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,“ It rained all weekend so we did not have many people fishing.
I got out this week and I caught 3 pound bass and 2 30 inch northern pike.
The water temp was63 degrees. Fishing has been ok. The northern pike
seems to be active like crazy.” “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
They are still catching some crappies. Mostly ones in the 12 inch
size. A few nice bass both large and small mouth are being caught.
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 hear anything this week about the fishing,” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“Fishing has been alright. It has not been the greatest. The small mouth
and northern bite is good toward Timber Creek. Pike seem to be taking
jigs. Not many walleye being caught. The walleye have been fairly slow.
The water temp has cooled some.,” Cody said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
“The salmon are now in the Marina Bay, the Spillway bay and Duck Creek.
You can still get salmon on lures. They are real shallow. They are
bunched up. You can see them cruising up and down the bay. They just
don’t want to bite. So you only get a few to bite. Northern pike fishing
is picking up. They have seen small mouth mixed with the pike. I predict
that give lake trout a week to a week and a half lake trout season will be
on. It usually hits the same time big game hunting season starts,” Gene
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob said, “ Fishing look slow on Elmo. Due to the weather we see a few
more fishermen but they fish an hour and then go home so there is not a
lot of biting.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Glenis said.” It seems fishing is alright. There is more day fishing
going on. They are catching on worms and marshmallows. The water level
is normal for this time of year. They seem to be heading to the north
shore. We pulled two docks so the north shore is the only one in.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“Not many fishermen this week. Hunting season has taken them elsewhere,”
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
Not hearing much fishing going on. They are all talking hunting. Usually
it picks up in fall.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie said, “On Achley fish are coming closer to shore. It is still
shore and boat fishing. The water has cooled more. Fishing has been
On Spring Creek nymphs and streamers are doing pretty well.
The river from the PM down they are starting to catch some walleye and
sauger. It is starting to get a little better. Still some moss on the
On Fort Peck walleye fishing is spotty on Crooked Creek, Forchette, Devils
Creek hasn’t picked up yet.
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, “ Water is pretty dirty and definitely not good for bass or
sauger right now. Lots of moss on the water. Fish the edges for any
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
“Fishermen has been good this week. We have seen 18,19 and 21 inchers.
They seem to be finding fish going North. They are seeing success with
bottom bouncers using pink. Our flamingo pink lure is working well. The
guys really like them right now. Trout fishing is a normal bite. The
water level is staying 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 and Forchette for walleye. Guys are using
bottom bouncers mostly with a worm. Only a few are jigging with success.
Some nice size walleye being caught, “Jim says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
McCahen says, ”At Yellowtail the bass are biting on tube jigs. As far as
color we seem to be selling more brown to catch them on.
On the Yellowstone catfish are being caught toward Forsyte. They are using
jigs and a minnow to catch a few sauger.
On the Tongue fishing is finding some crappies. I heard from a family who
had pretty good fishing. No big ones just nice size and a steady bite.
The tube jigs were working.
On Hell Creek they are catching some pike and bass. They are catching
more on minnows than crawlers.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Not much news on fishing this week. It was cold here last night like 32
Last I heard they catching little walleye at Canyon Ferry fishing. Lots
of nice trout being caught 3 to 4 pounds.
I hear it is decent fishing on the Madison. They are using crawlers.
I hear Fort Peck has been good for northern pike. Use steel leaders.
They are trolling.
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, “ The weather has been good has made some fluctuation in
fishing. Try nymph fishing in the morning. Use streamers until it warms
up. You can try hoppers when it is warm and maybe have some success.
Don’t try them first thing in the morning. The clarity of the rivers is
fine. You can float the Yellowstone but the Stillwater is getting
“skinny” narrowing and is more tricky to float. On the Stillwater low
level opens up some exciting new opportunities to fish. It opens up
features you don’t often get to fish. You can try new methods. There
are many shelves that you can see now.”
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
Rick says,” The cfs is 2500 and holding. The water temperatures are 63 t64
degrees. The tricot fishing is good. Fish those 7 to 12 as that is when
they are good. Pseudo fishing is happening using size 24, 26, 28 sizes.
Nymph fishing is fair. Try scuds, Rays and soft tackle like the San Quan
worms. Streamers have been doing fairly good on cloudy days which is a
surprise. I have no idea why. Try wooly buggers in black and blond. The
moss is still on the water.” Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to