Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 8.8.16
By angelamontana

Posted: August 10, 2016

The summer weather means you should stay aware. The weather and water levels 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.

***Please be aware that there are many waters that have been placed on hoot owl restrictions.  Check the FWP site for further information as waters may be placed on or off   restrictions after this report is submitted.  ***

(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)

Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560

“Bill   says,” I am fishing right now at the dam looking for salmon.  We are hearing that the salmon are biting.  We just have not gotten into them yet

At Rock Creek  the walleye fishing is good.  The walleye are at 20 to 30 feet depths.  They are catching  them on leaches and worms. The best northern pike   fishing seems to be  at Rock Creek right now. . Some people are also catching bass.”


Tongue River Reservoir /Bob

“Bob has had a busy week.  The Marina had the   fire and he is dealing with that.  All I can say is the cleaning station has not been as busy as it was if that is an indicator,” Eric  says.


Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephanie /Warden Jordan Straley

“   Things have improved this week.  I brought in a mobile home store.  With that we do now have inventory.  That means we are at full function.  I have everything   at the mobile store.  Thankfully I had some inventory boxed in storage elsewhere.  We will have the same hours we had.   The fuel is on.  We are trying to serve our customers.  They need us and we are not giving up.

I have heard of a 20 pound northern pike being caught on Monday .   The bass fishing is good as well.  Today we are counting inventory so we can stock the building.  The fire, which was electrical   was devastating but we are making the best of what has happened,” Wade says.


Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345  Marina Matheson-Park Office  Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir east to

Pike are   being   caught.  The walleye fishing   has slowed down.  The pike are   at 20 to 35 feet.   Guys   are using bottom bouncers and a few cranks.  Worm harnesses are working.  Heat is slowing things down.  Try heading  east toward  Crooked Creek.  Purple and pink   colors  are working at depths of  25 to 35 feet.”

We are open 7 days a week, 7 am to 6 pm now.”

The new park manager for Hell Creek State Park is Marina Matheson. “


Lake Ridge Motel Eddie and Carrie Mindt 1-406-526-3597

Eddie says,  ”Lots of people are catching salmon.  It is getting better and better every day.  We are seeing lots in the high teens  to low 20’s in weight. I have seen a  22 and a 24 and a 27 and even a 29 pounder.  They are using a flasher and squid or a flasher and a bucktail fly.  Some are using Brad’s super bait cut plug.   People are catching a lot of nice walleye as well. Some nice eaters, like 16 to 21 inches.  Guys are using leeches , crawlers and minnows.  For salmon  they are heading to the dam or Hacksbee or York island.  The walleye are being found going  west towards Rock Creek or Spring Creek.   “


Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson

Others say   fishing slowed with the heat.   Come and try fishing  early in the  morning and late in the day.  Fishermen are using power bait, lures  or worms.


Cooney Reservoir  Glenis-John

Some walleye are being caught.   Shore fishing   has  seen a few fish being caught.  They are catching a few small perch.   The water level is down.  You can still get on the water with a boat.

The new Park Ranger is, Skylar Mitchell a transfer from Dillon.


Deadmans  Tony Stefani

Tony says, ”  The lake is very low. The dock has been pulled. The end of the boat ramp is muddy.  If you  try fishing you are wading  in the mud .  Fishing has really slowed down.  The water is lowering every day as they are working on the dam.  The islands are showing now.“

Campers remember it is now a pay site.


Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22

“All I have heard   is   about Martinsdale.  I was told some people  are catching some decent brown trout.  I was told that from a boat they are using rapelas   and they are working.  They said they are catching trout with them.”  Terry said


Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

Dale   explains, “   Hoppers   are working   on   Spring Creek.   Fishing is doing well.

There is moss building on the Missouri river but you can still catch some fish.      The catfishing is doing well.   Cut bait and crawlers  are working.

On Fort Peck guys are heading west toward s   Crooked  Creek  .  Fish   are at 16 to 18  feet .  Try a worm harness with a night crawler or leech. Walleye  are at 25 to 30 feet.  Use  a jig and a leach.


Crooked Creek-Grant

Walleye   are being found  by  Crooked Creek .  Decent  size ones   are being   caught.  Please Call for information. The number is 1-406-429-2999.


Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“ Walleye  are being caught  and they  are  average size  about  14 to 18 inches.   them all over and not in one particular place.  The   perch are biting.  Guys are finding them   at 30 feet.  Trout  are being caught .  The Camp-mak-a-dream Walleye Benefit is  this weekend  at Canyon Ferry .  It is a family and friend friendly event.  You can register at the Silos before at Silos Gazebo #3  from Wednesday evening to Friday night before the BBQ,” Sharon said.

The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.


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

“ The water  continues  to be  low on Nelson.  It is below the concrete.  People are going toward the north end.   It is a bit tricky to get on.  They are drawing down to do  work.

At Forchette head  toward Crooked Creek.  It is good for walleye and crappies right now.” Jim said.

Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday.


Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen

McCahen   says,” There are Stillwater and Yellowstone fishing restrictions because of low water.

Spin fishing has been working on Yellowtail for bass.

On Tongue we are hearing a lot of bass are being caught as well as pike.  They are catching them late in the evening.

Fort Peck is fishing real well.    Try depths of 15 to 25 feet for finding fish.  The walleye are scattered.  Use spinners and worm harnesses.  For bigger fish try cranks using orange colors.

For Yellowtail   bass fishing is good.  Use tube jigs.   The walleye fishing is slow.

The Yellowstone river   is doing well for bass   and catfish.    “


Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says, “ Fishermen   at Canyon Ferry  are catching decent  walleye.  Sizes in the average of 12 to 14 inches.  The perch   are still biting.  Some  are nice size.

The rivers have cleared up some .  The lake looks somewhat green.    Night crawlers , spruce moths and grasshoppers are working.  Don’t forget   the  hoot owl rules .


Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977

Here is the latest news from FWP:

A hoot owl  restrictions are still in effect on the Yellowstone River from Carter Bridge south of Livingston to the confluence with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone east of Laurel. to southern Montana tributaries to the Yellowstone River already are under hoot-owl restrictions, They are the Stillwater River downstream of Cliff Swallow fishing access site and the Boulder River downstream from the Natural Bridge.


“ We are still having  hoot owl restrictions on both the Yellowstone and  Stillwater right now.

You can float the Stillwater but it is not going to be easy on the lower half.  If you are  fishing  get out early.  The floating is better  on the Yellowstone.  Nymphing   is okay.  No  specific hatches.  Stay on the bottom or in shady spots in the heat .   The Yellowstone   is fishing okay.  On the Stillwater get on early because of the hoot hour restrictions  ,  “ Bill says.


Montana Adventures and Angling in Fort Smith  Beau McFadyean 406-855-3612

“Fishing is still good. You will find tricots in the morning.  Also try some black caddis.   Nymphing seems to be a better presentation.   The water is 60 degrees.   They are slow starting.  You will see some  hopper action.     The   float is grassy from 3 mile down .  There is still   so much grass   you have to clean the line if you are trying to nymph fish.  The caddis   are out in the evening.     For dry fly action use black cadis and grasshoppers.  After that use nymphs and grasshoppers.   We are attracting some big browns and lots of rainbows,” Beau says.


Steven Caldwell  guide

“ The water temp is up so it  is warmer than it has been.  Fighting fish  in this dry weather  is tough on the fish.   Get the fish  back in the water soon.  Even if doing that means dropping the fish it is better for the fish.   The tricot and hopper vary   daily.  The canyon water is grassy.  The dam water is okay.   Something to remember is  if what you are using  is not working don’t change the bug  switch the depth.  That seems to be working.  Due to the fact that it is August   fishing is decent. Juan worm and go slow and deep and alternate with shallow and fast.   Just don’t expect the 30 fish day, it is still good fishing just slower and with less people.  Try a San  Check your bugs and nymph in the morning .  The key is to try  fishing right now is using the rule early on and early off.  Try in the afternoon up at the dam to the Craig.  “ Steven explains.


Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

The cfs is remains  at  2200.Water temp is  56 degrees.   When  nymphing  try tan and  gray  rays in size 16 to 18.  Another bug to try is a  soft tackle sow bugs  or flashbacks size 16 to 18.  Try PMD’s or  a black caddis in the evening  for drys  or a  tricot early in the day.  People are also  throwing hoppers.  Try thin mints on the streams.  We have  some moss  on the bottom.    Black caddis are also  working.

Our shop hours are 7 am to 7 pm now Monday to Sunday.


Riverside Anglers in West Yellowstone : Alice Owsley, fishing guide and outfitter 406-640-1698


Alice says,”Cooler temperatures, a little rain and pulse flows are helping the bug activity and fish on the Upper Madison. Still seeing some PMD spinners in the mornings, spruce moths have been bringing in some nice fish as well. In the afternoons the hopper fishing has been great, look for flying ants in the next couple weeks. If you are nymphing, small dark caddis patterns have been the ticket.”

Yellowstone National Park

In Yellowstone Alice reminds us, “Don’t forget your bear spray on your hike to high elevation waters to find fish. Small attractor patterns and hoppers are the bait du jour. IF the water is approaching 70 degrees, please give those fish a break!”