The changes into fall with snow and rain weather means fishermen should stay aware. The weather and water levels have changed drastically. 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 will 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 says,” We haven’t seen fishermen this week. I have heard that the lake trout are moving in. They are using spoons to catch them. They are catching some big lake trout. The marina is closed. We will still have cabins for rent. So some services will be available if one of us is around.”
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
Not a lot of fishermen out there. The few fishermen I spoke to were not doing very well. I talked to one fisherman who fished all morning. He was seeing fish on his electronics but just not catching them. We have seen only a few fish endings in the garbage. The fish cleaning station is now closed. We now have only camper points 1 to 8 to the north and 9 to 11 open. The camp sites are now first come first serve. The water is down but fishing is still possible. ”
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephanie /Warden Jordan Staley
Wade said,” I have heard only a little news. I heard a few had caught some crappies. They have said you can still slay the crappies but it took work to do it. There is less water but you can get a boat in. The marina is closed but we will be ready when ice fishing gets going,”
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Marina Matheson-Park Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir east to
Cody says, “ We have not had a lot of fishermen this week. The northern pike fishing has been good.
They are heading from Hell Creek to Crooked Creek for them. If the weather is warm they are shallow and in less than 5 feet of water. On a cloudy, overcast day , windy day you find them at 15 feet depths. They are catching decent size fish. The lake trout are starting to turn on. You can find them in the main lake at the points. I have heard of no walleye, perch or bass being caught. We are open 7 days a week, 7 am to 6 pm now. “
The park manager for Hell Creek State Park is Marina Matheson.
Lake Ridge Motel Eddie and Carrie Mindt 1-406-526-3597
Carrie says, ” The lake trout have slowed down this week. Not a whole lot of anglers out here this week. The water temp , I heard was cool, 55 degrees or less . There are a few walleye being caught with a jig and a minnow. That fishing is slow, not fabulous. I did hear a few notherns being caught at the face of the dam. The weather has been fabulous. The lake trout are heading to the dam but they have not got there yet. “
Cooney Reservoir -Glennis
Fishing is still slow. Shore fishermen are catching a few trout from shore . Not hearing of any walleye being caught. The water is come up. The docks have been pulled. The Marshall launch is closed. “
The new Park Ranger is, Skylar Mitchell.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
Tony says, “ They are catching a few salmon. Mostly from shore. They are small, 1 to 1 ½ pounds. There are only a few fishermen out. The water is low. The dock has been pulled.”
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Terry says, “ I now hear Martinsdale is decent fishing. They are catching rainbow trout. They are not knocking them deadd but they are putting a few in the bucket. The fishing is mostly off shore.”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie says, “ The Missouri river is pretty mossy. Not a whole lot of fishing going on.
Crooked Creek fishing has be n slow. It has not turned so it is slow fishing.
Spring Creek is low and clear. Fishing is slow. It hasn’t turned over so it is slow. Use the standard fall fishing tackle. Try the small spinners in blue, silver and gold.
On Achley guys are fishing for tiger muskies with a fly rod. Use flashy flies with wooly buggers and white marabous. “
Lake trout fishing at Crooked Creek is slow but is happening. Please Call for information. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“ Actually fishing was good this week. Trout, walleye and perch are being caught. The weather has been 60%. The northern pike bit has gotten better. They are heading toward white earth and goose bay. Bottom bouncers are working at depths of 20 feet. There is enough water to launch here by Silos. The water is 3 to 3 ½ feet out of the bay, “ Sharon says.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“They are catching at Nelson . Guys are fishing with jigs and a minnow to catch fish. The water has come up some. The fishermen are heading toward Forchette between Crooked Creek and Herman’s point. Fishing for walleyes the guys are using a worm or jigging with a minnow,” Jim said.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday.
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
Dan Walter says,” I have been fishing a lot. The Yellowstone has cleared up. The water temp has dropped. The fish sre somewhat more lethargic but you can catch them. We used a jig and a minnow or a crank when it is clearer water. They are catching bass and sauger.
At Yellowtail The guys are finding a strong sauger bite. There also was some walleye biting.
At Okka Bay I havenot heard much. I know they are fishing but have not heard of catching.
At DeSmet we have heard of lots of walleye being caught. Lots of number but not huge sizes.
On the Tongue guys say they are catching a few bass and some crrappies. “
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Canyon Ferry fishing has been a bit better fishing this week. On Totson at the dam the water is down I was told but they are catching. The river is up quite a bit and clearer.
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
Chris tells us, ” The Yellowstone is back up. It has cleared the usual streamers and nymphs are working to catch fish. The Stillwater is up. Both the Yellowstone and Stillwater rivers are clear. I was on the water and it was okay fishing. I did not see any hatches. I am still booking trips, just call the shop. Our hours now are 9 to 5 Monday to Saturday and 9 to 1 pm on Sunday. ”
Montana Adventures and Angling in Fort Smith Beau McFadyean 406-855-3612
“The river is off color and grassy.. It has some still breaking off. . You can still see a baetes hatches along the edges if conditions are right. There is some decent fishing if you are willing to work for the fish,” Beau says.
Steven Caldwell guide * No new report this week unable to contact.
“Nymphing has been good fishing. Use San Juan worms or the favorite may fly nymph. I am seeing a baetes hatch around noon now. Try fishing with streamers right now and you will do well. Go to the dam. Head to Wolf Creek. At the bridge stay alert. The Canyon is good fishing, “Steven explains.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Collette says, “ The cfs is 2750 right now. The water temp is 59 degrees. The water is off grassy and murky. Dries were working. Try using dirty hippies or thin mints if you can find them. We don’t have any thin mints in stock. “ Our shop hours have changed. We are closed Sunday and Monday. We are open 9 am to 2 pm now Tuesday to Saturday in November.
Riverside Anglers in West Yellowstone : Alice Owsley, fishing guide and outfitter 406-640-1698
Alice says,” The on the Madison have been bright and sunny. Not a lot of clouds this week. . The temperature of the water has dropped making the fish lethargic. Fish are eating small nymphs or some blue wing olives. There are still where BWO work. We are still seeing some late hatches. Water levels are staying consistent. The cfs is around 700 cfs. “
Yellowstone National Park
Alice says, “ Fishing in the park is now closed for the season.”