Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 3.30.15
By angelamontana

Posted: April 2, 2015

With spring 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. 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
“Ice finally came off on Saturday. We had 45 mph winds.  There were a few
fishermen out but I did not hear off any results.  The water temperature
at Rock Creek is 38 degrees and 42 degrees at Nelson Creek.  You can shore
fish. Heard a few walleye caught and no northerns caught at Nelson,” Bill

Tongue River Reservoir
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Colton/Bob Pederson/Warden Jordan Straley
Bob says,” One of my guys asked one of the regulars how the fishing was.
The answer was “I heard 9 years ago it was good.”  We had a lot of
fishermen here this weekend again. Many were blew off because of the wind.
There was very little action. Occasional fish was caught. One or two fair
size northern pike.  A few dedicated fly fishermen were doing good and
catching a few rainbow trout and browns.”

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345  Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“The lake trout are biting at Crooked Creek. They are pulling cranks at 15
to 20 feet.  We had some of that wind here. Walleye and northern pike
fishing is slow here.  People had better luck bank fishing getting
northern pike,“ Clint says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,”It has been pretty slow.  Heard of a few
northern pike and walleye. I have heard no reports of lake trout. We did
have some nice weather but some 60 to 65 mph winds.”

Lake Elmo Billings
Bob says,” I have seen a lot of fishermen out there.  I know they are
catching a few fish so they are biting.  The guys have not stocked fish
yet. That happens in a month or two.”

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Maleri
Some have said a small mouth bass are being caught as well as trout.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani
Tony says,” If you pick your days you can find some fish.  Fishermen are
going on boats and shore fishing.  It is slow trout fishing and a few
salmon were caught with marshmellows and a worm.  You really have to watch
the wind.”

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-2261
Some people have got out fishing. A few trout have been caught. Always a
problem with wind right now. No reports of musky being caught. At Bear
Reservoir the wind again blew and forced guys off the water. Fishing has
been best from the shore,

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
”River fishing is good. Use live minnows, dead minnows and night crawlers.
The campground at Fred Robinson is open now.  Ice is off at Crooked Creek.
Off shore people are catching northern pike and walleye.  Spring Creek is
good fishing using Mepps or panther martins.  The water is a bit off
color.  Achley is good fishing,” Charles says.

Crooked Creek-Grant
The number to check if it is open is 1-406-429-2999. Word has it is slow

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281
Eddie says, “The Yellowstone from Huntley east is fishing well  for
catfish, small mouth bass and ling. The cats have been 4 to 12 pounds and
the sauger 3 to 4 pounds. Only an occasional ling caught. From Hysham
east they are catching walleye and sauger.  They are catching at Tongue
but its slow.  Mostly small and large mouth bass and a few crappies.  At
Castle Rock Lake guys are catching bass and a few pike.”

We are in winter hours.  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
Sharon says,” We have good fishing. A 31 inch walleye was caught.  The
weather is the biggest deterrent but they are catching walleye , trout
and some ling.” The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Mindy says, “Fishing is good.  It is good at the river.  I heard Dodson
Dam is doing good. We have had wind and some rain,“ Jim said.

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

Billings-Scheels Josh ***Unable to get a current report this week***
3-22-15Josh says,” The Yellowstone has been slow people say for trout.
Cooney is open and a couple of walleye were caught jigging.  A few
rainbows were caught.  It is just not hot yet.  There was a 15 ½ pound
tagged walleye caught and put back. At Tongue people say they caught a
few crappies.  At Waco on the Yellowstone people have caught some cats
and a few ling.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
” Canyon Ferry has been pretty good.  If the wind would quit blowing that
would help.  They are pulling in walleye and rainbow trout.  They are
pulling a little of everything.  The river is also doing pretty good.
They are going 5 to 15 feet deep and catching lots of trout, some good
size ones. I know of a 33 inch walleye being caught besies the 31 incherr.
The walleye size is normal size, 14 to 17 inchers.  The Jefferson is
doing good.  The water is starting to get muddy which is a month or two
early,” 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, “Fishing is getting better. It is mostly Nymph fishing on
the Stillwater. Use copper Johns and night midges. The water clarity is
good. The Yellowstone has a little less clarity. It is just a tad off.
Use blue wing olive as they are working. Try streamers on the
Yellowstone. The water is pretty steady right now,”

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
Kurt explains,” The water level is 3510 cfs right now which is closer to a
normal flow. It has been good fishing. Try nymph fishing with orange scuds
and Gray Rays and tongue teasers. A few dry flies have worked if the wind
is low.  We have just seen a few midges and a few baetes. They are
catching a few walleye at the lake.”

Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.

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