Northerns More Active on Fort Peck: Eastern Montana Fishing Report
By Matt Schauer

Posted: October 11, 2012

Many of the area waterways are low, so please use caution while on the water. 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 MORS Crew.

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

“Awesome fishing is still going on. Northern Pike fishing has actually gotten better from last week,” Bill says. “Northerns are really out there and fishermen are doing really well. They are using cranks on Northern pike. They are biting on blue and white colors at 10 to 15 feet. Walleye fishing is also good. I had guys who have 20 walleye in a day. It is just really hot,” Bill explains.

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

Crooked Creek Fort Peck Reservoir

Grant says, “fishing is good. They are catching walleye, sauger and northerns. The walleye are being found a couple miles out from shore at 15 to 20 feet depths. They are using 6 to 8 inch perch jigs. The Northerns are more active and they are finding the more colors and action on your cranks the better the fishing. Boats have to be really careful between the ramp and a mile past Anderson point.”

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

Walleye are picking up right now. They are up in the bays because of the cooler water. Fishermen are going 10 to 12 feet deep using jigs. Perch are half way back in the bay at 6 to 10 feet deep. They are catching on cranks and spoons in the weeds. Northern Pike are biting on the color brown with crankbaits. You can find pike by fishing in the thicker weed beds.

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

Fort Peck Reservoir Dam/Bear Creek/Pines

Gene says, “It is still good fishing down here. Lots of northern pikes still being caught near brush and trees. Salmon are being caught in Marina Bay and Spillway Bay now. On the river the down from the powerhouse, they are catching really nice walleye using crank bait with husky jerk and rapallas.”

“Pheasant hunting is also good right now,” Gene reports.

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

Nelson, Forchette

Dan at West Side Sports tells us, “the fishing is good on Nelson. It is picking up with the temperature change. They are using jigs with minnows or crawlers. Northerns are being caught by cranks.” Dan says, “to catch walleyes, they are using bottom bouncers. The bite really varies.”

“Forchette is the same. The guys are using bottom bouncers on walleyes . The weather may pick things up,” Dan explains.

***Deadmans and Martinsdale

Fishing is picking up a bit. Shore fishing is producing rainbows, but no browns. Cool weather is picking it up. It is super low, so have to have a small boat. Boat fishing is still better than shore.

On Martinsdale’s anglers are catching rainbows. The river is producing browns. Fishing is better late in the evening for browns.

Deadmans trout fishing is about the same.

*** Tongue River Marina & Scheels

Tongue River Reservoir

The marina is closed for the season. Lucky from Scheels says, “Tongue is extremely low. They have pulled the docks. Check conditions before you go.

On the Tongue word has it some guys have caught a lot of fish. Not great size yet for walleye.

*** Silos Marina Sharon 266-3100

Canyon Ferry

Sharon says, “the fishing is not bad on Canyon Ferry right now. People are finding lots of perch and walleye up north toward Hole in the wall by the west shore. They are using bottom bouncers not a lot of cranks. Lots of trout are being caught.”

*** Minnow bucket Allen Camarillo 348-2440

“Lots of smallmouth bass are being caught from Huntley with crankbaits,” Allen said. “Sauger and walleye are picking up using cranks. The river is clear and low with a bit of moss. if you use crankbaits you can avoid the moss. Someone caught a 6 pound catfish near Waco,” Allen reports.

***Lake Elmo Billings

Fishing is still slow. A few bass are being caught. Worms are working and off shore fishing is still happening.

***Cooney Jenny at Cooney and Nate at Scheels, Billings

People are catching off shore. Allen from Minnow bucket has seen pictures and heard some nice walleye are being caught on Cooney. They are finding some walleye and perch closer to the dam. The ramps have been pulled because of low water.

***Don’s Charlie 1-800-879-8194

Lewistown East Fork Reservoir

Dale says, “there is so much fall fishing on Spring Creek right now. Fishing is good on bead heads using any pattern and color.” He thinks we will see the blue wing olive hatch later in the week. On the Missouri pitch cranks into pools and you will find nice walleye and northern pike. They are seeing nice fish. Catfish are also hitting. A firetiger doing bottom walking with worms at 10 feet is working at Crooked Creek. Ackley Lake is really producing.”

***Scheels Lucky Bethol

Crooked Creek is fishing well at 15 to 16 feet using cranks.

Petrolia is very low and perch shore fishing is best . It is a small reservoir but good fishing.

Lucky says, “bass fishing is really good catching 3 to 4 pounders. Excellent for all species. The river water is up 6 inches because of the rain. It is very spotty, but not as good as the normal fall yet. Seeing some sauger and a few northerns and even caught a sturgeon. In low water you can see how they are presenting, as they are close to the surface looking for oxygen. The big problem in a lot of places are the ramps. Be ready to put in from the gravel bar because of how low the water is. If you go on the Yellowstone be very, very careful there are lots of things to look out for. Pay attention to navigation, it is key but the fishing is really good. Just be careful.”

***Scheels Nate McClenning

Cooney and Deadmans are a lot lower. Much tougher to get in to. Boats have to be careful.

Fort Peck has been cold fishing, but I hear they are catching. They caught lots of northerns and some walleye.


The Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the week of 10/9/12 was compiled by Carol Henckel

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