(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
“We had a week full of a lot of wind and cold. The last report had
someone getting northern pike casting in the shallows but with the
change of weather no one has fished this week including me. The marina is
closed but I will be around some of the time. The cabins are still open,”
Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
The weather has been cold and windy. A report from someone who lives close
by says there is some ice forming. So it is a waiting game.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
Staff says, “Hell Creek weather has been windy and so cold. It is really
dead this last week. No one fished and very few hunted. No one has been
that brave. We got 4 to 5 inches of snow.”
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge says,” It has been real cold. I have gone pheasant
hunting which has been good but really really cold. But the lake trout
has slowed some yesterday it was 10 below all day with 28 mph wind so the
fish have been safe. We will see what comes next week.”
Lake Elmo Billings
The week saw a few catching rainbows until the weather changed. The
wind, cold and snow coming shut things down.
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
The North Shore dock was being repaired last week and will be worked on
the beginning of this week as well. If you are planning on using a ramp
use Marshall Cove. They were catching walleye before the weather
changed. Shore fishing had been just okay.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261
“No one has talked of fishing this week. We have had lots of wind, lots
of wind,” staff says,
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
“Spring Creek was mostly nymph fishing this week and they were catching.
The river had started to take off. The colder weather is here. We are at
5 to 8 below right now. So no one wants to be out there now,” Dale says.
Before the weather they were catching some a few pike and walleye going
north at Crooked Creek. The number to check if it is open is
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Eddie says ,“I am hearing Hysham area was only fair walleye fishing this
week. From Hysham east they had started catching some ling. A friend
says ice is starting on Tongue”
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 way down. It is just the weather changing and the
wind and cold makes it no fun to be out there. They have just not seen
Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“The fishing is too d___ cold. We got 4 to 5 inches. Saturday was
beautiful and the fishing was sporadic. They were catching then. Now
all I can say is start getting your tip ups re-spooled. I actually sold
my first ice fishing items today,” Jim reports.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Josh says, “No one is talking fishing with the cold and the weather
this week. Guess we have to think ice fishing.”
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Rich says, “ Canyon Ferry was slow I have heard. Not many guys out. If
the temperature was 30 degrees you had to deal with the wind. It just
has to warm up. The rivers were good before the weather for browns. I am
spending my time making lures.”
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 was the story and cold again. Not much action on
the Yellowstone fishing because of the weather. It was okay for nymphing
is before the weather change.” Try a copper Johns in red and green.
Also try hairs ears and Prince nymphs.
We now are in fall hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat. from
9 am to 2 pm. We are closed Monday and Sunday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-237
The river was at 3,000 CVS last week. The water has discoloration right
now. Streamers are the best to do right now. Use small wooly buggers in
olive and black. For the nymph fishing try simple scuds or a 18 size gray
Ray Charles. Dry fishing is slow. You have to find the right place at the
right time. Sometimes that fishing is nonexistent.
Call if you need specific information.” Our shop hours are 7 am to 5 pm.
Monday to Sunday.