Kjel Olson and crew fished Crooked Creek this past weekend, 1/23-1/26, and experienced success fishing for both walleye and northern pike. They fished down river of the Marina. The ice was great and ranged between 16 and 20 inches. Call ahead on a road report, as the road was getting dicey on they way out with the warm weather, and they expect them to get worse. Ice should remain good, though.
Live minnows on tip-ups between 5-24 FOW produced both pike and walleye at all depths. Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads also worked for walleye. The bite was best 8-10AM and again between 4-6PM. Walleye averaged 14-20 inches, with the biggest 25-inch walleye being caught by Josh Anderson of Bozeman. The pike bite was consistent with several pike between 30 and 40 inches being caught.
Pictured below is Josh Anderson with a 39-inch pike followed by a picture of Collin Cook (also pictured above) with the biggest of the trip coming in at 47.25 inches.