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, “Again no fishing happening this week. I got a call that there
is ice at Nelson Creek. I don’t think very much. The ramps are open at
Rock Creek and the dam. The weather will decide getting ice. Today we
have no wind.” “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
Bob says, ”The South end has some ice still (Tuesday). I am not sure it
is good. Campers and Sand point is open. The boat ramp is iced on as
of today. They are saying we will have 63 degrees this week that will
change everything. I was told the Marrina will open on Friday. Minnows
will be available. 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
“I will be open starting this Friday for fishermen. Our hours will be 6 am
to 1 pm Friday and Saturday. I will have beer, pop, minnows, tackle and
soup. Ice conditions have been changing because of the weather and wind so
I don’t know of conditions right now,” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“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, “It has been pretty nice here weather wise. Lake Trout are
still being caught. The bite is okay. Walleye fishing is slow. With
Northern pike fishing they are catching small ones. You can take a boat
out. There is no ice on the edges.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
With the warm weather ice is very questionable or gone. Lots of birds
over the water.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
“ No one is out. Ice has formed on the lake in some places but it is
open out in the middle. It is starting to open. I strongly think
they should consider changing conditions. It will be 45 degrees today.
All the docks are out,” Jennifer said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
No fisherman out or ice this week. There was ice but it is leaving
because of the warmer weather. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Staff said,” I have heard the ice on the edges at Deadmans is melting
right now. The warmer weather in the forecast will change the ice
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “Spring Creek is fair fishing. It was pretty windy this week.
Nymph fishing is what to try. Everything else changing and it is a
waiting time for ice.”
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 Tongue and it was scary. I had a crack move right where I
was. The 50 degree weather makes it change constantly. I won’t say it is
ready to go out on,” Eddie says.
We are now in winter hours. Serving by appointment only.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“We have 6 inches of ice but it is gone now. Call the store for
conditions as the warm weather is changing things quickly. 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
“Last week Nelson has 5 to 7 inches of ice. With air temperatures going
up to 40 to 50 degrees and the rain that ice is melting. I would not go
out right now. Forchette Bay has been phenomenal fishing. Guys are
not catching huge numbers but good quality fish. One fellow who I talked
to got a 13, 10, two 8’s and a 7 pounder in one day of fishing. That is
where to go if you want to get out, “Justin says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
Dan says,” I can say the Big Horn is good. I was there yesterday. We
used nymphs in 16 to 18 size. Otherwise the ice is gone. The warm
temperatures have done that. Four days ago there was ice fishing up north
of Havre. At that time they had 4 to 6 inches. Now I don’t know. We are
all waiting for ice.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
“We are basking in the sunshine here. We are at 50 degrees. That
doesn’t do much for ice fishing. No ice fishing now around here. Canyon
Ferry lost the ice it had, “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 on the edges. Lots of slack water. It has
changed with the warm weather. I have not been out and I have not talked
to anyone who has, “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
“fishing is good for brown trout right now. Streamers are working well.
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
“I was told by a friend who went out Tuesday that the fishing was great.
They caught a lot of browns. A very good day of fishing on the Horn,”
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.