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,” No one has been out fishing. I had no customers this week.
We did have wind, it blew 30 mph one day. The northern pike did start
biting last Sunday. The water temp has cooled because of the weather I
know that. Just don’t know anything more” “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
Bob said, ”We have had a few nice days. Not many out but a few caught
something but noon is sharing. I can’t get a real picture because the
cleaning station is closed. The water level is being maintained so we
have a pretty even flow. The campground at Campers Point 1 to 8 is
still open and has electricity and will have it until April 15th for
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 am back from my trip but have not heard nor fishing, When the ice comes
on we plan on being open Saturdays. We do plan to have minnows then.” Wade
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“The walleye are slow, finding them is hit and miss. The northern pike are
the best I have seen in some years. People are limiting out. They are
coming in with 30 to 40 northern pike every day. The pike average size is
10 pound. I have seen 15 to 16 pounders as well. The bass are also being
caught. People are limiting out on bass as well, they are not huge but
nice fish. The walleye just are not hitting. One day you might find a hot
spot and then the next 2 to 3 days you can’t find one walleye. There are
just no real hot spots right now. They are not aggressive. It rained the
last two days but I suspect today (Tuesday) it will start drying up now
with the weather getting better,” Cliff said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
“Tthe lake trout bite is good. It seems to get a little better every day.
The guys are still snagging the salmon. They are finding them in the bay
by the docks. The northern pike are being found at Duck Creek and Bear
Creek,” Gene says.
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
The fishermen are still out but the rain did slow things down. Earlier
in the week the fall weather was bringing in people.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Fishing is still good. Head 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. Worms are working from
shore for rainbows.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“The brown trout are spawning. The salmon are running and the eagles are
eating. The eagles are fun to watch. The fishermen are definitely
catching fish,” Tony says. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I heard there was some fishing at Deadmans. At Martinsdale shore fishing
is happening. Try using worms and plastic bait.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “ We are seeing snow flurries right now (Tuesday). On the
divide youcan see white. Spring Creek is darn good right now. It is really
good for browns. Use nymphs and streamers.
On Achley fishing is good. Drag cranks for success. Fishing from shore is
The river is starting to pick up for sauger and walleye. There still is
moss on the water.
On Fort Peck lake the Crooked Creek ramp still has an easy 8 feet over the
ramp. Walleye fishing on Crooked Creek is sporadic.”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. There
is water on the dock. Fishing is just okay. The number is
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
No new report this week.
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
“ Once you get out there fishing has been good. We had some times when
it was windy. It has been good fishing for walleye and trout. They are
finding a few perch. Walleye have been in the 16 to 17 inch size. Their
catching ling at night now. They are finding the fish going East toward
White Earth. Try colors pink, red and purple,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
At Nelson try fishing deep, 25 to 35 feet for walleye. A jig with
minnows are working right now. Try spoons and snap raps. No one is
saying that they are catching northern pike. As far as Forchette there
is no real answer as to fishing and how it is, “Jim says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
Dan says,” The Yellowstone I hear they are catching fish. The water has
cleared they say. They are catching west of Forsyth using cranks.
On Fort Peck the lake trout are doing well at the dam. They are hitting
at 15 to 20 feet depths by the dam. Heard there is spawning by the dam.
At Cooney they have been catching walleyes off shore with artificial
bait. Some are doing well using cranks fishing at night.
On Hell Creek the fishing are really fishing well I hear.
On the Yellowtail sauger and bass are still biting. Use a jig and a
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Rich is fishing at Fort Peck right now. The shop is now closed to walk
ins until November 30th. Call for help by appointment. The rivers are
up. Some nice browns and rainbows are being caught now.
Still catching walleye at Canyon Ferry fishing.
Shop hours are Sunday 12 to 4 pm. Closed to November 30th. Open by phone
call appointment only.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Chris says, “Fishing has been decent. The waters have cleared. The
water level is the same. The white fish are spawning. Use nymphs when
fishing them. The bite is okay 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. 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
Josh says,” The cfs is still at 2500. The river has cleared up. Yesterday
there was a nice baetes hatch. 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
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.