Fishing in Montana

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 7.27.15
By angelamontana

Posted: July 30, 2015

With warm weather is 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
“Things have slowed this week because of the heat and the wind we had.
They are catching walleye at depths of 20 to 28 feet. Mostly little
walleye. The northern pike fishing has slowed. The water temperature is 74
degrees. You just have to work for them right now,” Bill said.
We are open 7 to 9 all week and 7 to 9 on the weekend.

Tongue River Reservoir /Bob Pederson
“Fishing has been very slow. Yesterday was  so warm . It was 109 at 4 pm
here. Completely unbearable. Fishing was very slow as you can imagine.
Basically it was dawn and dusk fishing, and playing in the water the
rest of the day. Weekends continue to be totally   booked on the
electric sites. There have been several walk in sites available the last
couple of weekends. If people have a generator they can beat the heat.I
would expect we will go to fire restrictions tomorrow with the extreme
alert for today. Right now it can’t rain enough to help I think,” Bob
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley

Gracyn says,” The walleye have spread more.  They have scattered. Walleye
seem to be at 10 to 30 feet.  We are hearing of a lot of bass being
caught.  Catching them mostly on worms with spoons.  Crappie fishing is a
bit better especially back close to shore.  We have seen a 9 ½ pounds and
12 ½ pounds. Also a 5 pound largemouth   and a 10 pound northern pike.”

Stephanie and Wade Bastrom now run the Tongue river Marina.  The Marina
schedule is Monday to Thursday 8 to 6 pm, On Friday and Saturday 7 to 9 pm
and Sunday, 7 to 6 pm. We will have minnows, leaches and night crawlers.

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345  Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“The walleye seem to be picking up at Hell Creek. Try heading toward Snow
Creek and Sutherland. Guys are fishing with mostly bottom bouncers and
leeches. Most fish caught seem to be small, 15 to 18 inches . The northern
pike seem to be starting to pick up again.  They have caught 10 to 20 feet
down on a weed point or in the coves, “ Wayne says.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597

Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” They are catching some pretty nice salmon at
the face of the dam. It is pretty good.  Better than 4 years ago.  I know
most are 4 to 10 pounds and a few 16 pounders.  We have 60 mph winds a
couple days this week.  The northerns are biting and also the bass.   I am
seeing some nice lake trout.  At 115 to 120 feet.  Try  evil eyes and

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob says,” The wind and heat have not been your friend for fishing this
week. The fishing has been only fair this week.  Fishing in the morning
and evening is bringing some success. By and large those are the times
when you can catch something otherwise people are just enjoying the
water.   ”

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Word has it walleye fishing has really picked up a little. Try bright
neon lures and pink power bait. No fire restrictions as of yet.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani

Tony says,” Fishing has picked up for salmon.  Boat fishermen have seen
some success. not a lot of other action. They are using spinners and the
salmon are small right now. The water is still down 20 feet. I again want
to remind campers about our change to a pay site. Deadmans is now a pay
site.”  There are 22 sites and soon will have 24 camp sites at Deadmans.

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I have heard that Basin picked up a little bit.  They tell me you need
to fish early morning.  Boats have been doing better.  They are using red
and yellow colored Panther Martins with silver.”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-819
“We got 2 to 3 ½ inches  of rain in the last hours.  If you go to Fort
Peck west to Crooked Creek, Forchette and Duck Creek you will hear that
they are doing well heading for the rock piles.  They are catching bass
and walleye at 6 to 18 feet deep. Spring Creek is off color after the
rain. Before the rain the guys were doing well with hoppers.  Achley has
been off because of the heat.  On the Missouri the moss is up.

Crooked Creek-Grant
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday.  The fish are
biting well there. The store is open and they have night crawlers and
other supplies. The campground is open. The number is 1-406-429-2999.

Minnow Bucket-Eddie White  696-1281  (report from last week no contact
this week)/
Eddie said,” The Yellowstone river is definitely clear right now. The
Yellowstone is dropping slowly. Catfish fishing is best at night. Use
cut bait, minnow and blood shrimp.  Bass fishing is hit or miss. I went
2 days ago and caught a lot and then the very next day I got none.  It
really is a day by day thing.”

We are now in summer hours.  We are closed Monday. On Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday we are open 11 to 5, Friday 11 to 7, Saturday 7
to 7 and Sunday 7 to 5pm.

Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon

Fishing is medium. The walleye that are being caught and are mostly
keeper size 14 to 16 inches in size.  Perch are real good. They are start
to bite.  They are also catching trout.  Try using pinks and blues.   A
couple northern pike have also been caught. Trout fishing is good.”

The Camp-mak-a-dream Walleye Benefit will be held on August 2, 2015 at
Canyon Ferry.  The rules meeting is July 31st, 2015 7 pm with a BRBQ
before. Call Carol for information at 406-633-2598 or to sign up. You
can sign up at Canyon Ferry with Carol Wednesday afternoon to Friday for
the event.

The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

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

Jim said, “It’s wet.  It has been raining. Nelson’s level has been going
down rapidly.  That has changed how you need to put your boat in the
water.  Putting in at the dock does not work well.  You need to put in
next to the ramp because of water dropping. Use the gravel next to the
ramp. Walleye continue to be good in the Fishing is okay right now.
Nelson seems to have a good morning bite. It just is the best time to
fish. Go deep. Bone trail and   Forchette have slowed down.  The big
ones are in 30 feet of water.”
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
any time

Josh says,” At Cooney it has picked up I have heard. Fish early morning
and evening to catch fish. Trout fishing has been better using a night
crawler. No other word on trout.

Hell Creek people are saying is tougher fishing.  Some are describing it
as bad. They have caught just eater size walleye.

Tongue fishing has been slow. You have to work for them.
The Stillwater is fair fishing.  Fishing on the water has been pretty good.

At Martinsdale they are catching trout.  People are saying they are
catching their limits from shore.
Just a note, we just got in the new Mustad Super Death Hooks in.  This is
a redesign with a a specialized curved hook that is supposed to really
work incredibly well.”

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
We got 1 inch of rain over night. The Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin
River are low and still in hoot hour restrictions. On Gallatin people are
complaining about a lot of moss. We had snow on the Bridgers.
Canyon Ferry fishing is pretty good for walleye. Lots of little ones 10
to 12 inchers.  A few big ones, 14 to 17 inches,” 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
“Fishing is great.  Yellowstone has cleared up.  Seeing caddis.  Use
hoppers.  A little action with nymphs has been seen.
On the Stillwater no hoppers have we seen.  There is better wadding in the
upper part from Absarokee to Woodbine. It is better floating from
Jeffery’s landing to Itch kep pe Park. “
We now are in summer 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 666-2375
Josh says,” The cfs as of today (Tuesday) 2500. The water is 55 degrees.
Fishing is good. Try the black caddis in the evening.  Nymph fishing is
the same.  Try a Yellow Sally. Streamers are working.  Try black and blond
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.

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