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 tempera
ture, 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,” The northern pike started biting on Sunday. Someone caught a
20 pound northern. The big pike are out there. They are back in the weeds
again. I have not seen any walleye caught. Then it rained. So they
usually move into the shallows then. The water temp has cooled to 56
degrees.” “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
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
Ed said,”We have only seen two campers this week and neither has talked
about their catching. So no one has told us if their fishing has been
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 was gone to Philadelphia so never heard anything,” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“The northern pike are running. Some people are coming in with their
limit with all the pike 10 pound or above. Walleye have also started to
run. We have also have seen some bass being caught. One guy was sure he
had over the state record which is 6.7 pounds. Sadly he was off by 5
ounces so no new record. We have also seen some nice catfish,” Staff said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
We had “lots of rain which we needed in the last couple of days. The guys
are guys are still snagging the salmon. They are finding them in the
Marina Bay and Duck Creek. I did see one 23 pounder but most are an
average of 8 to 12 pounds. The Lake trout has not turned on yet. The water
temp is 55 degrees,” Gene says.
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
The guys are still out but the rain did slow on Elmo. Earlier in the
week the warmer weather was bringing in more people.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Glenis said.” Fishing has been good going west to Red Lodge where it
empties into the lake. They have actually been limiting out but it is
taking 5 hours to do. It is better from a boat than from shore. The
water is up a bit. Worms are working from shore for rainbows.”
Deadmans Tony Stefani
Only a few rainbow trout are being caught right now. Last week it was
okay fishing in the morning and late evening. More hunters than
fishermen. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I heard there was some fishing on Martinsdale. Shore fishing brought
some results. Some caught their limit off shore. They were using worms
and plastic bait.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “About all that is fishing is Spring Creek right now. It is
really good for browns. It is fishing well with nymphs and streamers.
They are having some success.
On Achley there is not much news. No one I know has gone there. They are
On Fort Peck walleye fishing on Crooked Creek is slower. The water is
over the ramp.”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. Word
has it there is water on the dock. Fishing is okay. The number is
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie reports, “Before the rain the river was clear but I suspect the
water will be muddy for a day or two now. The walleye are biting by
Huntley. At Hysham going East the sauger and the bass are really biting.
All the sauger were in the 3 pound range. Catfish are biting in the heat
of the day”
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 very good fishing this week. Today is windy and cold. They
are finding the fish going East toward White Earth. They are actually
getting a few ling, some walleye and rainbows. Try colors pink, red and
purple. The water level has been steady,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
It is good fishing on Nelson for walleye. Go to a depth of 20 to 35 feet.
They seem to be liking minnows right now, the worms are not working, “Jim
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
MaCahen says,” We are now setting up for ice fishing. The river is really
flowing. That current makes the fishing different. Use a lot brighter
lures. Your tackle should be heavier weight. It is muddier so the
tackle should have weights that take it closer to the bottom.
On the Tongue people are finding dirtier water but they are still
catching crappies. They are hitting a bit shallower. They definitely are
fatter as they are getting ready for winter.
On fort Peck all I have heard is that minnows are working. One of our
guys is up there so next week I will know more.
Cooney has been a mixed bag. One person will catch a lot using cranks
fishing at night. Then some people will come in and say they could not
get a bite after a full day of fishing. I suspect it is working better at
Of course the big Horn is good. It seems to never end it is good fishing.
On the lower Yellowstone catfish are being caught. The sauger bite has
picked up going East.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“The rivers have come up considerably. Guys are catching some nice browns
and rainbows now.
They are still catching walleye at Canyon Ferry fishing, I am hearing,”
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, “Fishing has been not too bad. This afternoon there is a
little color on both waters. Don’t know how long that will last. The
rain has ended so we will see. The white fish are spawning. Use nymphs
when fishing them. The bite is just so so right now. You can float
the Yellowstone although it is still on the low side. Try the usual
girdle bug or hairs ear. Hoppers are not working the greatest. It needs
to be warmer for them to work.”
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,” It is raining today (Tuesday). The cfs is still 2500. Use
nymphs and streamers. Use orange colored flies and Gray Rays. For
streamers try the Dirty Hippy, the Thin Mint and any cream colored fly to
have success. The water temperatures are good.” Our shop hours are 7 am to
noon now Monday to Sunday.