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, ”We had no takers here and no fishermen again this week. Too
much hunting going on. I am hoping to borrow a boat and get out myself
this week.” “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
Fishing success seems to be limited for crappies. You just have to
work harder for them. 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 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
“bass and northern pike are still biting. The pike you can find at 12 to
14 feet deep. You can catch a few walleye here and there. They are slow
catching,” Clint said.
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Staff says, “ It is snowing right now. (Tuesday) The lake trout bite is
still good. The lake trout are going shallow right now. You can catch
small mouth as well. They are just not catching many walleyes.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
The frequent fishermen are still fishing. They are catching a few fish.
The birds are definitely catching fish. They are very active over the
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
“Actually fishing has been the best off shore. They are catching nice
rainbow trout off shore. Only a few walleye being caught. All the
docks are out. There still able to get some boats in. It is snowing
right now but it is not sticking,” Jennifer said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
“I have only seen one fisherman. No one is coming. We had snow all night
and the roads are real muddy. It is just way too muddy to get down to the
water. We got a lot of rain a couple of days ago,” Tony says. Campers
remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
The rain has made things to hard to get to fish. Lots of gumbo.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “Let’s start with Fort Peck, that is Peck, Forchette and
Crooked Creek first. There is plenty of water. At Crooked Creek they
have pulled the pier but there is plenty of water to get a boat in. Guys
are seeing a faster take. They are going 30 feet and using rip jigging
off structures. They are also jigging with minnows.
The PM is also good. They are catching some fish. Spring Creek is still
pretty good. Browns have been good. Try using nymphs and streamers.“
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. The
pier has been pulled. Fishing has been good. The number is
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie reports, “The walleye and sauger on the river are biting from
Huntley to Miles City. I caught ling at Sutherland lake. Use cut bait.
They are biting both at night and day right now. At Bair Reservoir the
rainbow trout are biting right now. At Deadmans the spawn has starting.
You can catch fish on corn right now.”
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
“ Just not much fishing going on. The weather has not been good to get
out there. If they do get out they catch some nice rainbows heading
toward goose Bay. There is ice starting to form on the edges right now,”
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“ Get ready for ice fishing, Winter is coming. 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
Dan says,” On the river the Yellowstone is the big news. I hear they are
catching sauger and walleye in the river at Huntley .They are using
Bass fishing is good from Huntley to Forsyte. Minnows are working.
On yellowtail walleye and sauger are being caught using minnows. Bass
fishing is also good.
On the Big Horn fly fishing has been good. Try using San Quan worms.
Nymph fishing is working well. Streamer fishing has sometimes been good.
The Stillwater is also fishing pretty good.
At Cooney I hear walleye fishing is slow. Rainbow trout are being caught
off shore using worms.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“It is snowing here today. (Tuesday) I hear at Canyon Ferry they are
doing well from shore on rainbows. One guy did pretty well. He got his
limit yesterday and came back for worms. His rainbows were 17 to 21
inches. No other word on the rivers or Peck this week, “Rich said.
The shop is now closed to walk ins until November 30th. Call for help by
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Chris says, “Fishing is just okay right now. The waters have cleared.
Air temperature is cold. The water level is the same. Try streamers on
the Yellowstone. Try nymphs when fishing. Use a girdle bug or hairs
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
Steve says,” It is good streamer fishing right now. Actually it is
excellent . Because it has been cloudy streamer fishing has been really
good. Nymph fishing has been consistent. There is now less grass so there
are more fish biting. Try the San Quan worm, scuds or sow bugs. There has
been a mayfly hatch in the afternoon some days.”
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.