(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)
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
“The wind has blown this week. Yesterday it was 60 mph. One day it blows
and the next it doesn’t so no one is fishing. I did hear someone caught a
6 pound walleye at the dam. Hopefully this weekend will be better. If
you are coming up call to see if fuel is available. The marina is closed
but I will be around some of the time. The cabins are still open,” Bill
Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
The weather was not as good for fishing. There has been some wind. They
have caught some walleye and crappies are being caught. You have to find
the hole but if you do you really can catch them.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Clint says,” The weather has been pretty crappy this week. Walleye
fishing is pretty slow. If you fish when the sun is out and the weather is
good you can do pretty good on bass. Go real shallow 8 to 12 to 14 feet.
The northerns have been up in the edge of the weeds. If you are a skilled
northern fisherman you are finding them. Guys trying cranks are not
finding them working.”
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” The lake trout have started. Now if only the
weather would get better. We had rain and big winds. Then the next day
the winds were light and they were catching them at Hacksbee point and
bear creek. Some nice Northern pike and small mouth bass are being caught.
Not many walleye being caught. They are snagging a salmon at the dam once
in a while.”
Lake Elmo Billings
Fishermen are still out there. Trout being caught. Guys that have been
out in the weather without wind are having some luck.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
Jennifer says, ”Fishing seems to have picked up from a boat. They have
been lining up by along Red Lodge Creek and catching. They have been
catching walleye.” Shore fishing has been just okay some have said.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261
“Kokanees are being caught at Deadmans. They are startng to run. Some
guys are trolling but not doing as well as the guys off the dock.
Rainbows were not as good this week.
Martinsdale has picked up. They are doing good. Fishermen are catching
bigger rainbow trout. The fish are starting to move, “Ken says.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
“Spring Creek is definitely fishing well. Nymph fishing is good
right now. Use Copper Johns and blue wing olives to catch fish. Blue wing
action is good midafternoon. Achley, is doing well from shore. By boat
they are catching nice rainbows. The river is still mossy,” Dale says.
Ken at Cozy Corners says,” They are catching some nice pike and walleye
going north at Crooked Creek.” The number to check if it is open is
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
“From Huntley to Custer is excellent for bass. We went out and got our
limit. We got 3 ½ pound bass, sauger but only two walleye. The
walleye were 4 to 5 pounds. We were using a jig and a minnow.
On the Upper Yellowstone they are really catching mostly small mouth bass.
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 says.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“Canyon Ferry has slowed a bit but it is still decent fishing this week.
They are fishing northeast going deep. Catching walleye and rainbow
trout. The fish have been average size. Just haven’t seen as many guys.
They need to put their guns down and go fishing they might get more,”
Sharon says. Our hours are 7 am to 7 pm,”
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“The fishing has been phenomenal this week. It has really picked up. Use
a minnow and jig and go 20 to 30 feet deep. Some nice walleye being
caught. Size is 18 to 20 inches with a few bigger,” Jim reports.
Still hearing from others that at Forchette the water has warmed and
fishing is active. You can catch bass, walleye, northern pike, drum and
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Josh says, “I heard at Yellowtail top waters are working well for bass.
At Cooney they are catching some nice walleye right now. They are
trolling cranks. I know of some who are catching sauger by Huntley and
doing well. I also heard the lake trout are hitting at Fort Peck.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Still hearing they are catching on the north end of Canyon Ferry.
Catching mostly walleyes and rainbow trout. Not as big going south it
The rivers are good fishing right now. Browns on the rivers are
running. You can also catch some nice rainbows. The Headwaters are also
fishing well right now, “ Rich says.
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, “The wind has been nasty some days this week. On the
Yellowstonefishing has been okay. Nymphing is working. Try a copper
Johns in red and green. Also try hairs ears and Prince nymphs. Over cast
blue wing olives if you can. There is no hurry to get out in the morning
as it is pretty cold so wait until it warms up at midmorning.”
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 river is at 3,000 CVS right now. The water has
discoloration right now. We really don’t know why as the water turned over
weeks ago. It is a real question of why. Streamers are the best to do
right now. Try stump busters and small wooly buggers in olive and
black. For the nymph fishing try simple scuds or a 18 size gray Ray
Try some tongue teasers as well. Dry fishing is slow. You have to find
the right place at the right time. Sometimes that fishing is non
Call if you need specific information.” Our shop hours are 7 am to 5 pm.
Monday to Sunday.