Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 10.13.14
By angelamontana

Posted: October 15, 2014

With fall weather here please be aware that it can be unpredictable.  Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment so use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the weather as temperature, wind and precipitation can change quickly. Be prepared for all types of weather. This report is compiled on Monday and Tuesday and reflects conditions and results of fishing from the past week.  If you wish other information feel free to contact most parties for current daily information.

Good luck fishing from the Montana Outdoor Radio Crew.
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
“Not a lot of people on the water this week.  I headed toward Forchette
and caught a 19 inch bass.  The water temp is 58 degrees.  The water level
is still going up. If you are coming up call to see if fuel is available.
I am closed but will be around some of the time,” Bill said.

Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley

Spencer says, “Tongue had pretty good fishing this week I heard.  Right
now there are six boats out. I think it will improve if we get more warm
days coming out.”
Others have said the crappie, walleye and bass are moving shallow. A lot
of bass being caught. They say water temp is 65 degrees. Try using a jig
and a crawler.

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir

Staff reports,” Fishing is some days good and some days guys are not
having any luck.  One bunch of guys had three boats and caught 18 northern
pike.  There are  some nice small mouth hitting up the lake.  Going west
about 14 miles they are catching crappies. If the wind stays down you can
catch the pike. and small mouth. Last week we saw big northern pike
caught. Fishing when you can get out there is hit and miss .“

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” They are catching a few more salmon this week
off the rocks and on the face of the dam and also in the marina bay.
Lake trout are slow but picking up. Walleye fishing is spotty but when
they catch them they nice ones.  Not a whole bunch but size is nice.
Northern pike and small mouth continues to be excellent I would say real

Lake Elmo Billings
Any fishing has seen warmer weather but the wind has made it tough some
days. Not a lot of fishermen out there right now.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
Malerie says, “Fishing is kind of picking up this week if you are in a
boat.  The shore fishing has been decent. Rainbow trout fishing has
cooled off some.  The docks are still in. (as of Tuesday) but Rock
Creek and Marshall Cove will be pulled out this week. There were more
boats out there this week.”

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261

We hear fishing has been slow.  Not many people talking about getting
anything. Deadman’s fishing was rough this week because of wind.
Martinsdale still is not a place people are going.  Hearing the muskies
hasn’t started. Just not many talking when they do go out.

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

“Spring Creek is fishing good.  The brown trout are starting to be
caught. Try using black and gold or black and silver. Use streamers.
There is a little bank fishing starting at Achley.  Use rainbow and
sherbert colored for the best result. They are catching catfish on the
river.  Use river rigs and night crawlers,” Charlie says.
Crooked Creek-Grant
No new report. The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999.

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281
“ From Huntley to Custer has been insane, excellent for bass. Use a Jig
and a minnow or tube bait with a night crawler.  Walleye fishing from
Custer to Forsyte is good.  Some sauger are getting caught.
I heard from some guys who are doing well on Cooney.  They were catching 2
to 3 pound walleye. Guys are catching the bigger ones in the evening.
Another guy said during the day the fish were 10 to 18 inches We are in
winter hours as of Oct. 1st.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we are open
11 to 5. Saturday hours are 7 to 5 pm. Sunday to Tuesday is appointment
only. I have lockers and can put it in there for you just call,” Eddie
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“ This week Canyon Ferry has been medium fishing this week. The weather
has been strange. Fish north, go deep 20 to 50 feet. They are catching
some walleye. They are catching lots of rainbows. This is no guarantee
just the best I know. The water has turned over and it is little
clearer,” Sharon says.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611

“I am hearing Nelson is good.  They are catching walleye. It has turned
on.  Try a 13 to 14 inch jig with a minnow. It was okay fishing. A worm
and a minnow can really work for walleye at times. Forchette’s   water
has warmed and it is active fishing.  You can catch all species, walleye,
northern pike, drum, bass and cats,” Jim reports.

Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
any time
Billings-Scheels Josh

Josh says, “I heard Cooney was not good. Pretty slow.  Heard that from
a couple of guys.  On the Yellowstone guys are catching bass from
Hysham  to  Huntley. Heard they were on fire. They used jigs and flies
and had success with both.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

” Canyon Ferry has turned over.  It was really slow guys say.
The rivers are fishing well.  You can catch some nice browns on the
rivers.  You can catch some nice rainbows on the rivers now. The rivers
are higher and you can fish the deeper holes. I also was told from a guy
who headed to Tostson Dam caught rainbow trout but not one walleye, “ Rich

Shop hours are Sunday 12 to 4 pm.  Closed Monday.  Tuesday to Saturday
7am to 6 pm.  You can always call ahead if you are coming through and need
Something  on off hours and we may be able to help.

Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977

Chris says, “Except for the wind, fishing has been generally good. Warm
days have helped.  Use streamers and nymphs in the morning.  There is a
little dry fly action. You can use a hopper dropper.  Somedays there is
some mayfly action. It is good on the Stillwater. The Yellowstone River
is pretty clear. The water conditions are holding real well.”

We now are in fall hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sun. from
9 am to 5 pm. We are closed Monday.

 Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375

Evan says, “The water is at 3500 CSF and will be dropped to 3250 CFS on
Wednesday morning. Fishing wise, use more streamers.  Use  hoppers and
beetles and hit close to the banks.  We are seeing tricots in the morning
if there is no wind. Today (Tuesday) is really windy.  Try tan caddis in
the afternoon.  Use a larger nymph pattern or scuds. Use a size 16 to 18
Ray Charles. San Quan worm is working pretty well.”

Call if you need specific information.” Our shop hours are 7 am to 5 pm.
Monday to Sunday.