Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 8.5.13
By angelamontana

Posted: August 7, 2013

(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.


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

Bill said, “the walleye are slowing down. We still are seeing lots of Northern Pike and bass. York island seems to be a good place to get trout right now. Use flashers and squids. Blue and silver spoons seems to be a working. Fishing for the cure tournament is this weekend. It is a one day event with a prize for walleye and northern pike. Call 406-599-8092 for information.”


Tongue River Reservoir

Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson

“The fishing is pretty good,” explains Colton. Walleye and northern pike are still being caught . Bass are doing well using cranks and worms in more shallow water. Northern Pike are taking anything blue right now. They seem to be more active than all year.


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

Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir

At Hell Creek Clint is seeing, “Northern pike are doing fairly good on crank baits at 10 to 18 feet.” Bass are biting really well actually at the main point.. Crankbaits , jigging, and harnesses in the shallows is working. Walleye are more spotty right now. The bite changes daily.

They vary from 18 to 25 feet. Leeches and worms are working.


Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597

Gene Moore, of Lake Ridge says,” Lake trout and northern pike have been fishing good. Walleye are at 30 to 40 feet. They are finding lake trout at 80 to 110 feet. Small mouth are doing good by the dam.”


Lake Elmo Billings

Fishing both in a small non-motorized boat and off shore is producing fish. Trout are being caught but the heat is slowing the action a little at times. Check the water you are going to as some waters have restricted times to fish because of the heat.


Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri

Sam says,”someone caught a nice 5 pound walleye off the dam. Worms are working pretty well off shore. The water is clearing up. Boat fishermen are having success with dough cheese bait in salmon flavor.”


Deadmans/Martinsdale Justin

“Trout fishing at Martinsdale in mornings and evenings is best but slow fishing. Trout fishing you can pick up some. The water is definitely lower and so fishing has slowed,” Justin explains.

“Deadmans is still pretty tough with low water. It is definitely slow. The heat is not helping. Go to the higher waters in the mountains, “he said.


Don’s Lewistown- Dale

“Spring Creek they are fishing with hoppers. They are using assorted other dry flies. The water has been a bit off color.

At Achley use bait from shore. From a boat use deep trollers, leaded lines and Dick Night lures.

The Missouri at Fred Robinson fish for catfish traditional bait.

Fort Peck fish deep. Northern Pike are still on,“ says Dale Ponds around here are doing well trolling and from shore using power bait and worms. Use Mepps as they are working.

On Crooked Creek by Winnett, the small boats can be launched. They are catching catfish and a few walleye.

Forchette Bay on Peck has been good jigging at 10 to 15 feet for walleye. Catching some black crappies too.

On the Missouri at the Fred Robinson catfish are really biting. Night crawlers are working. Only a few walleyes being caught,” Dale said.

Ackley Lake is good use leaded line with a night lure. The water has gone up. You can launch a boat now. Panther martins and Mepps in colors are working. They are trolling with a boat or fishing from the bank. Worm fishing with a bobber is good as well,” Dan says.


Crooked Creek-Grant

A small boat can be launched as there is some water at Crooked Creek now. The marina will not be open. It is closed but cabins are still available for other uses just call 1-406-429-2999.


Minnow Bucket-Allen Camarillo 861-0156

“Catfish are being caught on the Yellowstone river from Huntley down. The Small mouth are picking up. I’ve heard of walleye being caught in the Hysham area. Jig for small moth. Use cut bait for catfish.


Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

If you want walleyes head south. You have to work a bit harder for the walleyes but you can find pockets and then really get into them. People are limiting out. Pink colors are working right now. The Camp-mak-a-dream walleye benefit was on August 3, 2013. Winners of the benefit were 1st place team Tammy Ryan. Walleye 19 inches long. 2nd place team Roger Twillinger. Walleye 18 inches long. 3rd place Jerry Evenson team. Walleye 18 inches long.4th place team Jeff Koski. Walleye 17.25 inches long.


West Side Sports Dan 1-406-654-1611

Nelson has slowed up. Use a bottom bouncer, and spinner harness for walleyes. They are finding they need to go deeper 12 to 20 feet. Cranks are working for northerns but go shallower depending on the weeds. Go 10 to 20 feet at the end of the weed line. A few people are jigging by going deep and further out.

Forchette Few people are sharing their success and are pre fishing for the Fall Classic this weekend. Call Travis Scott 406-366-5603.

Last week they were using worms and bottom bouncers for walleye. For northerns they are using cranks and rapalas, shad raps and flicker shads but not going as deep. Flicker shad and a rattletrap works to catch pike.

Cranks are working on walleye right now but the heat determines the catch.



Fort Peck Glasgow Fishing is somewhat slower especially walleyes. Try a copper smiley blade and slow death rig. The women’s tournament winner caught 5 fish with a total weight of 22 pounds. So fishing was okay. Head toward the pines.

Tongue River Bass fishing has turned on. Head toward structure using a slow trolling motion. Walleye fishing has been good.

Cooney Sam says,”someone caught a nice 5 pound walleye off the dam.

Worms are working pretty well off shore. The water is clearing up. Boat fishermen are having success with dough cheese bait in salmon flavor.”

The Yellowstone is still producing catfish.

Yellowtail is producing walleye and sauger and some smallmouth bass I have heard at Oka Bay.


Rich’s Tackle – Richard

People are catching a few trout on flies. There is a lot of moss on the river. The river waters are really low. The Madison river is closed from 2 to midnight as is the Madison right now.

Canyon Ferry People are catching small walleye. Still catching nice trout, some northern pike and a few bass. Having a bit wind. They were using slow death trolling.

Missouri River seems to be really bad. It has lots of weeds making fishing difficult. Rainbows are being caught.



Petrolia is just okay. It is still spotty. Fishing has been decent from the shore. Jigging is working at times.


Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977

Casey says,”People are catching fish. You have to work harder to get them. A little of everything is producing results. Try foam hoppers on the Yellowstone. Use Hairs ear as droppers.

The Stillwater is lower. From Absarokee down it is better fishing. They are hitting on all kinds of things. Try small hoppers, purple haze and Adams.

The Yellowstone right now is hit and miss. “You can have a good day if you lower your expectations. Water temperature is close to 70 degrees.

Lots of tricos on the Yellowstone but not producing. They are two weeks early. Zebra midges are working. Be patient.

High country rivers are doing well. Both Rosebuds, both lower and upper are catching.

Because of the low water and water temp be aware of how you handle the fish you catch. Do as little handling as possible.


Fort Smith Trout Shop 666-2375 – Steve

Nymph Fishing is good. Nymphing is working good. Baetis for dry they are working. PMDs and Sally’s are showing up on the lower part. The water is warming,” Hale said. Streamer fishing is picking up using black and olive streamers.

Big Horn Lake has been average fishing for small mouth bass and walleye right now.

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