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,” I just have not seen anyone out fishing. They are too busy
hunting. We have had 20 mph winds and rain so who wants to be out The
water temp has cooled because of the weather I know that.” “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, ”Fishing success seems to be limited. It seems to be best in
the evening. They are getting a limited number of crappies. The water
level is holding steady. At this point you can boat fish, the ramps are
in. The campground at Campers Point 1 to 8 is still open and has
electricity and will have it until April 15th for fishermen. ”
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 have not heard any fishing news, When the ice comes on we plan on being
open Saturdays. We do plan to have minnows then.” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“ Not a lot of fishermen have been here but those that have come have
caught some fish. You can catch walleye but they are slow. The northern
pike are still doing good . You find them at 12 to 14 feet deep. The bass
have slowed down. The water is colder. The lake trout are turning on. Go
to depths of 20 to 25 feet. Head out towards Crooked Creek to Hacksbee
Point,” Cliff said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
“Lake trout bite is real hot right now. It seems to get a little better
every day. You can catch small mouth as well right now. The northern pike
are doing good. Walleye is really slow,” Gene says.
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
The fishermen are coming out. They stay to fish for a shorter time. The
water birds are coming in this week. I guess they know winter is coming.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Fishing is not bad right now. They are catching some walleye and
rainbow trout from shore. For walleyes they are jigging using power
bait and marshmallows. They have actually been limiting out by 2 pm.
Not a lot of boats out there. All the docks are pulled now.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“We had snow all night and the roads are greasy. The fishermen have
stayed away to hunt. Guys go out hunting and forget this is the best
time to fish here. The eagles have been eating well as they are fishing,”
Tony says. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I am hearing there was some good fishing at Martinsdale. They are
catching big rainbows from shore. They are doing real good. Guys forget
that Martinsdale really picks up right at hunting season. I heard they
caught some 2 to 3 pounders.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “Spring Creek is doing well for browns. It is good right now.
Try nymphs and streamers.
No word on Achley fishing.
The river has a lot of moss on the water. This cold weather should change
that. That should get rid of it.”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. There
is water on the dock. Fishing was okay last week. 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
“ This week some days have been too cold and too windy. Those who did get
out there fishing have found fishing good. We had someone bring in a
gorgeous trout yesterday. I guess I would say, fishing is good, weather
has not been good. perch,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“ It is raining here right now so the weather is coming in. At Nelson
fishing is good. Go 25 to 35 feet for walleye. Use a jig with live
minnows. That seems to be working right now. Try spoons and jigging raps.
No news about Forchette this week, “Jim says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan, McCahen
McCahen says,” The big news is on the Yellowstone. I hear they are
catching sauger in the river close to town. They are coming into town.
On Fort Peck the lake trout are doing well at the dam. They are hitting
at 15 to 20 feet depths.
At Hell Creek the bass are really biting. They are catching a few walleye.
At Cooney they have been catching walleyes off shore with dead minnows.
On the tongue guys are still catching crappies.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“I was at Fort Peck last week. We had 3 days of wind and 2 days of rain.
We caught pike. Really caught everything except walleye.
At Canyon Ferry I hear if you can find them you can catch them. You seem
to have to go deeper.
The rivers are up. You can catch some nice browns. I heard fishing is
good for them. Of course we have gotten rain and the snow is coming.”
The shop is now closed to walk ins until November 30th. Call for help by
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Chris says, “Fishing has been okay. It has rained here for the last
few hours. No snow yet today (Tuesday). The waters have cleared. Air
temperature is 40 degrees. The water level is the same. Using streamers
has picked up a little on the Yellowstone. The white fish are
spawning. Use nymphs when fishing them. Try the usual girdle bug or
hairs ear. Hoppers are not working. It needs to be warmer for them to
We now are in winter hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat 9 to
2pm. We are closed Sunday and Monday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Hale says,” The fishing is good. It is excellent using streamers right
now. The fish are on the feed. If you nymph fish try the San Quan worm or
scuds or sow bugs. We did find there was a fall mayfly hatching happening
the last couple of days. Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to