Fishing with Family in South Dakota

Eastern Montana Fishing Report for the Week of 9.7.15
By angelamontana

Posted: September 10, 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
“It was really slow this week. Only a few bass, perch and northern pike.
They caught small ones, no lunkers.   It is supposed to get cool this next
week so that will pick things up.  Our bigger fish actually have been
caught from shore right now. We did not have a lot of fishermen for the
big weekend,” Linda said.

Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
“It was really slow this week. I think the forecast for bad weather
really changed things people did not come out. Only a few fishing lots
of cancelled reservations. At the end of the big weekend it picked up a
little.  Then they caught some crappies, bass and a few walleyes.  Water
level is good,” Bob explained.
Tongue River Marina  1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephannie /Warden Jordan Straley

Fishing for walleye has been slow. Bass fishing was on fire. Try plastics
or crank baits to catch them. Fly fishermen were really catching.  Some
boats had caught 50 fish. Crappie are being caught jigging or bottom
bouncing 10-25 ft. of water, “Wade said.

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.

Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345  Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“Very slow fishing this week. A couple of big northern pike caught.  If
you tried for walleye you headed toward Crooked Creek.  Try blue and
purple.  Go 8 to 20 feet using tube jigs. We did not have the number of
fishermen this week.  People were worried about the weather. The water at
Hell Creek turned over a week ago so things will pick up,” Cody said.

Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene, of Lake Ridge said,” Fishing is still good for salmon.  The weekend
had less salmon fishermen but I think they got scared off by the weather
forecast. Actually the weather was good and those that were here got fish.
They are still going deep to 75 to 95 feet deep.  Still using flashers and
squids. The lake trout are still biting.”

Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Numbers are down for fishing because of school. Fishing in the morning
and evening still seems to be best.

Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
Jennifer said, “It was good fishing over labor day.  They had good luck
at Fisherman’s Point.  They also were going across from Red Lodge Creek.
The trout were 18 inches or so. They found worms and marshmallows were
working.   The water is dropping quite a bit but it still above normal.
Cooney is in stage 1 fire restrictions according to their recording but
you can use the campfire designated fire rings.”  Some say walleye
fishing has picked up.

Deadmans  Tony Stefani
“Fishing has been good. Lures and spinners are working and boats are
getting their limits. Marshmallows, powerbait and worms have been working
well. Rainbows are biting,” Tony said.  Remember campers about our change
to a pay site.

Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
“I heard this week that they are catching on Deadmans or Martinsdale
again.  The guys say it is picking up on shore. Boats not as much. They
are trying trolling. From shore the worms are working.  ”

Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Charlie said, “Fishing has been pretty good. On Spring Creek use small
spinners or bead heads flies.  Try chartreuse.  Crooked Creek is doing
well on trout.  Try cranks for pike.  The walleye have been at 12 to 20
feet and they have been eater size. The Missouri has turned off.  At
Achley try off the dam trolling.  They are catching musky at 12 to 25

Crooked Creek-Grant
Crooked Creek marina is now open Friday, Sat and Sunday.  Word has it
that the fishing is doing well at Crooked Creek. Walleye are still being
caught. 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
Eddie reports, “On the Yellowstone the bass fishing is excellent.  The
bass are coming out to play.  I went to the Phillipsburg area over Labor
Day weekend and went to Storm lake and caught some nice cutthroat. I also
went to Beaver Trail Lake and caught some perch and cutthroat. Catfish
fishing on the Yellowstone is better with the cooler weather.”
The Fall Cats Fever Tournament will be held this weekend.  It is held
between Huntley and the Big Horn.  Cost is $100. For 2 days. Call the
Minnow Bucket for information.

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
“We had a slow weekend as far as having a lot of people fishing.  The
weather forecast scared them off.  The fishing was decent.  Lots of
numbers but still not size.  They are heading north to Goose Bay and
White Earth. Trout fishing is still good. Most are using crankbaits and
bottom bouncers,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.

West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
Nelson is has picked up. Use a jig and a large size minnow.  They are
catching walleye, bass and pike.  Pretty much everything. Forchette has
been fishing good using a jig and minnow now.  Use a 3 to 4 inch minnow
and go 30 to 40 feet deep. It has been beautiful here today.  Still a

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

Staff says,” I fished Fort Peck for the last 7 days.  The front came
through and fishing was painfully slow.  On Friday we got into some small
mouth,  It turned cold and was miserable and then the wind came up
blowing at 20 to 25 mph.
People say they are doing very well at Crooked Creek. West of Forchette
they are finding fish using cranks.
I still hear they are catching at the Fort Peck dam salmon.
Heard they are catching bass, cats and walleye in the Hysham area on the

Rich’s Tackle Richard  406-285-4540
“I am still hearing they are catching little walleye at Canyon Ferry
fishing. They are catching numbers in walleye. The walleye are deeper.

The rivers are open.  It is definitely mossy and weedy which makes it
harder for fly fishing.  It is still pretty smoky,” 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, “On the Yellowstone hoppers are a strong bite. You can
really see the nice features on the river because of the clarity. That
is not often seen so clearly.  You can see the play and see the rock
structures.  That makes it a nice experience. On the Stillwater the
water temperature has cooled.  The days are getting shorter and that is
helping fishing.  You can float both the Yellowstone and Stillwater. In
the late morning use hoppers.  Nymphs are working in the morning.  Try
pink, purple or tan. The Chubby Chernobyl, Fat Frank or trail it with a
terrestrial beetle or ant.  With the water turned up it is better than
last year.  The tricots on the Yellowstone are hard to play right now.
You can float both waters right now easily. “

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 is stable staying steady at 2500…  Tricos are
working in the early part of the day like 8 to 9 because it is cooler. If
it warms it will be at 7 am or so.  They are going more for orange scuds.
There is some action on caddis, hoppers and pseudos. Fishing is a mixed
bag. Use size 14 to 16. The dry flies work better early in the day.”
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.