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.
COMPILED BY Carol Henckel
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“They have been catching walleye, northern pike and bass. They are pretty
much catching them everywhere. The water temperature is 69 degrees. Some
are heading toward Box Creek trolling going deep using a deep diver. We
had someone catch a nice northern pike off shore,” Taeler said.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
“Fishing has been spotty. Only a few fishing. Water level is good. It
has been slow fishing I think because of school stating. No kids around
or families camping,” Bob explained.
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley
Fishing for walleye has been slow. Some are catching crappies and bass
close to shoreline on minnows. Look for walleye you should head to below
the dam. For northern pike go to the shallows in 2 to 3 feet depths and
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 not been doing well this week. Guys are getting eater size
walleye about 5 pounds. They are heading toward Timber Creek. One fellow
got a real nice northern pike. A good size one, 43 pounds and 22 inches
but he was real tight lipped about where he caught it. He would not tell
anyone where he got it. Monday night we had a horrendous storm. The winds
were 60 to 80 mph. It blew down two electricity poles and was pretty
scary,” Shelly said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Fishing is still good. The Salmon fishermen are
doing well. They are still going deep to 75 to 95 feet deep. The dam is
still the best place to go. Lots of fishermen out there. Definitely the
best fishing since 1996. They are using flashers and squids. The lake
trout are also doing well. The eater size walleye are out in the
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
People are still fishing but with school starting there are not as many
people out. They are still catching. Fishing in the morning and evening
still seems to be best.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Some say walleye fishing has picked up. The evening has been better
because it has cooled down. Try bright neon lures and pink power bait.
Cooney is in stage 1 fire restrictions according to their recording but
you can use the campfire designated fire rings.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“Fishing has been good. Lures and spinners are working and boats are
getting their limits. Marshmallows, powerbait and worms have been working
well. Salmon have been caught and guys are doing good getting them.
Rainbow trout are starting in the Jordon area,” Tony said. Remember
campers about our change to a pay site. There are 22 sites at Deadmans.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I have had no news on Deadmans or Martinsdale. I hear some guys have a
secret place on the Musselshell where they have caught 10 to 20 pound
cats. I know they are parking and walking but are not sharing where.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Fishing was okay this week. On Spring Creek they are doing well on
nymphs. Hoppers seems to be not working that well. Use Copper Johns or
pheasant tails. Achley fishing is okay from a boat at 10 to 15 feet. Not
much on Martinsdale right now.
Achley is fishing pretty well. Go to 8 to 12 feet depths.
On the Missouri it is mossy but channel cats are biting. Use cut bait or
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday. Word has it
that the fish are biting well at Crooked Creek. Walleye are still being
caught. 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
Catfish fishing on the Yellowstone was been good. Catfish that are
caught are 6 to 12 pounds At Deadmans you can catch a few salmon off
shore using power bait.
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
“On and off fishing is generally good. They are catching walleye in
numbers but they are eater size. They are catching 14 to 16 inch walleye,
not a lot of big ones, mostly eater size. Trout fishing is still good,
The water is going down but not dramatically. Most are using crankbaits
and bottom bouncers,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Nelson is starting to pick up. They are catching walleye, bass and
pike. Pretty much everything. Forchette has been fishing good using a
jig and minnow now. Use a 3 to 4 inch minnow and go 30 to 40 feet deep.
It has been beautiful here today. Still a little smokey.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Josh says,” I fished Yellowtail at the Montana State Championship National
Bass Association with my friend Josh Goff. He and I won the tournament and
will be heading to Oklahoma as the state champions for NBAA tournament.
The first day was real slow and we were last for the day. We won with 16
pounds for our total for the 2 days. The first day e used tube jigs,
poppers and crayfish and they did not do much. The next day we changed
to cranks going 8 feet down bouncing off the rock ledges and points.
At Olka Bay we saw 10 pound walleye on cranks. They are definitely
catching walleye and sauger.
I still hear they are catching at the Fort Peck dam salmon.
I also heard they are getting bass, cats and walleye in the Hysham area in
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“ I am still hearing they are catching little walleye at Canyon Ferry
fishing. They are catching numbers in walleye. The walleye are deeper.
The rivers are open. It is definitely mossy and weedy which makes it
harder for fly fishing. It is still pretty smokey,” 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
“On the Yellowstone use hoppers dropper style. It is still 550 cfs. The
fish are heading to the faster water out further. It is cooler out
there. The lower Yellowstone barely floatable right now. That may
change with the rain this weekend. It is clear. Use tans, peach and
purples to catch them. On the Stillwater nymphs are working sometimes.
It seems to vary from day to day depending on the water temperature.
The lower Stillwater is floatable if you are careful. Use nymphs and
streamers. The hoppers are starting to come to the water. There is a
bit of a caddis hatch for about 20 minutes in the evening . Try using
purple haze. The Upper Stillwater is good only for wading. It is too
low to float, “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
Stephanie says,” The cfs is still staying steady. Use tricos are working
in the early part of the day. They are going more for orange scuds. There
is some action on caddis, hoppers and pseudos. The water is mossy so you
have to get past the moss and weeds to get to the water. Fishing is a
mixed bag. Use size 14 to 16. The dry flies work better early in the day.”
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.