Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 9.29.14
By angelamontana

Posted: October 1, 2014

With fall weather approaching please be aware that it can be unpredictable. Remember to stay hydrated as you fish. 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
“They are catching northern pike this week. Few walleye are being caught.
Few bass are being caught.  Water temperature I 60 degrees.  It has to
change for the lake trout to bite.  Not many fishermen up here so hard to
tell much more,” Bill said.

Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
Bob reports, “The guys fishing this weekend had a hard time finding
crappies.  They are catching a few walleye but no size.  Very few bass
being caught. The Tongue has been fishing pretty slow. The weather this
week has been cold, humid and misty when the font came in.”

We now have September hours.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we are now
closed.  We will be open Thursday to Sunday 8 am to 6 pm.

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

Megan reports, ”fishing is good for northern pike.  It seems to be mostly
early in the morning. One group came in with a 6.5 pound bass. They had
hoped it was a state record but that is 6.8 pounds.   You can catch a
bunch of walleye but they have no size right now.“

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” Not much salmon being caught.  You can ctch a
hell of a lot of northern pike right now.  The small mouth bass are doing
well. Lake trout are slow.  Just wait until Oct. 25th when they hit.  If
you try for lake trout try cranks.”

Lake Elmo Billings
“The weather has been chilly and windy. Not many serious fishermen right
now. They are all out hunting.  Not a lot of fish being caught,” Bob

Big Horn
Bob says,” I am hearing it has been good.  The CFS is at 3800. They are
anticipating that the water level will stay steady.  The moss is out
they are telling us.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
“Not many out fishing.  The weather has made it so there were only 2
days people fished this day.  One guy fished two days and only got 1
rainbow trout. Better chance of catching fish in the evening,” Glenis
says. r

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

Terry says, “My dad says you can knock them dead on the Upper Musselshell
right now.  Lots of bass and trout. He said he was killing them.
Otherwise people are buying a lot of worms and heading to Deadman’s.  So
they must be getting something   other than drowning worms. They just are
not telling us,” staff says.”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194

“Spring Creek is fishing well. There has been some hopper action. They
are using panther martins, Mepps, a few hoppers and beadhead nymphs. Try
gold and silver or just plain gold as they are. The guys are seeing some
blue wing action as well,” Dale says.
Crooked Creek-Grant
Deadmans has been slow.  Mother nature has not been nice so the fish
haven’t  been playing nice. No one is having much luck.
“The Marina is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every weekend. We
have gas, camping, and cabin rental.  The store has night crawlers and
ice.  Our number is 1-406-429-2999.

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281
“The Yellowstone is up 2 feet and is muddy.  Small mouth and walleye have
slowed down.  Catfish are still being caught,” Eddie says.

Tongue River- “Smallmouth fishing is good.  Go to 30 feet deep off shore.
Walleye are slow,” Eddie said.

The hours of the Minnow Bucket are Tuesday to Friday 11 to 7 pm, Saturday
7 to 7 pm and Sunday 7 to noon.

Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

“Walleye fishing has been decent. The weather has been discouraging. It
has been 60 degrees with no wind. It has not bad trout and perch fishing.
Go deep 20 to 40 feet. They are going straight out on either  side ,
going east and north. Townsend has its Fall Festival this weekend so come
up fish and have fun,” Sharon says.

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

“Fishing is good on Nelson right now. It is good for walleye Use bottom
bouncers. Go 17 to 25 feet deep. Use worms for walleye. Forchette was
rough to get to because of the road going in.  We had rain so gumbo was a
problem.  We had a warm day yeaterday with wind so it should get better,”
Mindy reports.

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

Josh says, “Yellowtail is on fire for bass.  I also hear they are
catching some sauger also.  It isn’t phenomenal but they are catching
some on bottom bouncers.
At Tongue smallmouth are doing pretty good.  Also caught northern pike.
They are using crankbaits with tube baits. Cooney has a lot of algae. The
bite was good.  In 4 hours they got 9 walleyes using a 2 oz lure with
bottom bouncers.  We used orange, pink, purple and chartreuse but nothing
was hot. At Fort peck I hear they are catching   northern pike and bass
right  now.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540

“My trip to Fort Peck was cold with some rain.  The mosquitos were
incredible.  Never saw them so bad.  Lots of standing water helped them.
We caught mostly northern pike and bas.  Not many walleye.  We marked
them but they just would not bite. Just not feeding. The water East was
pretty muddy.  Toward Timber Creek was clearer. I went to Canyon Ferry
and it was slow.  Not as many walleye caught but when you caught a
walleye it was bigger.  We were jigging and using just about everything.
The ones caught were 17 to 19 inch walleye, kind of chubby.  The rivers
are down.  The water has really dropped. The Gallatin is way down. The
Missouri is hanging in.  It is pretty good I hear,” Rich said.

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 reports, “The Yellowstone is muddy. Fishing it pretty good right
now. You see occasional plugs of mug coming down. The Stillwater is
fishable right now.  It is not bad. It has a little color. The CFS is
800 so down from the 1000 earlier.  Use the standard nymph patterns in
the morning when it is cold.  Use hoppers as it warms up.
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

Stephanie says, “The reservoir is at 4500.  You can still fish tricots and
spinners. The main action is nymphs.  They are using tongue teasers and
worms. Clarity is a little better. It is a bit off color.  Fish the upper
3 for better fishing.
Call if you need specific information.” Our shop hours  are 7 am to 5 pm.
Monday to Sunday.