With fall weather starting 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 conditions such 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
Bill said,“ Sixty mph winds this weekend made fishing hard to do. This
week there were a few northern pike caught. A couple of walleye and bass
were also caught.” “The Marina is closed now. The cabins and campground
will be open for a while. We will have some fuel and ice if I am here,
“Bill said. .
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
Spencer said, ”there have been a lot of big perch 1 to 1 ½ pounds
being caught. The crappie seem to be picking up. So fishing has been
picking up. Some bass are being caught as well. Minnows seem to be
working. They are finding perch and crappies at 17 to 20 feet deep.”
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephanie /Warden Jordan Straley
“We are closed. We are thinking we will be open for ice fishing later on.
I did not head out fishing this week. I have not heard of a lot of
action,” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“Fishing has been not too bad. Walleye fishing has not been good. You
definitely have to work for them. The northern bite is good toward Timber
Creek. Pike seem to be taking jigs. Small mouth are being found at Timber
Creek as well,” Cody said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
“The pheasant hunting is excellent now. They are now snagging the salmon.
They are finding them in the Marina Bay, the Spillway bay and Duck Creek.
The northern pike bite is not as good as it was last week. Lake trout has
not been much yet,” Gene says.
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob said, “ Fishing looks less slow on Elmo if the number of people is a
gauge. The warmer weather is bringing in more people.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Glenis said.” Fishermen are catching. One group was catching from
shore. They were using the usual worms and powerbait. They said their
best time to fish was 6 to 8 pm. Going west to Red Lodge where it
empties into the lake seems to be the best place. That spot early in
the morning seems to bring more success. Worms are working.”
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“We had a fair amount of hunters this week, 16 campers. FWP are netting
today. We had a few boaters and they caught a few rainbow trout,” Pat
said. Last week it was decent fishing in the morning and late evening.
Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I heard from some that fishing at Martinsdale has brought some results.
The group I talked to had caught their limit right off shore. The fish
were nice size. They were using worms and plastic bait.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “ Spring Creek is fishing well with nymphs and streamers. They
are having some success.
On Achley fish are coming closer to shore. Cranks or bait are doing well
They are catching walleye on the river from the PM down. On Fort Peck
walleye fishing on Crooked Creek, Forchette, and Devils Creek has picked
up. The walleye are coming up. You can find them 15 to 20 feet. Bottom
bouncers are working.”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. Word
has it that the water has lowered but you can use the dock. Fishing is
okay. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie reports, “Catfish are biting. They are slowing down. Try smaller
pieces. Bass is real good. Yellowstone water is starting to clear. The
bass or sauger are good right now. Walleye fishing is just okay. We were
trolling cranks and some jigging. ”
We are now in fall hours. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday by appointment
only. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday we are open 11 to 5. On Saturday
we are open 7 noon.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“It has been good fishing this week. We have seen 18,19 and 21 inchers.
They seem to be finding fish going North. Use bottom bouncers. Try using
pink. Trout fishing is a normal bite. The water level is staying steady,”
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
It has been windy. Makes fishing a challenge. It is good fishing on
Nelson for walleye. Go to a depth of 20 to 35 feet. Guys are using bottom
bouncers mostly with a worm. Forchette has been good as well. Only a few
are jigging with success. Some nice size walleye are being caught. You
won’t get anything unless you go. Don’t leave your kid at home take him
fishing, “Jim says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Dan says,” On the Tongue people are catching crappies. Mostly 10 to 12
inchers. Someone got a 39” pike pulling cranks. Jig and minnows are
working. Try Mr. Twister.
A few perch were caught.
At Yellowtail or the Big Horn the bass are still biting. The docks have
been taken out. Try the night crawler, minnows and tube plastic for
On the lower Yellowstone catfish are being caught. Go head East. Use
minnows for bait. The walleye and sauger bite is not real active.
On Hell Creek they are catching some pike and bass. Use more on minnows
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Heard still catching little walleye at Canyon Ferry fishing. One guy said
he got 3, 30 inchers. Some nice trout being caught.
“They are catching trout on the rivers.
I heard perch fishing is good on Holter right now,” Rich said.
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 sais, “ Fishing has been fairly decent. Use nymphs when fishing
it. You can float the Yellowstone. The Stillwater is up. The cfs is
500. You can float it easier. Use hoppers on top. Try a hairs ear or
pepperoni yuck bugs or something orange and black.”
We now are in fall hours in the shop and are open Monday to Sat 9 to 5pm.
Sunday 9 to 1pm.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Stephanie says,” The cfs is 2500 and holding. The water temperatures are
good. Try tricot fishing. Pseudo fishing is happening using size 24, 26,
28 sizes. Nymph fishing is fair. Try scuds, soft tackle and sow bugs.”
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.