Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 1.30.17
By angelamontana

Posted: February 2, 2017

The changes of winter   with snowy weather means fishermen   should stay aware. The weather and ice 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 1-406-485-25600

Bill says , “ Fishermen are catching   northern pike and   lake trout.  Ice depths are at two feet. The walleye bite is slow.  They are biting on all kinds of bait..  Try  depths of   10 to 15 feet. 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 /Spencer

Spencer says   “We got some more snow.  The roads are super slick right now. (Wednesday) Fishing seems to be pretty good. The perch bite seems to be the better bite.  Lots of little ones .  They are catching   more crappies in the area  midway between Neck Bay to Campers Point.   The ice is anywhere from 12 to 15 inches.  One lady speared a northern pike that was 36 inches.”

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.


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

Wade says,” Saturday was real busy lots of fishermen.  We definitely have room for more people to come and fish.   They   are catching more perch than anything else.  Not as many  crappies being caught  and only a few northern pike.    The ice is 12 inches at places.   I   now can do   SP passes.  fishing licenses and OHV permits now.  I have lots of  fathead minnows and during the week the machine is full.   I will be open weekends. Our hours will be 6 am to noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”



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

Clint   reports,   “Fishing has been slower in the early week with the warmer 50 degree weather.  When it got colder it picked up.  They are finding   them at 14 to 24 feet in the main area. Some   northerns being caught.  A fair number of walleyes being caught.  They are catching some lake trout. The ice in front of the marina,   one foot to 14 inches.  To Lucky Point   it is 8 to 9 inches and the 2nd half of the bay is 4 to 6 inches.     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,   “ they are definitely catching fish.  We have had lots of sunshine.   The majority of fish being caught are northern pike. Only a few walleye being caught.  They are finding them at depths of 15 to 30   feet. Guys are catching some walleye at Duck Creek and Flat Lake.”


Cooney Reservoir -Glennis, Mark Teynor is the new   game warden at Cooney.

Warm weather slowed fishing this week.  A few  ling were caught during the day as well as night.   Cooney   ice is 1 to 2 feet. The 2 foot depths are at the south end. They are catching a lot of trout.  The north shore still has pretty thin ice.  It is not recommended for truck driving on it. “


Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

Bob says, “Lots of  people are out fishing. They are mostly catching trout. Only a few perch are being caught.  The weather today will change things with the snow,”


Deadmans  Tony Stefani

Tony   says, “   We only saw one   person  out fishing this week. Did not hear how they did. We have had problems with  people  staying on the road.  Getting stuck is not fun so stay on the road.”


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

“I had three or four groups head to Martinsdale.  The ice   is good  solid ice.  Lots of huts on the ice they say.  People   are catching lots of rainbow trout, Terry says.”


Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

Dale says, “Fishing is best at Fort Peck. They   are catching big northern pike using large herring.  Head to the west end of Crooked Creek.  It is rock solid fishing. It is a minnow bite.

The local ponds are up and down.

On the East fork they are catching 1 to 1 ½ pounders. It is somewhat sketchy fishing.

If I had to go anywhere I would go to Peck right now. “


Crooked Creek-Grant

People say   ice is good   at Crooked Creek.   People are catching   some nice fish.

Please Call for information. The number is 1-406-429-2999.


Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“Lots of good fishing.  The trout fishing is good   and perch are good.  Ice is now We have ice that is 18 to 25   inches   thick.   The ice is in good condition.  Guys are catching trout pretty much anywhere.  We have   had lots of sun this week.    There is a very large pressure ridge so you need to stop to hear where it is and avoid it.  Stay off of it the whole length of it.   We do have plenty of bait here.   The Lions Club perch tournament went well.  We had 67 teams.  1st place was Josh Love at 9.52 , 2nd place was James Wershburn with9.45 and third place was a tie with 9.07 by Pete Rummel and Steven Reather.  A good day of fishing.“     Sharon   says.   The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.


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

Jim   says, “   At Nelson fishing was decent.  Someone caught a 9 pound  2 oz walleye and a big 12 pound northern.  The perch is 1 pound 2 ounces.  There were lots of fishermen there and lots of fish caught and lots of fun had.  There is   20   inches of ice.”

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


Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen.

McCahen says he has heard,”   Lots of people are heading to Crooked Creek.  The   guys are saying fishing is good.  The pike bite is real good. Frozen   smelt is working well.  Walleye fishing is slower.  Guys are using tip ups and jigging.

At   Tongue this week I am hearing they are catching more crappies. The wax worms are working.”


Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says,” The ice has gotten thickerWe had some snow this week so not many are talking about their fishing. .

Canyon Ferry had a good tournament.  The   trout   fishing  has been good.

At   Holter they are catching a lot of perch. They are really biting.”


Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977

Chris says,   “Lots of ice and lots of snow.  Footing is not good.  Still not recommend fishing right now.  You   can’t even get up to the ice anywhere.

You can book trips now for later, just call the shop.  Our hours now are 9 to 1 Monday to Saturday and 9 to 1 pm on Sunday. ”


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

Beau says,” Nymph fishing was pretty dang nice this week they say.  Try sow bugs and midges they are working. Stream fishing is fair.  The water is clear. Be careful on the ramps there is some ice. Stock up on your flies.”


Steven Caldwell   guide   * Unable to contact. No new report this week.


Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Rich says, “The wind blew some this week. The   fishing was actually pretty   good.   .  The river is now at 2800 cfs.   Nymping is good right now.  Try going   deep with a gray ray tan, scuds or small beats pattern. Some soft tackle is working.  Try pheasant tails and zebra tails and midges in the 18 and 20 size.  Tongue teasers are also working as well.

The midges and baetes  are hatching some of the time. It is pretty good for streamers.  Try a thin mint or a dark hippy. You can call the shop for ramp conditions as I really watch that closely. “

Our normal hours are we are closed Sunday and Monday. We   are open   9 am to 2 pm now Tuesday to Saturday.


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


Alice tells us,” The much appreciated longer days are allowing a little warmth down on the Madison on sunny afternoons. Calm days see midges hatching and being eaten by interested trout. Other days fish are eating smaller caddis nymphs behind larger stoneflies. If the weather is dreadful and you have to get on the water, try an olive streamer in deeper water.”

.”Yellowstone National Park

Alice explains, “Fishing in the park is now closed for the season.”