Fall is here and with it comes sudden changes in weather and changes in water conditions. Outdoor enthusiasts including fishermen need to pay attention to these changes. Storms 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, fire 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.
(Report by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill reports, “ We had only a couple fishermen during the week. They caught a few northern pike. Fishing was real slow. I have a couple of friends here but it is too windy to go out so all we are doing is playing pinochle We have closed the Marina after Saturday. There will be no services. The plan is to pull the docks this week if the weather cooperates. There will be no food. We will have some fuel if you can find someone to help you with it. “
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 Raymond /Spencer/ Greg
Greg reports ,” All we got was a little frost. We had quite a few boats over the weekend. Saw some people have a few crappie. We will be pulling docks next week and shutting down the cleaning station soon when it gets too cold. The boat inspection will be here until the 15th. “
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade, Stephanie, Greg /Warden Jordan Staley
Wade says,” I saw a few fishermen this weekend. I saw a few people who had gotten a few crappie and some large mouth bass. They said catching northern pike or walleye was really slow. The Marina is closed . Bring your own worms as there will not be any here. There will be no fuel available.“
Hell Creek Marina- Clint Thomas-Tyler 1-406- 557-2345 Marina Matheson-Park personnel
Clint reports, “this last week the weather has been rainy. The walleye bite has been slow this past week. Northern pike and bass also seemed to be slow as well. For the northerns guys are pitching spoons or cranks”
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
Eddie says, “ It has been slow fishing for lake trout and salmon this week. Snagging salmon was legal as of October 1st. Even snagging has been slow. Either the salmon numbers are not here or the salmon have not moved in yet. We will just have to see how it goes as the week goes. Right now it is raining. We just got a little snow but it did not stick. “
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.
“The water has gone up a little. I saw people catching rainbow trout and a few browns being caught. So the browns are starting to be more active as fall is here. Not many walleye being called. Two of the three docks have been pulled and the third is no longer under water so it can be used easily. “Mark explains.
Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson
“ It has been pretty quiet Lake Elmo because of the storm, They were catching before the storm. With the weather changing and the rain the number of fishermen were fewer this week.
On the big Horn the water is high and we may see it go up higher. It is real mossy but guys are catching. Wading is pretty tough but fishing from a boat does produce some fish. It is tough fishing, “ Bob says.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
They had snow this week . A few fishermen have come. Don’t know if they are catching,” The dock is finally out and they are doing sampling. “ Bob says,“
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Terry says, “I did not talk this week to anyone about fishing on Martinsdale this week. It was good the week before. The guys were using colored marshmallows in green and yellow. With the weather changing I think going out was not what they wanted to do. ”
Checkerboard Inn Checkerboard, MT Rick and Judy Geordge 406-572-3373
Judy says, “I had one fishermen who went to Bair and Sutherland. He said it was real windy and he came home empty handed because nothing was biting. ”
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie said, “ We got one foot of snow. We are going to be dealing with muddy although it isn’t yet. I think Spring Creek would still fish well using flies. I am thinking you could head there by the weekend. You can use dries like midges. Nymphs are also working.
Anywhere else we will have to see how long this snow lasts. Don’t know if people will go out. “
Crooked Creek Crooked Creek Marina Craig and Abby James 406-429-2999
Carrie says, “ We are still definitely open. Over the weekend before the storm people were catching. They were catching walleye, sauger and northern pike. When people heard the storm was coming everyone left. On the hill up above we got 8 inches. Down by the Marina was only a little snow. Today (Wednesday) it is a beautiful day. No fishermen here yet. As far as the road in when we came yesterday it was a little muddy but you went slow you got through the rough parts. It really was okay. “
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 – unable to contact
“ Sharon says,” we did not have many fishermen this week. I think they are all out hunting. Fishing has been good for the few that did come. They did catch walleye in thee 12 to 16 inch size. It is not raining or windy today. It is sort of sunny today. “
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
Right now it is snowing and it is real windy. So that will decide how fishing is this week, People were still finding fish at Nelson. Some were catching walleye and perch. People are trying a jig and finding them deeper. The water has been lower than full pool. ”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday
Billings-Scheels John Cooper, Dan, Matt
Matt says ,” I have not heard from many people fishing this week. It has been pretty quiet. The Yellowstone is still somewhat murky. I have heard some bass were caught.
On Yellowtail they are starting to catch a few sauger.
Fishermen looking for salmon on Fort Peck at the dam say it is slow. I am told not
are getting any snagging.
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Rich says, “ It is snowing right now.(Tuesday) We have about 2 inches. I have heard that guys at Canyon Ferry were catching the bigger size walleyes this last week. The ones who I talked to headed to Goose Bay going north.
On the river the fly fishermen are getting some fish. I have heard guys are catching a few fish on the Madison. I also am hearing that on the Gallatin they are catching some nice browns. ”
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977 ,Bill
Chris reports,“ There has been some wind this week especially the last couple days. It is real windy today. The Stillwater has cleared up well. Purple haze are working. For dries try pheasant tails. Some guys are using a girdle bug with a nymph behind and it is working. For streamers try black and olive or the electric goldfish.
On the Yellowstone it has shown some clarity this week. It is still fishing well. Try streamers and dropper nymphs. ”
Montana Adventures and Angling in Fort Smith Beau McFadyean 406-855-3612
Beau says,” The water has turned over. So visibility is really poor as of yesterday. Fishing has gotten worse at the end of the week. There is less tricot hatch going on . The fall wind slowed the fishing some days. Nymphing is not good right now. Use streamers as they are working better. The water was raised today (Tuesday). There is lots of grass and it is braking away. Just tough fishing right now.”
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Stephanie said ,” It is breezy here. The water is at 4500 CSF.
That has pushed grass out. The color of the water and the grass has made it harder to fish. Not hearing of tricots being seen as much. .
For nymph fishing try it in the shallows. Don’t use much weight. You could try a gray Ray Charles size 18, soft tackle ,orange sow bug, zebra midge, black PT or San Juan worm. Use a black caddis as it works.
Streamer fishing is tougher with the grass. You can try a vanilla wafer, a dirty hippy or a pseudo spinner.”
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, Yellowstone National Park
Midges and blue winged olives are hatching in the slower water in the middle of the day. Fish small nymphs until the hatch or throw your favorite streamer. October Caddis are also hatching, fish a larger dry fly in the warmer hours.
Yellowstone National Park
The variety of weather recently has been great for the bug hatches on the Firehole. Blue winged olives and caddis are all hatching sometime in the middle of the day, the exact time depends on the clouds and sun. The Madison in YNP continues to be the most popular fishing destination this week, please be respectful of others. With 2,500 miles of running water in Yellowstone, use this break in the weather to see a new piece of water. And don’t forget your Bear Spray!!