BP3, or orange scuds or Ray
Charles I size 14 to 16.  For dries use pseudos or black caddis also tan
soft tackle.  The dry flies are working really good.  The other one that
is working is the black and blond bugger.  Try the black caddis in the
evening.  Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.






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