Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 12.17.15
By angelamontana

Posted: December 17, 2015

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.

(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill said, “we have no ice.  We have 4 inches of snow. No one went fishing
this week. I got a call from a guy who wanted to know if he could get his
boat in and I said the real problem might be getting up the ramp.  You
would need chains to get up it.”  “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, ”The sun is out and the wind is blowing.  On land we have 6
inches of snow. Jordan says the South end has 5 inches of ice under the
snow. Don’t know what that will do to the ice this week. Ice is forming
on campers point but not ready to walk on.  Sand point has just started
with a little ice. Roads are real snow packed and slippery. The highway
is poor conditions. The Marina is open on Friday.  The minnow machine is
up and running. 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 had 10 huts on the ice over this week.  Fishing was slow.  I was told
ice was 6 to 10 inches. They caught lots of crappies. Only a few walleye.
I am open for fishermen now. Our hours will be 6 am
to 1 pm Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I will open at 6 am but not sure my
closing time.  I have beer, pop, minnows, tackle and soup,” Wade said.

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345  Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
No report this week unable to speak to. “The ice is gone.  It was gone
less than a week ago because of wind. At that time I heard there was ice
at Devils Creek and Nelson Creek. I know of a few guys getting a couple of
northern pike.  Some caught some lake trout at Crooked Creek.  The road
has not been bad.  They are talking about blading close to us because of
the warm weather today,” Clint said.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene says, “We have no ice.  You can get on the water with a boat.  Lake
Trout are still being caught. The bite is okay. Northern pike are okay
fishing.  Walleye fishing is slow.”

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob said,” Lots of snow here.  No one is out.  I am pretty sure the ice
will come on stronger with this weather. Not even the birds are on the

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
No one is out because of the weather conditions.  Ice has formed on
the lake but it is only 3 inches as of the weekend. We don’t recommend
going on the ice until it is 4 inches thick. All the docks are out.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani
“We got 1 inch of snow. Deadmans is iced up. They were on the ice fishing
this past weekend .  They are catching salmon. Don’t know if you can
still get on today. (Tuesday),”Tony said.   Campers remember it is now a
pay site.

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Staff said,” I heard the ice at Deadmans  and Martinsdale is iced up but
not really thick enough to get on safely. The ice is clear to the shore.
I would not trust it.  ”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “Nothing going on right now.  We are in awaiting mode. There is
just not enough ice.  It is supposed to snow again over night. The snow is
hip deep.”

Crooked Creek-Grant
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
According to Eddie’s facebook he fished fished Tongue and caught fish.
We are now in winter hours. Serving by appointment only.

Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“We have no ice now. It just got too warm and we had lots of wind. Call
the store for conditions. We have maggots,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611

“This week there is very little ice on Nelson. You could see black spots
out on the water yesterday (Tuesday) when I was there.  There were no
good ice conditions.  Some of the small bays have started to ice up but
only crazy people would get on it.  If the weather stays could I suspect
things will be good by the weekend.  Maybe 3 to 4 inches. I did here they
were still fishing at Forchette in open water, “Justin says.

Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
any time

Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
McCahen says,” I heard Tongue has good ice and they are catching on the
south end. Crappies were doing real well. Use Tungsten plastic wax worm
or small minnows.
I heard Crooked Creek by Winnett has 6 to 7 inches of ice.
Floating the Big Horn is still good.  Jigging is working. ”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
“We have no ice. We have 4 inches of snow. The wind is like a hurricane.
No ice fishing now around here, “Rich said.

The shop is open to walk ins.  Call for help by appointment as well.

Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
“The Yellowstone has ice and slush. I have 13  inches of snow at my
house.  Conditions are not good for fishing right now.  It would be
pretty rough to even try, “Chris says.

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
“It is cold and snowing right now. (Wednesday) Fishing is good for brown
trout right now. They are spawning. The water is cooling down. Nymphs are
working,” Curt.
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.