Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 10.6.14
By angelamontana

Posted: October 8, 2014

(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
“Walleye fishing was rough this week. The winds were really out and that
made fishing not a possibility. With the warmer weather predicted it
should get better. The water temp is still 57 degrees.  Hopefully the wind will
die down and guys can get out there,” Bill

Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
Tongue has decent fishing this week. The crappie, walleye and
bass are moving shallow. A lot of bass being caught. The water temp is 65
degrees. Use a jig and crawler or cranks.

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

Megen reports,” Walleye fishing is still decent. If the wind stays down
you can catch some Northern pike and small mouth. Last week we saw big
northern pike caught. Fishing when you can get out there is hit and
miss. Some days are good but the same place the next day they won’t do as
well.  You can still use a minnow and jig for northerns but cranks are not
working like the jig.  The colors to use the week before were bright
orange and red.  Go 15 foot or less to find them.“

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” Head west toward the pines at
Gilbert Creek if you can handle the mosquitos. They are also going toward
Crooked Creek. You can get some walleye but you have to work at it, go
down 40 feet deep. Lake trout are not hot yet. That is when it usually
happens. Salmon are being caught hit and miss at the dam still. ”

Lake Elmo Billings
The fishing has been better with the warmer weather but then the wind
stopped fishermen for a couple of days. Very few fishermen
out there right now.

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
The wind was the story this week. There were one a couple of boats out
this week. Trout when you were able to get out was slow and spotty.  A
few walleye being caught out by the dam. Jigging seems to be working
but experience helps. The water is low.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261

Ken says, “I heard some guys were having luck at Basin.  It seems fishing
has been slow.  Not many people talking about getting anything. Deadman’s
fishing was rough way too much wind. , Some are limiting
out with a lot of others they catch and release because of size.  They
are using spinners and lures instead of cowbells right now.  Some told me
they had a good weekend catching rainbow trout. Martinsdale still is not
a place people are going.  A few say it is not good and the muskies
haven’t started. I took a drive to Bear Reservoir and could not find a
single fisherman.  That is not a good sign. Just not many talking when
they do go out so I don’t think they are catching.”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

“Spring Creek is fishing well. They are using blue wings and  hoppers.
Nymph fishing is also good. Try Pheasant tails for success. It is
definitely turning into good fall fishing. The Missouri is full of moss
from PN to Fred Robinson.  The bite is not strong,” Dale says.
Crooked Creek-Grant
No new report. The Marina is open Friday, Saturday and
Sunday of every weekend. The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999.

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281
“Catfish have been biting. Live minnows are working well right now. You
can catch sauger in the river.  On the Yellowstone River they are biting
well.  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,” Eddie says.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“This week Canyon Ferry has been slower fishing this week.  We are
blaming it on the full moon. Go deep 20 to 50 feet. They are catching
some walleye, rainbows and perch there as well. They are getting walleye
going east and north. Trout fishing is still good,” Sharon says.

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

“I am hearing Nelson is good. It has turned on.  A friend used a jig 13
to 14 inch with a minnow and got some walleye. It was okay fishing. He
changed to a worm and in 5 minnows he had 10 walleye.  Forchette 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 sometimes was good for walleye with cranks.
Yellowtail Barry’s Landing   had the tournament this week.  They only
had 32 teams.  The wind really blew and I heard everyone was using
something different. They did catch walleye but that wind made it hard.
On the Yellowstone guys went there by Huntley and had good luck.  They
used jigs and flies and had success with both.  They were catching nice
small mouth bass.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

I headed to Canyon Ferry this week again. It was really slow, not good.
It has turned over and that makes it slow they say.  I got 2 walleyes and
2 rainbow trout.
You can catch some nice browns on the rivers.  They have caught
some nice rainbows on the rivers lately.  The Madison is doing pretty good
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

Bill reports, “The Yellowstone is pretty clear.  It is good fishing. The
Stillwater is also fishing well.  It is clear the whole way.  Try nymph
fishing.  Use a purple haze in the morning or a blue wing in the
evening.  There are a few drys that are working like parachute Adams.
You can also use a few hoppers like Jack Cabes or Copper Johns.”
We now are in Summer 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 Rich
Rick says, “The water is not clear.  It gets better a couple of feet down.
No visibility on top.  The water is at 4000 CSF and will be dropped to
3500 CFS on Wednesday. It is good dry fly fishing. Tricos, are working in
the mornings when the water is cool. Stimulators have been good. Nymph
fishing is fair to good. Use shorter nymphing rigs. Try larger scuds or
gray rays. For streamers  are very good.  Any wooly buggers work right

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