“Best Fishing in 20 Years” on Crooked Creek and More in the Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: August 15, 2012

Please be advised that the extremely hot weather has been making precarious high wind conditions as well as potential for heat stroke. Please use caution while on the waters . Call the contact person in the area you are planning on fishing for current daily information. Also use extreme caution on the water at all times. Good Luck Fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.

***Bill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560

“It has been good fishing all weekend,” Bill said. “The water temperature is 70 degrees.” Northern pike are being caught on crankbaits and walleye are being caught on slow death. The walleye are in shallow water, about 10 to 15 feet deep. Fishing for a Cure Tournament is going on this Saturday. Friday night is the rules meeting and there are still openings to fish.

***Grant-Crooked Creek Marina 1-406-429-2999

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

“Fishing is awesome. Lucky Bethel has been fishing here this week and he has been fishing here for 20 years. He says he thinks this is the best fishing he has ever seen in all those years,” Grant explains. Fishermen are catching everything, walleye, pike, crappie, bass and paddlefish. Northern pike and walleye are fighting for the same bait, Grant reported. The catch is a bit tricky figuring out what color is working but once you find it they take it like crazy. Colors change a lot.

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

Walleye fishing is pretty good. They have slowed some. Northern Pike are biting at 14 to 17 feet on crankbaits. Best catch east towards the dam.

***Gene Moore Lake ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines/

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge reported, “Northern Pike are still good! A few salmon are being caught at the dam at 70 feet depth. The lake trout are fishing well. The walleye are pretty good. It is just a good year for all of them trout, walleye, northern pike and small mouths. Bear Creek, Duck Creek and the pines are still all good. “

***West Side Sports – Dan 1-406-654-1611

Nelson, Forchette

Dan, at West Side Sports told us, “Nelson is again fishing good. They are using bottom bouncers and worms on walleye. Crankbaits are doing well on northern pikes. Get out early in the A.M. for the best bite.” Forchett is working with bottom bouncers.


Walleye fishing is doing better. Some are catching their limits. Heat is definitely a factor. Shore fishing is a little better.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Martinsdale’s fishing from the shore is better using a worm. Boat fishing has been erratic using hardware.

Deadmans trout fishing was mediocre this week. One lucky someone caught a Muskie this week.

***Matt Stephens- Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225

Tongue River Reservoir

Colton said, “the fishing is still good and everything is about the same. They are trolling for walleye, northern pike and small mouth bass. Crappie fishing is fair right now. Large mouth that have been caught have been 5 to 7 pounds. The northern pike are being caught.” They are catching catfish as well.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 1-406-266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Fishing was excellent this week better than last week. The walleye are fishing very good and are moving toward the Hole in the Wall. “Walleyes are running 6 to 20 feet deep,” Sharon said. Many fishermen are limiting out if they chose with sizes 14 to 18 inches. We had a northern pike that was 16 pounder caught at Galzagory point. There are plenty of trout as well.

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 1-406-348-2440

“The water is improving, it is going down and clearing up. They are catching sauger. “Fishermen are catching catfish from right here and all the way down the river”, Allen says. We just need cooler days. Small mouth are being caught going east on night crawlers and shrimp. “ Allen says. The River continues to clear. It has dropped some more.

***Lake Elmo Billings

High temperatures are making early morning and late day fishing the best. They are consistently catching fish at those times.

***Don’s Charlie 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Charlie reported, “Spring Creek is good fishing. It is clear on the edges. Hopper patterns are really working. At Ackley guys are trolling deep at 16 to 18 feet. They are using gold silver Panther Martins or black and white Mepps.” They are finding sauger on the Missouri off points on sandbars using worms. “I have heard that at Forchette and Crooked Creek they are catching small mouth bass and crappies on red white mepps. They are trolling for walleye at 20 to 25 feet with worm harnesses,” Charlie explained.

***Lewistown Sports Dave 1-406-535-6898

Dave says, “Fly fishing at Spring Creek is really good on the hoppers. Crooked Creek is as good anything in the state. Your best luck is using bottom bouncers and spinners with night crawlers in 12 to 18 feet of water. It is just really, really good fishing.” Store grand opening is Monday, August 20th. Hours 7 am to 6pm Mon-Fri Sat 7-3

The Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the week of 8/14/12 was compiled by Carol Henckel

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