Summer is here and with it comes sudden changes in weather and high water. Outdoor enthusiasts including fishermen need to pay attention to these changes. Flooding can happen quickly so fishermen or fisherwomen need to keep in touch with the weather service. 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 including snow can come on in fierce strength very fast. 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.
(Compiled by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill reports, “ The tournament this past weekend had 32 boats. Of course the wind decided to blow. The winner caught a 9.28 walleye. That boat had caught 27 pounds total. People found the walleye scattered. Fishing has been okay. They are catching the northern pike on cranks at 85 feet depths. The big ones have gone deep. Guys are catching small mouth bass occasionally . The water temperature is 68 degrees.
I was at the dam the last 2 days. We marked a ton of lake trout. We only got one though. The salmon bite is still slow. “
We are open 7 to 9 during the week and 7 to 11 on the weekend. We do have cabins for rent. Services are available .
Tongue River Reservoir /Spencer
Raymond reports,” The campers thinned out this past weekend. The fishing I am being told has increased. People are catching more. They have been catching some bass . I have seen more crappies caught this week. Fishermen seem to be heading more toward the north end of the lake. We are now in Stage 1 fire restrictions. “
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade, Stephanie /Warden Jordan Staley
Stephanie says,” fishing has picked up this week. We have seen more crappies and bass caught this week. The walleye bite has slowed but some are still catching a few. The crappie are suspended a few feet from the bottom. Someone caught a really nice 44 inch Northern pike. The water level is going down. I think by this weekend the frog pond right in front of the marina will be too low to launch a boat from.“
My hours are Monday through Thursday 8 to 6 pm. Friday and Saturday the hours will be 8 to 8 pm in May. Sunday will be 8 to 5 pm.”
Hell Creek Marina- Clint Thomas-Tyler 1-406- 557-2345 Marina Matheson-Park personnel
Clint says, “ People are headed toward the pines to Fort Peck for lake trout and salmon. They are catching quite a few lake trout. They are seeing lake trout at depths of 110 feet down. They are headed to Crooked Creek and Hacksbee and finding a few salmon here and there. For salmon they are using flashers and squids. The walleye bite is slow. They are catching decent size ones at 20 to 30 foot depths. They are headed from Hell Creek to Crooked Creek east. People are using cranks at 16 to 18 feet depths for northerns at the points. Small mouths are harder to find. If you find them you can find a lot of them. But you have to find them but once you do the bite is awesome. The trick is finding them. ”
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 salmon bite is slow right now. The salmon are not running. The water surface temperature is 68 degrees. The walleye bite is good using leeches. Go to depths of 18 to 20 feet with night crawlers as well. Lake trout are hot right now. Last week we had the lake trout just stop biting but not now they are really biting. Many people are heading toward York Island.”
We are doing guided trips. Check us out at Howes fishing. We have 4 very qualified licensed guides to serve you. We have a full line of bait, crawlers and minnows.
Our hours are now 7am to 7pm Sunday and Monday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday we are open 7 am to 7 pm. ”
Cooney Reservoir -Glennis, Mark is the game warden at Cooney.
“ Things have been slow here. It has been better for rainbow trout. The lake is going down. Usually we are seeing them catching in the early morning. It also is better fishing like an hour before dusk.. The walleye and northern pike bite are slow. “ Glennis says .
Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson
Bob says,” Fishing has been pretty good. The hatchery just brought in some more 7 to 9 inch rainbow trout this afternoon. The fish are deep. So people are fishing the cool part of the day to fish. The bait they are using is worms and corn for good results. “
Deadmans Tony Stefani
Tony says,” fishing has been picking up this week. People fishing shore are catching fish. I have seen them catch some medium size 15 to 18 inch salmon. There have been several boats out there but I have not heard they were catching. The water is going down some.”
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Terry says, “ I have sold worms this week. But not hearing of anyone getting something. . People are fishing from shore at Martinsdale. ”
Checkerboard Inn Checkerboard, MT Rick and Judy Geordge 406-572-3373
Rick says, “ I have heard this week that people caught fish at Bair, Martinsdale and Sutherland this week. People told me it has picked up at Martinsdale. They caught a few fish on power bait at Bair they said. Sutherland sounds like it was a little slower.“
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie said, “ Not much change in fishing this week. Spring Creek fishing is definitely good. The water is clear. Standard lures and flies are working . Immersion method is working. Nymph fishing with a bead head is working.
Achley : At Achley the water is going up so fish deeper. The water temperature is cooler. They are trolling at 20 feet and at 2 and a half miles per hour using a rapela.. Some have caught tiger muskeye from the bank and also from a boat.
Ponds: The ponds are still mossed up.
On Crooked Creek try fishing at 15 to 25 feet depths. Use a worm harness. Walleye and northern pike are being caught. Walleye have been a good bite. “
Crooked Creek Crooked Creek Marina Craig and Abby James 406-429-2999
Abby says, “ Fewer fish caught this week. It has been slower but people are still catching. We are seeing big walleye being caught. It seems like they are coming back in. Many are in 5 to 8 feet depths. The northern pike have been big. You will find them at 15 to 20 feet depths. My 9 year old granddaughter caught two 30 2/2 inch pike. They really gave her a real fight. It ran from her 3 times. We went out a couple of nights ago and caught a few of everything. We caught a bass, perch, some crappie and a drum. Nothing big but eatters. The colors right now are red, purple and green. Bottom bouncers and worms are working. “
The Marina’s hours are Monday to Thursday 7 am to 7pm and Friday to Sunday 6am to 9pm
There is full service at the Marina with non-ethanol fuel, bait, minnows, worms, leaches and fishing lures. We also have some rods and reels. There are cabins to rent. We hope to be open year round.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“ Sharon says,” lots of 12 to 16 inch walleye being caught. The perch bite this week has been really , really good.
Trout fishing was good . Perch are being caught at 20 feet depths. The walleye fish they are catching are averaging 14 to 18 inch size. Guys are finding them in the river. They are using bottom bouncers and cranking. Everyone is consistently going south toward pond 1.
There continues to be an inspection station at the landing. Every boat will be inspected when they come out of the water. It is halfway between the landing and the highway. The live well needs to be empty of water. The plug needs to be removed and the live well needs to be wiped down. We do have plenty of bait here. They are now setting up a water cleaning station up from the ramp. The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Jim says,” Forchette was slow fishing this week. It has been spotty. You could catch a few towards the narrows.
Nelson’s water is still going up. You can now load boats from the boat ramp again. They have turned the irrigation water off. “
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday
Billings-Scheels John Cooper, Dan
Matt Cowen says :
Yellowstone: The Yellowstone River has been fly fishing well. People are using hopper droppers.
The river is heating up. There have been lots of bass being caught. Go deeper like 20 to 30 feet deep using cranks. Troll 2 mph for best results.
Fort Peck: The lake trout are hitting at Fort Peck. Try cranking 144 feet deep. One fellow did well on walleye using an inside planner board. That was a surprise. Walleye fishing is slow.
Cooney: Try cranks on Cooney. Go deeper like 20 to 30 feet depths. Troll 2 mph.
Tongue: On Tongue try cranks early in the morning. The bass are being caught right now.
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Rich says, “ The walleye are biting on Canyon Ferry people tell me. They are catching rainbows, walleyes and some perch using bottom bouncers and a few cranks. Just keep an eye on the wind and weather.
Rivers: All three rivers here are on Hoot own rules. Fishing can only be done from early morning to 2 pm because of the low water and heat. The West Gallatin looks really low. People have said the little creeks are fishing okay . They are saying they are getting brookies or cut throat.”
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977 , Bill, Jasmine
Bill reports,“ . Both rivers are fishing well. The upper Stillwater is still wading well. The lower section is good for floaters. We are seeing tricot hatches in the afternoon. Use streamers in the morning like hopper-droppers. Use large dries. Try a Jack Cabe, PMX, Chernobyl’s,, Yeti hopper, Water Walkers and Fat Franks. For nymphs try a beadhead Prince, hairs ear, flashback or pheasant tails. On the Yellowstone try Copper John, a Pheasant Tails, Princes or a Batman. Drift a streamer. Try a black or olive wooly bugger in the evening. The Stillwater is lower and is boney so you have to do some maneuvering. The Yellowstone has a slight tinge to it. The Stillwater is clearer.“
Montana Adventures and Angling in Fort Smith Beau McFadyean 406-855-3612
Beau says,” The water is about 3600 cfs. The water temperature is 60 degrees. The tricot hatch is good in the morning now. After that hoppers are working. They are very good. Streamers are working as well. Try a sow bug. Fishing is just okay. . The water is murky.”
Steven Caldwell guide:
Steven says,” Put the nymphs away unless you go to the dam. Try and throw dries.
Better yourself…throw at a rising fish .
And get to the Missouri to fish.
Try a fly that is dead drifted. Drop it in. Reach cast, feed the line with no drag and set the hook and repeat.
And again get out early during the heat. Make sure you stay hydrated. Heat exhaustion or heat stoke are bad and once you experience it can return easier. , Treat the fish with care. If they come unhooked before the net that’s a bonus! Keep em wet.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Stephanie says ,” The good news is the water has gone down to 3250 cfs. They have told us they hope to keep it at this cfs. There is more wade fishing. There are tricot hatching in the morning. The fishing is good.
For nymph fishing. try a gray Ray Charles, soft tackle ,orange sow bug, zebra midge, black PT or San Juan worm.
Streamer fishing is still good. Try a vanilla wafer or a dirty hippy.
There is aquatic grass in the water. It is better down lower on the river. The Big Horn down to Mallard landing is better for grass.”
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 says,” Madison below Quake Lake,
Nymph bite has been good with blue winged olives and small caddis nymphs. Summery afternoons have fish looking for hoppers, ants and beetles. Keep those fish wet and cool.
Yellowstone National Park
High elevations are fishing the best, mostly with terrestrials. Cooler days will bring some hatches of mayflies to rivers in the Yellowstone River drainage. Carry bear spray!