Central to Eastern MT Fishing Report 9.10.18
By angelamontana

Posted: September 13, 2018

Summer is slowly winding down  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. The fire season also means we all need to be alert to be actions and conditions.    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   can   come  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 compiled by Carol Henkel)

 Rock Creek Marina- Monty LeTexier , Wyatt  1-406-485-2560

Monty   says, “   this week the fish seem to be not as deep.  People have been getting nice   bass.  Some people are getting  nice size    ones, just shy of 5 pounds.   Guys are finding   walleye between here and McGuire Creek  in the weeds at 20 to 25 feet.  They have been mostly eater size this week.  Lake Trout are at 120 feet with a downrigger at 92 to 95 feet toward the dam.  Water visibility is pretty good.  The kitchen   continues to be open and our hours have not changed yet. ”

 “Our hours are Sunday to Thursday 7 am to 9 pm.  Friday

 to Sunday 7 am to 11pm.  We are willing to open early or later than these hours depending on the need.  We are excited to get people fishing and hear their fishing stories , “Monty says.

Tongue River Reservoir Raymond /Spencer/ Greg

Raymond   says,” Fishing seemed to be picking up.  We had beautiful weather.    The water elevation  is 3421  and the water is 69 degrees.  Frog Pond is about empty.  That means no boat access here.  .  I heard of people catching  some crappies, bass and walleye.  Some people said they caught   crappie using cranks. Bass fishing people said has been pretty good.  Not many northern pike caught people say.  Someone caught a huge cat fish. Guys caught  very few walleye. “    .

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

Wade  says fishing was good this week.  One couple caught 40 crappies pulling cranks at 2 mph in a depth of 15 to 20 feet depths.  They had the most success.  Others got less but did well on crappies as well.  One lady caught a 7 pound walleye at a depth of 12 to 15 feet. She was using a bottom bouncers.Someone else caught a nice catfish on a frog.  It was a 12 ½ pounder.    The   Marina is now open every day.  Our  hours are 8 to 5 Monday to Thursday  and  Friday and Saturday 7 to 9.  On Sunday we will be open   from 7 to 5 pm.

 Hell Creek Marina- Clint Thomas-Layne 1-406- 557-2345

Staff says,” Fishing has been slow.  They have caught some small mouth and trout.“

 The Marina is open 7 days a week, 7 am to 6 pm.  ­­­­­­­

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

Eddie   says, “ Salmon  has been  slow this last week .  If you put in the time you can come in with one fish a day.  They are at 50 to 95 feet depths over a canyon ball at 110 to 170 feet of water.  Lake trout  fishing is still  good.  Lots are  being caught   pulling spoons at 90 to 125 feet of water.  Use a jig or troll with a downrigger.  Walleye fishing is good.  Use a Rapala  jig rap or a shiver minnow and go deep 30 plus deep.  They are catching nice size walleye. You can find small mouth bass off of the face of the dam  at the rocks  right now. Some are going down lake to the pines and the rock piles and catching walleye as well.  ”

We do have minnows, suckers, fatheads, Smelt, night crawlers,  hooks, floaters, full suckers, wax and   meal worms and white and pink maggots here for the guys to use.  Our hours are   7am-6 pm Monday through Sunday. ”

Cooney Reservoir – Marina Matheson. Shauni, Cynthia

 Marina  reports, “ It was not very busy over the weekend.  The fish have not been   biting well.  It has been pretty quiet. The  algae on the water seems to be less with the cooler weather.. We have   gained 10 feet of shore line now. The water has lowered  20 feet.

I want to remind everyone on the leash law for Cooney,   We want everyone to enjoy their visit to Cooney.  Make sure your dog is on a leash to protect  yourself and others. Camp reservation system  ends this Sunday for the year.  “

Lake Elmo FWP Bob Gibson

Bob says,” Early this morning someone  was out in a boat fishing. With school during the week it is pretty quiet during the day.  The water temperature has definitely  changed with the cooler days. The lake level is the same. People are catching perch and catchable rainbow trout.  Those fish we put in earlier are getting bigger.”

 Yellowstone County still has fire restrictions which will affect all fishing access sites. If you have a question call FWP for information, Please be careful.

 The Indian Fort Access at Reed point will be closed the rest of the summer.  It is restricted to walk in only.  There has been some damage to the road which has narrowed the road and is dangerous.  That has to be repaired

The East Bridge Lockwood fishing access is closed as there is   construction going on,” Bob explains.

Deadmans Tony Stefani

 Pat reports, “The other day there were 5 boats out there and today I see three maybe  four. So people are out there trying but no one is saying they caught anything.  The water is going down.  Not as many campers for fishing more there for hunting.”

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

   Terry says “I talked to   a group that went  to the waters around here.  They tried Newland, Bair and Sutherland and came back with one fish a piece.  So it sounds like it was slow.  ”

Checkerboard Inn   Checkerboard, MT   Rick and Judy Geordge  406-572-3373

 Judy says, “We heard from people who went to   Bair and Martinsdale   caught fish.  They thought it was good fishing.  Of course, with hunting season starting we are   seeing not as many people are fishing .  ”

Sports Center 120 2nd Ave South  Lewistown, MT   535-9308  Colby / John Tognetti

 Colby says, “We are all moved in. find the  store at 120 2nd Ave. South in Lewistown.  The building is the old Don’s Sporting   Goods building. A   bigger store with lots more product.  Our hours are 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 4pm  on Sunday.”

 Colby reports, “  On Spring Creek they are finding hoppers work.  They have not   froze out yet.  Some are seeing some   caddis.  It   is fishing   well.  Use small   flies and spinners ..  Use the Panther Martin,   the blue fox and the caddis fly.

 Achley : On Achley trout fishing is piss poor right now .I talked to people who went  Thursday through Sunday and did not catch a thing.  Many came back with not a fish.   Muskie fishing  people are catching a few.  It has been hit and  miss.  They are using  cranks for   Muskies.  The Muskie are at 12 to 15 feet depths. My advice is change things up.  Do something different.

 Crooked Creek:  I hear Crooked Creek has been turned on for walleye.  The water has cooled.

The river water has cooled.  Try jigs and plastics like the Berkley ripple shad or Paddle Tails.

East Fork : On the  East Fork  they are getting small mouth  and perch.  Guys are catching a pike or two.

Nelson:  On Nelson fishing is okay.  They are catching perch and some walleye.”

 Crooked Creek Marina Winnett, Montana   James  (Slim) and Abbie Craig, Carri Craig   406-429-2999

No report this week.

Carri  explains,” Lots of hunters and fisherman here this week.  Fishing started off slow on Thursday and Friday but picked up part of the day on Friday.  Someone caught some crappies, perch and lots of drum.  Saturday people caught some nice walleye.  They were 19 and 29 inches in size.  People caught cats, crappies and one boy caught a 20 pound pike.  He was using a bottom bouncer pulling a plug jig.  Monday there were a lot of crappies and walleyes caught at depths of 27 feet depths.  I saw people catch their limit.   No salmon or lake trout were caught. ”

 Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

  Sharon   reports,” Fishing  is good if the wind is not blowing. Some nice perch have been caught. At White Earth they are catching northern pike.  Going East walleye fishing has been good at Confederate and Snaggy.  The algae is not as bad.  It is improving.  “

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

The Flamingo has closed for the season.

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

Staff reports, ”Fish are  biting at  Nelson.    Walleye fishing is good.  They are catching walleye  at depths of 17 to 22 foot depths.

Guys are now heading to  Forchette.   Cranks are working. ”

Stop by the store.  We do have minnows here if you need them.

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

 Billings-Scheels Jayce, Tanner, Matt

Jayce   said, “   I am hearing from guys who are catching walleye and bass at the After Bay on the Big Horn.  It is right where the water dumps into the river..

 I hear the lower   Yellowstone by Custer and Terry has been good for bass and sauger.  They are finding them with a jig and a minnow   in the holes.

On the Yellowstone at Miles City the   catfish fishing   has been good. Some nice ones caught.

People say Fort Peck has dropped.  They are shotting with a soft minnow at depths of 20 to 25 foot depths.

We just got in a lot of minnows if you need them.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

Rich says,” the rivers have come up, not a lot.  Right now there is not much irrigation going on.  It is mossy in places.  People are telling me they are catching trout.  Spin casting is not good because of the mossy areas.  About all that you can use is a bobber and a worm.  Fly fishermen  are using grasshopper imitations.

I hear people are doing pretty good at Canyon Ferry for walleye.  The algae guys say is not as bad.  It definitely is not as bad as it usually has been in past years.”

Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977 ,Bill, Ken, Jasmine

Jasmine  says , “The Yellowstone  is fishing very well.  Try using a Purple Haze or hoppers .   Use a nymph with legs when it is cooler.  Try dries on days when it is warmer.  Look for caddis.    Flies and hoppers in peach and tan are  working  now.  The water clarity is 4 to 6 feet deep.  The Indian Fort is still closed.

 The Stillwater is so low it is too bony to float.  It is good to wade and walk.  Try dries as they are working.  Use hoppers in size 12 and 14.  Try using a Jack Cabe, , PMX, and  flies in  yellow, orange and olive. People are catching a lot of browns and some rainbows and whitefish.”

We are   open Monday to Sunday from 9 to 5 pm.”

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

Beau says,” The  Big Horn is not good fishing.  I have canceled  trips as it is that bad.  I did not want to but I don’t want people here if the fishing is this bad. IYou see the hatch but the fish are just not hungry.  You see the hatch on the surface or sub surface  and yet the fish are just not eating. The water is green.“

Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Rick   reports,” Fishing is not real good.  Nymphing is slow.  There are some bugs .  Try dries on the top three miles.  Fishing on the 3 to 13 is spotty.  The good news is that streamers are picking up.  Try the thin mint as it is starting to work.  Try black bunny leaches in a 10 and 14  The cs is 3,000 and it is 96 percent full. ”

Our summer hours  are   8 am to 5 every day.

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

Madison River

No report available.