Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 5.20.13
By angelamontana

Posted: May 22, 2013
(photo courtesy of Angela Montana)

Report compiled by Carol Henckel

Please be advised that conditions can change daily so please call the contact person in the area you are planning on FISHING for current daily information. Weather is changing and some days wind can be a big factor.

Keep an eye on the weather while you are out there and stay safe.

Good luck FISHING from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.

MBill -Rock Creek Marina 1-406-485-2560
“Fishing has been good. Some people left catching 40 to 50 walleyes. I saw 2 that were 30 inches and one 27 inches,” Bill says. Orange jigs with black eyes and minnows seem to work. Worm harness are working.

Walleyes are being caught shallow at 5 to 15 feet. The days have been overcast this week. Lots of Northern Pike being caught. Some nice small mouth being caught as well. I have lots of nice fatheads right now.

Tongue River Reservoir- Bob Peterson
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton
“Crappies have started to turn on. They are nice size some 14 inches and above with the majority bigger. Walleye fishing has been
fantastic. Some are nice size at 2 to 5 pound. It has been really good using worm harnesses. A jig and minnow is working as well but they really like leeches. Perch have been steady. They are small but good, ”Colton says.

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“Good fishing for Northern Pike, walleye and bass are being found in shallow at 4 to 15 feet.Seems to be you get a limit on anythingyou fish for right now. The best places are Sutherland and Snow Creek. Small mouth bass are at 6 to 10 feet in shallow. Spoons are working shallow on pike,” Clint says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says,” Northern Pike are being caught everywhere it seems. Dry arm good for walleye using smelt and a minnow. Lake trout are picking up. Lindy’s are also working.” The dry arm is good for walleye with smelt and minnow. Duck Creek, Bear Creek and Jennings Point are picking up for walleye and northern.Spawn is pretty much done”

Lake Elmo Billings
Lake Elmo is back up after the repairs. The headgate has been repaired now. The water is higher than people have seen in a long time. People can fish and are catching trout and a few catfish.

Cooney Reservoir Jenny
Glena says, “This weekend it was the monsoons out there so not much luck fishing. Some are catching from shore trout. Walleye fishing has picked up by the dam. Walleyes are going deep and they are a look alike minnow trolling. Deep divers rapella has brought good luck. The lake is rising with the rain.”

Deadmans/Martinsdale Justin

Fishing is so so at best at Deadmans. Some people are catching a few rainbows.


“Tough fishing at Martinsdale. Fair to okay catching,” Justin said.

The river is higher and muddy but not flood stage.

Don’s Lewistown- Dale
Spring Creek is off color. People are using the “local ties” as well and nymphs. ”Achley Lake is doing well. Fishing well with spin rod and fly fishing rod. Shore fishing for trout is good bait fishing, spin fishing and also using flies,” Dale says. The Missouri has been doing extremely well for catfish. Use standard catfish bait, fish the holes with live minnows for catches.

Crooked Creek-Grant
Due to water levels being too low you cannot fish or use your boat at Crooked Creek. The marina will not be open. It is closed but cabins are still available for other uses just call 1-406-429-2999.

Lewistown Sports-Dave
There is a good hatch of may flies on Spring Creek and people are catching trout.

Missouri river doing well you can catch catfish, walleye and northerns off the shore. They are using a hook and sinker and minnows. Water is really muddy.

Minnow Bucket-Allen Camarillo 861-0156

The Yellowstone has blown up. It is dirty, dirty and rising Try Huntley and down for catfish,” Allen says. “Hit the lakes as the river is way too muddy. I caught catfish at the face of the dam using a slip bobber yesterday.”

Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“Fishing has been excellent for walleyes. Go shallow on the South end on both sides you will get a bite. Rainbows are good fishing right now.
Cranks, bottom bouncers and worms are working right now. The lake is up and the water is cloudy. It is up 8 to 10 inches and is continuing to fill. Broadway Rod and Gun Tournament is moved to Canyon Ferry this year instead of Goose Bay on July 12 th ”,Sharon says.

West Side Sports Dan 1-406-654-1611

“Nelson is fishing good with bottom bouncers nd a night crawler. Some are using worm harnesses for pike, Dan says. “The ditches are bringing in some muddy water. The fisherman are using cranks at 8 to 30 feet,” Dan says.

Forchette is low like Crooked Creek. The ramp could be too low o get into.

Billings-Scheels Nate

Rock Creek at Fort Peck is fishing a shallow bite. They are catching walleye and pike. Bug Creek has nice small mouth.

Cooney is good fishing pre rain. They are using slow death with gulp crawlers.

Hell Creek is picking up again.

Nelson Reservoir is really good. Some have caught 18 inch walleye.

Petrolia is doing well jigging for walleye. I have seen evidence of 6 pound walleye caught.  The river is blown out and way too muddy. Just not safe a lot of debris.

Still might catch some catfish.

Rich’s Tackle – Richard
We now have snow in the Snowies, Spanish peaks and the Tabacco mountains.

Rivers are muddy so not great fishing.

Yellowtail/ Big Horn –Dave Egdorf 406-665-3489

“We have had a wet, rainy really ugly week with wind and lots of rain,” Dave says.

“Walleye on the Yellowtail has slowed down and the spawning has slowed down. It is active in the wee hour in the am and pm. Use a jig with a minnow. A few crappies are being caught. Not real big though, “Dave explains.

Willow Creek Reservoir- “They are catching nice rainbow trout, “ Dave says.

Big Horn has had the bite warmed up. It has been good with a variety of bug life. Midge and cattis action. The fish are lower down from the reservoir.

Yellowstone is muddy and slowing down.

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