With winter starting be aware that it can be very
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.
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill said, “No fishermen this week. Today we have no wind and blue sky. I
hear there is a little ice in the back bay. They are still fishing at the
dam. The warmer weather coming will change things again 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 said.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
Bob says,” Going South there is a total sheet of ice. I am not sure how
it is in thickness though. I watched someone go out 8 to 9 feet with a
spud bar to check it and at 8 feet from shore the spud bar went right
through. I have seen one guy with a pop up hut south fishing but do not
know how he did. It is supposed to be 50 degrees by Friday so that will
change things drastically. Lots of deer population out in full force and
so many are on the road. Lots of accidents. So be careful. 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
“The South end has been freezing up. There has been quite a few trying
ice fishing. The guys say there was 3 inches there this week. One fellow
got 4 walleye and 30 crappies. We will be ready when the ice is on. I
have been getting ready to open up for ice fishing. We are closed right
now. 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
“Nobody has been fishing. I have seen no one. We have no ice at all. The
water temperature is 40 degrees. It needs to be a lot colder for ice,”
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene says, “Lake Trout are still being caught. The bite is okay. You can
take a boat out. There is no ice on the edges. If they are fishing they
are doing it in the afternoon it is just too cold in the morning.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob said,” There is ice here (Tuesday) but it is not ready for anyone to
walk on. It is just too thin. Right now it is time for bird hunting.
The warm weather they are predicting will change conditions again.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
“Ice has formed on the lake. It is very thin. There are open areas in
the center. All the docks are out,” Jennifer said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
We have seen no fisherman out this week. There are spots with ice on the
lake right now. (Tuesday) The ice on the edges is way too thin. We have
one inch of snow. It has been way too cold and windy. Campers remember
it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Staff said,” I have heard there was some ice on the edges at Deadmans but
it is way too thin to fish right now. The warmer weather in the forecast
will change the ice again.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie said, “Spring Creek is still fishable. Use small spinner beads.
Use size 16 to 18 hooks. It is open. Everything else like Achley and
Hanson are making ice but it is only 2 inches. They are just not thick
enough to fish”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. The
pier has been pulled. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
“I ice fished Georgetown Lake and there was 4 inches of ice. We caught
salmon and rainbow trout. I did hear Deadmans had 2 inches of ice but
no where near hard enough to fish on right now. The Yellowstone river
has ice chunks on it,” Eddie says.
We are now in winter 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
“We have 6 inches of ice and guys have been ice fishing. We have had
that depth of ice for 4 days. I have only heard of a few trout being
caught. We hope to have maggots by the end of the week. Call for
current conditions before coming as the weather can change things
quickly,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“Nelson has 4 inches of ice in the Bay. There is an open spot by
Pelican. Guys have gone out and caught some perch and walleye, “Mandy
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
McCahen says,” People are telling me more ice is being formed. The
Yellowstone has ice chunks on it right now. Up north of Havre they are
ice fishing. I also know they are ice fishing on the Milk River. They
told me 3to 4 inches with a few places having five. Everyone is waiting
for ice to form.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“Guys are catching at Canyon Ferry on the ice but the cold makes it no
fun to do. It is real windy. We have small ponds that are starting to
freeze, “Rich said.
The shop is now closed to walk ins until November 30th. Call for help by
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
“The Yellowstone has ice and slush right now. It might change to a
little better if things warm up. It is not nice to get out. The
forecast is talking temperature changes which will alter lots of things,
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
“There is a good brown trout spawn right now. Streamers are working
excellent. Nymph fishing is good. There have been a limited number of
blue wing olive bataes hatch seen. Use the usual san quan worm or sow
bug,” Hale said.
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.