With winter starting be aware that it can be very
Unpredictable. Enjoy yourself but remember alcohol alters your judgment
So use it sparingly while enjoying the outdoors. Keep an eye on the
weather as conditions such 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.
(Report compiled by Carol Henckel)
Rock Creek Marina-Bill 1-406-485-2560
Bill said, “No one has been fishing here this week. I know that they are
still fishing at the dam but here I have not seen anyone. The lake trout
are still biting at the dam. We are just waiting for ice and the weather
forecast says winter is coming. ” “The Marina is closed now. The cabins
and campground will be open for a while. We will have some fuel and ice
if I am here, “Bill said.
Tongue River Reservoir /Bob
Bob says,” Fishing has had only a few takers this week. The crappies can
be caught but if the fisherman are not talking about getting any. I
will say if you head this way the deer population is in full force and
so many are on the road. Lots of them out and lots of accidents. More
than I have seen other years, so be careful. The campground at Campers
Point 1 to 8 is still open and has electricity and will have it until
April 15th for fishermen. ”
Tongue River Marina 1-406-757-2225 Wade Stephanie /Warden Jordan Straley
“I spoke to my bait guy this week and he says guys are still catching
walleye. Hey are using the usual bottom bouncers and have caught some 2
to 3 pounders. We are closed. We are thinking we will be open for ice
fishing later on. When the ice comes on we plan on being open Saturdays.
We do plan to have minnows then.” Wade said.
Clint Thomas- Hell Creek Marina 1-406- 557-2345 Craig Putchat-Park Office
Hell Creek-Fort Peck Reservoir
“We have had some days where the wind has been really bad. The northern
pike are doing okay. The bass fishing has slowed down. There has been a
touch of ice on the edges. Our temperatures have been 40 degrees during
the day but 25 degrees at night. That is about to change I think,” Darla
Gene Moore Lake Ridge Motel 1-406-526-3597
Gene says, “They are still catching lake trout and northern pike. The bite
is okay. Walleye are just not biting. You can take a boat out. We are on
the reservation right now and the roads are good for getting around.”
Lake Elmo Billings FWP-Bob Gibson
Bob said,” This week we have seen the first skim of ice. Today there
are about 2.000 geese on the water and the ice must be a bit thicker
because they are walking on it, yesterday they couldn’t. Of course it
is not thick enough for anyone else. Not seeing any fishermen.”
Cooney Reservoir Jenny/ Malerie/ Glenis
“Guys are still shore fishing. Guys fishing are catching trout. Not
many walleye being caught. All the docks are out. Using the ramp
fishermen are still able to get some boats in,” Jennifer said.
Deadmans Tony Stefani
No fisherman out this week. They are coming to hunt. Lots of wind. has
been up to 40 mph. Campers remember it is now a pay site.
Deadmans/Martinsdale Cozy Corner Bar Lavina 406-636-22
Martinsdale is decent some days from shore. Catching a few 2 pound
rainbows. The weather coming may change that.
Don’s Lewistown-Dale 1-800-879-8194
Dale said, “We are making ice here. We have 1 ½ inches on the local
ponds. The snow storm is coming so things are changing. It is blowing like
crazy here right now.”
Crooked Creek marina please Call for information on it being open. The
pier has been pulled. The number is 1-406-429-2999.
Minnow Bucket-Eddie White 696-1281
Some walleye are being caught on the river at Huntley. Walleye and sauger
are being caught from Hysham east mostly on a jig and a minnow. With the
weather coming that will change.
We are now in winter hours. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday by appointment
only. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday we are open 11 to 5. On Saturday
we are open 7 noon.
Silos Canyon Ferry-Sharon
“There is no snow here yet. You can catch trout but mostly by shore. It
has be 13 degrees here so you have to be tough. One fellow found
walleye on the other side. The fish are still out there but you gotta
get out there to do it,” Sharon said.
The Marina is open. Hours are 7 am to 7 pm.
West Side Sports Jim Mayer 1-406-654-1611
“Nelson is starting to freeze up the edges. I hear the fishing on Nelson
fishing is a hard bite. At Forchette the guy I talked to fished all day
and got 2 fish. So it is slow, “Jim says.
Shop hours are 8 to 6 Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday. Stop in
Billings-Scheels Dan , McCahen
McCahen says,” the river is getting slushy in places. Everyone is just
waiting for ice fishing. It has been good for catfish. Guys were
catching sauger and bass at Hysham. Guys are coming in for jigs and
minnows. No specific color is working.
At Cooney I hear some guys are coming in for more minnows because they are
catching fish from shore.
On the Big Hon fishing is still good. They are catching trout. I talked
to a client who did well just yesterday. He did say it was super cold
Rich’s Tackle Richard 406-285-4540
Guys are catching at Canyon Ferry but the cold makes it no fun to do. It
is real windy. We have small ponds that are starting to freeze, “Rich
The shop is now closed to walk ins until November 30th. Call for help by
Stillwater Anglers-Chris 406-322-4977
“I have not been out. I would think fishing is just okay. The cold
temperatures makes fishing slower. Streamers are what I would use if I
would go out. The cold weather will definitely change things,“ Chris
We now are in winter hours in the shop and are open Tuesday to Sat 9 to
2pm. We are closed Sunday and Monday.
Big Horn Trout Shop Fort Smith 666-2375
Fishing is really good. Streamer fishing right now is good on the
cloudy days. Try the San Quan worm, scuds or sow bugs Nymph fishing has
been consistent if the wind doesn’t blow. The water is going down.
Our shop hours are 7 am to noon now Monday to Sunday.